The Federation

The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (the Federation) is a tightly knit network of 25 film festivals from 19 countries, with a global attendance of over 800 000 visitors, making it a vital economic and cultural player on the fantastic film scene.

"25 festivals, 19 countries,
more than 800 000 spectators!"

Its mission is to promote European fantastic film productions throughout Europe and the world, by enhancing their visibitily and their standing both among the public and within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The Federation works to fulfill this mission through its festival network in Europe, its supporting members in Asia, North America and South America, as well as its Méliès awards for outstanding European genre films.

The festivals are major platforms for genre films in their respective regions. They all work closely within the Federation network, but embody diversity and individual artistic identity, through their distinct programming choices, including the Méliès competition selections. They feature both press and audience screenings and offer a full range of side events that include master classes, conferences and industry pitchings, bringing together a wide spectrum of viewers, iconic and emerging talent, and other industry professionals to share experiences and knowledge.  

"Each festival with an individual artistic identity!"

The Méliès d'Or and Méliès d'Argent awards are given each year to the best European fantastic feature and short films. The awards recognize quality and creativity, and generate unique visibility for the film and their directors. The winners are showcased by all of the Federation's festivals, including its supporting members, thereby encouraging their circlation worldwide.

Learn more about the Méliès cycle

The 23rd Méliès d'Or Ceremony will take place at the SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, in October 2019.