How to become a member

The Federation looks for festivals that are economically viable and exert a strong genre presence in their region. Festivals are admitted to the Federation on the basis of their programming ability, screening conditions, staff commitment and promotional capacity, among other criteria.

Festivals are eligible for membership after completing three editions.  

The Federation has three types of membership: 

Supporting membership - this category is for non-European festivals. They promote both the Federation and European genre film abroad and provide input on the latest genre scene developments in their country. 

Adherent membership - this is the entry level for European festivals. They organise the short film Méliès d'Argent competition, promote European fantastic film and much more. 

Affiliated membership - after a certain time, adherent members may apply to become affiliated members, and then organise the Méliès d'Argent competition for narrative features. 

If you wish to apply for membership, the first step is to prepare a descriptive document on your festival, which should include, for example, its history and a summary of past editions; staff organisation, number of industry accreditation (actors, directors, etc.); number of media accreditations; media coverage, guests and films.

You should also state why you want to join, what your expectations are and what you think your festival will be able to contribute to the Federation. This should be sent as a pdf document to Christian Hallman, the Federation coordinator, at christian (at) melies.org.

We will review your application and present it at our next general assembly meeting. These are held biannually: during the Cannes International Film Festival in May and during Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, held in October. If the assembly approves the application, your festival will then invite, at their own expense, the Federation to send a representative to conduct an on-site evaluation during your next edition.

The ensuing report will be discussed at the next general assembly meeting and your application will be put to a vote. Once membership is approved, your festival is subject to Federation rules and regulations and will be charged an annual membership fee.

The process of applying for membership could take from a few months up to a year depending on your festival dates and when you apply for membership.