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Sitges Fantastic Film Festival pays homage to Tom Savini and Paul Naschy

Until the 17th October, the Catalan coastal town of Sitges, located south of Barcelona, will be the world capital of Fantasy and Horror films. The opening ceremony honoured the actor and director Paul Naschy. Makeup artist Tom Savini and the director of Catalonia’s cinema school, Josep Maixenchs, were also awarded for their contributions to the world of cinema.

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08 October 2010 11:58 PM

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ACN / Sarah Garrahan

Sitges (ACN).- The director of Catalonia\u2019s film school, the ESCAC, Josep Maixenchs, assured the audience on Thursday afternoon that \u201Ccinema will never die\u201D and that \u201Cthere is a lot of talent that needs to be discovered and promoted\u201D. Maixenchs gave his speech during the inauguration of the 43rd edition of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia where he accepted the \u2018Maria Honorífica\u2019 award for the recognition of his career. Special effects and makeup artist Tom Savini was also awarded with the \u2018Màquina del Temps\u2019 prize. The ceremony also paid homage to the recently deceased actor and director Paul Naschy.


The 43rd edition of the Sitges Film Festival honoured director Stanley Kubrick\u2019s famous horror film \u2018The Shining\u2019 during its inaugural event. The festival\u2019s poster this year plays off of the striking image of the twin girls in \u2018The Shining\u2019.

Special effects and makeup artist Tom Savini received the \u2018Màquina del Temps\u2019 prize for his impact on the world of cinema, especially in fantasy filmmaking. Savini accepted the prize from last year\u2019s winner Greg Nicotero, thanking \u201Call of the films\u201D that made his childhood a happy one. Savini also explained that he has always had a \u201Cfeeling of inferiority\u201D that goes away in moments like this one when he received awards devoted to his trajectory as an artist.

The director of the ESCAC film school, Josep Maixenchs, received the \u2018Maria Honorífica\u2019 award for his contribution to Catalan cinema as an educator and \u2018creator of talents\u2019. Maixenchs stated that in Catalonia, the Spain and all over the world \u201Cthere is a lot of talent that needs to be discovered and promoted\u201D. He mentioned that one of the first students at the ESCAC was Guillem Morales, who inaugurated the film festival this year. Guillem Morales and his crew rose to the stage to present their film \u2018Los Ojos de Julia\u2019 (Julia\u2019s Eyes) during the inauguration ceremony. Morales calls it a \u201Cfeminist\u201D film. Actress and protagonist of the film Belén Rueda read a message to one of the film\u2019s producers, Guillermo del Toro, during the ceremony. She thanked the director for giving voice to \u201Ca thriller of uncommon ideas that knows how to respect fetishism and the rules of genre\u201D.

The inauguration ceremony also paid tribute to the deceased actor and director Paul Naschy. Last year\u2019s festival marked Naschy\u2019s last public appearance before passing away due to an illness. The festival will project various films from the director, including \u2018The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry' and \u2018Memoirs of a Wolfman\u2019.

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  • Tom Savini with his award (by ACN)

  • Part of the team of Los ojos de Julia, the movie opening the festival (by ACN)

  • Tom Savini with his award (by ACN)
  • Part of the team of Los ojos de Julia, the movie opening the festival (by ACN)
Sitges Fantastic Film Festival kicks off