Blood Window, the new category premiering at Sitges 2014, presented its credentials in Cannes. The emblematic French festival’s market programmed five different screenings, held between last Friday and Tuesday, and that were sponsored by five members of this Latin American fantastic network: Sitges, Austin Fantastic Fest, Puchon Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), the Frontières genre co-production market (held in Montreal this year) and the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires.
The Blood Window Midnight Galas screenings in Cannes made it possible to present the Latin American genre film alliance –which Sitges has joined in on this year– at the beginning of the top worldwide film market. The event sponsored by Sitges was held last Sunday and included the intervention of Sitges Film Festival director Ángel Sala, who emphasized the opportunities generated by a wide-ranging, emerging fantastic film market like Blood Window. Sitges’ screening was Santiago Alvarado’sCapa Caída, winner of the Noves Visions Experimenta Award at Sitges 2013.
Blood Window presented Sitges in Cannes as “the number one fantastic film festival in the world and the cultural statement with the greatest impact in Catalonia”. In addition to Capa Caída, the other screenings were Gabriel Grieco’s Naturaleza Muerta, Isaac Ezban’s El Incidente, Martín Desalvo’s El Día Trajo la Oscuridad and Alejandro Hidalgo’s La Casa del Fin de los Tiempos,
Blood Window will have its very own category at upcoming Sitges 2014, with fantastic films from all over Latin America, but at the same time will also have a cross-sectional profile; meaning that it will be incorporating movies included in other categories. This section is also looking to implement cooperation in co-production, the creation of talent and its industry recruitment.