Méliès International Festivals Federation
Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), formerly European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF), established in 1987, is a network of 22 genre film festivals from 16 countries based Brussels, Belgium, and dedicated to promoting and supporting European cinema, particularly films in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres.
Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton describe it as "the biggest fan-based cult-network on the continent", comparable in scope to World Science Fiction Convention, San Diego Comic-Con International, and Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, though less commercial.
The MIFF annually awards the Méliès d'Or (Golden Méliès) for the best European fantastic feature film and short film, and the Federation Award for Best Asian Film.
The MIFF was founded in 1987 on the initiative of five film festivals: the Fantafestival in Rome, Fantasporto in Porto, the Paris International Festival of Fantastic and Science-Fiction Film, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival.
The MIFF created its first awards in 1995, the Méliès d'Argent (Silver Méliès) and the Méliès d'Or (Golden Méliès), named in honour of Georges Méliès, the great French pioneer of fantastic cinema and special effects. The awards were intended to highlight the creativity and quality of European fantastic films, stimulate production and promote them worldwide. The first Méliès d'Or ceremony was held by the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 1996 and the prize was given to Álex de la Iglesia for The Day of the Beast (Spanish: El día de la Bestia). Variety has called the Melies d'Or "Europe's top plaudit for horror pictures".
- Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, Brussels, Belgium
- Festival de Cine de Sitges, Sitges, Spain
- Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, Lund, Sweden
- MOTELx - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
- Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, Strasbourg, France
- Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, Trieste, Italy
- Abertoir Horror Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales
- Court Metrange Festival, Rennes, France
- FanCine Málaga - Festival de Cine Fantástico, Málaga, Spain
- Grossmann film and wine festival, Ljutomer, Slovenia
- Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, Haapsalu, Estonia
- HARD:LINE International Film Festival, Regensburg, Germany
- Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival, Molins de Rei, Spain
- Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival, Bruges, Belgium
- San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, San Sebastián, Spain
- Splat!FilmFest, Warsaw & Lublin, Poland
- Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Fantastic Fest, Austin, Texas
- Mórbido Fest, Puebla, Mexico
- Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon, South Korea
- Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
- Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, Espoo, Finland
- Fantafestival, Rome, Italy
- Fantasporto, Porto, Portugal
- London FrightFest Film Festival, London, England
- Dead by Dawn, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Horrorthon Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland
- Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest, Ravenna, Italy
- Utopiales - Festival International de Science-Fiction de Nantes, Nantes, France
- NatFilm Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Riga International Fantasy Film Festival, Riga, Latvia
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