First Edition Of The Fantboi Festival Starts In Sant Boi
This week, the first edition of the Sant Boi (Baix Llobregat) Fantastic Film Festival will take place , the Fantboi , which will be held from July 1 to 4 and establishes the Can Castellet cinemas as its main headquarters along with other locations in the population .
Despite the fact that the first edition was marked on the calendar to be held in 2020 , the crisis derived from covid-19 caused all activities to be postponed for a year. The theme of this edition is the figure of the woman in the audiovisual under the slogan: “Fight like a girl!” (Fight like a girl) “.
Thursday and Friday
Thursday will be the day focused on the genre of the B series and will open with the Catalan film Black Roses Symphony (Vick Campbell, 2021), Zombies en el Cañaveral (Pablo Schembri, 2019) and the debut feature Flesh Contagium (2020), by Italian Lorenzo Lepori, a film with a pandemic as the protagonist.
Friday will be the most indie day with The Incredible Waning Weekend (Jon Mikel Caballero, 2019), by Basque filmmaker Jon Mikel Caballero, the documentary El Psicópata , chronicle of an unsolved case (Estefani Céspedes, 2019), the French film Anonimous Animals (Baptiste Rouveure, 2020), with a clear example of ecoterror and with an animalistic message, which caused a sensation in the last edition of the Sitges Festival, and Aliens (James Cameron, 1986), offering the opportunity to enjoy a film on the big screen. cult film.
On Saturday morning the festival will allow you to enjoy on the big screen the Japanese animation classic Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997). In the afternoon there will be one of the most curious productions of the festival with Don Filipo (Tim Munoz, 2021), a Philippine horror production about disappearances with a high LGTBI content; Canadian Sayo (Jeremy Rubio, 2020), a fantasy drama shot in Japan with a very oriental and contemplative cadence; and The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga (Jonathan Bellés, 2019), a documentary about the origins of Godzilla, shot in Japan.
The short films will be divided into two blocks: a marathon of horror gore shorts under the title “Sang Boi” , scheduled for Saturday night; and an intensive of the best fantastic national and international shorts that can be seen on Sunday afternoon. In addition, those who stay until the end of the marathon will receive a gift from the El Setanta-Nou store in Barcelona, an official partner of the festival.
The jury of the Official Section is made up of three professional members of the sector, such as the director and screenwriter Caye Casas (Killing God or RIP), the director and creator of visual effects Frankie de Leonardis (Floating or Ender’s game) and Marta Salvador , cultural manager and creator of the film distributor Distributions with Glasses, who will act as spokesperson for the jury.
On Sunday, after the awards ceremony , the film Volpina by Santboiano director Pere Koniec will be screened , in what will be the world premiere of this Catalan production.
Tickets and season tickets for the Fantboi can now be purchased both on the Cinemes Can Castellet website, as well as at the box office of the cinemas. The full subscription to enjoy all the programming during the 4 days costs 30 euros , while individual tickets for the session can be obtained at the popular price of 5 euros.
The direction of the Festival falls on Hugo Cobo , film director and producer of titles such as Cautivos or Apóstata. Israel Gordón serves as deputy director, who is director of the radio magazine “El momento Inutil” on radio Sant Boi and participates in the program “Ecos de lo Remoto” and the podcast “Hello Friki”.
Ylenia Cañadas is a programmer and press officer, a professional in the world of film criticism who has served as a jury at several film festivals such as the Sitges Festival or the BCN Film Fest and, in addition, she is a Molecular Biologist. The team of programmers is joined by Ana Vargas , screenwriter for film, theater, television and documentaries; and Marta Herrero, scriptwriter and lawyer who is also part of the short film selection.
In its first edition, the poster design has been the work of the illustrator Eva Moreno Ruíz , which has iconic elements of the fantastic, such as the T-shirt from the film Aliens or the artichoke, Sant Boi’s most characteristic agricultural product.