The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia has announced five Australian films for its 2013 line-up. A press release issued by Screen Australia on Monday said two Australian shorts will have their world premieres and three Australian features will screen at the festival. The festival will be held in Spain from Oct 11-20.
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Two Australian shorts will have their world premieres and three Australian features will screened at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain from Oct 11–20 L-R: David Wenham as Glenn Owen Dodds, Leigh Hubner - Steadicam Operator (Representational Image)
The short film Swallow, written and directed by Mia'kate Russell, has been invited to have its world premiere in competition in the Official Fantàstic Selection category.
Produced by Justin Dix, the film follows neighbours Macka and Patty, who are upset with the departure of their local priest and go looking for answers.
The second short film is by writer and director Josh Tanner. The Landing, will premiere in the competition in the Official Fantastic Competition Shorts section.
Produced and written by Jade van der Lei, The Landing tells the story of Edward, a middle-aged man who returns to the farm of his childhood, desperate to uncover a horrifying secret.
Meanwhile, in the Official Fantàstic Especials section, the Australian film Wolf Creek 2 by writer, director and producer Greg McLean, will be screened. The film was recently screened at the Venice Film Festival world premiere.
John Jarratt reprises his role as crazed serial killer Mick Taylor, alongside Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn and Phillipe Klaus. The horror-thriller sequel is co-produced by Helen Leake and Steve Topic and co-written by Aaron Sterns.
Under the Official Fantàstic Galas section, the remake of Richard Franklin's 1970s thriller Patrick, directed by Mark Hartley and produced by Antony I Ginnane, will have its European premiere at the festival.
The feature film tells the story of a comatose patient in a clinic who learns to harness his pent-up power with deadly effect.
The third film, 100 Bloody Acres, written and directed by Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes and produced by Julie Ryan, will also be screened at the festival. The film is a comedy-horror about two brothers who run a struggling organic blood-and-bone fertiliser business, showing the lengths some small business operators will go to, the release said.
Now in its 46th year, Sitges is the number one fantasy film festival in the world. A well-established market festival, it annually attracts 110,000 visitors plus around 700 industry attendees, the release added.
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