Increasingly, children and young audiences are becoming more and more important in the context of film festivals. Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX echoes this, also within its orbital actions. The organisation of the festival is made up of teachers and researchers from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche dedicated to training in the audiovisual medium, in which they also practice their profession. All this converges in bringing the festival closer to the classrooms and the university students who participate as audience and collaborator through the creation, training and development within this field and from an eminently educational and informative approach.



Starting from this pedagogical base, the festival makes the leap from the university to the institutes and educational centres for children and young people to promote, in the same way, the realisation of actions offered around the fantastic, including the screening of audiovisual works, colloquiums, debates, etc., as well as training students to learn how the audiovisual processes of the genre are created and developed from an artistic and technical approach.

Centre: IES Santa Pola.

Place: House of Culture of Santa Pola.

Date: 2 May 2024.


The organization of the festival gave the guest conference “Inclusion, identity and diversity in the contemporary French fantastic short film” to the students of IES Santa Pola. It also included the screening of several short films. The festival was also presented, encouraging the students to participate in future cultural activities.

Centre: Lope de Vega International School.

Place: Benidorm.

Date: 14 and 15 November 2023.


During two special days, the first and sixth grade students of Lope de Vega International School carried out a series of artistic activities (taught in English), coordinated by the Festival team and the teacher Marina Díaz-Caneja Alepuz. In them, we approached the leitmotiv of our eleventh edition, dinosaurs, science and cinema, using different plastic and audiovisual tools, in order to entertain them while learning and encouraging creativity.

Centre: I.E.S. Luis García Berlanga.

Place: Sant Joan d’Alacant.

Date: 13 November 2023.


Exchanges between the fantastic and the cinematographic are also an ideal space for debate and learning about our audiovisual culture. From our Festival, we continue with the development of actions aimed at young audiences, and in this case, carrying out a specific conference for students of the audiovisual sector of the I.E.S. Luis García Berlanga interested in the new cinematographic currents and the new working models of the genre festivals that are taking place in our country.

Centre: María Auxiliadora – Salesianas School.

Place: Alicante.

Date: 17 March 2023.

Presentation of the X edition of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX and screening + colloquium about a fantastic genre short film.

Centre: Sagrados Corazones School.

Place: Alicante.

Date: 24 March 2023.


Presentation of the X edition of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX and screening + colloquium about a fantastic genre short film.

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