In its eighth edition, Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX, which will take place from November 12 to 14, 2020, celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Friday the 13th. The illustrator Joan Martín Giménez has designed the poster, where the character of Jason, armed with his «mask» and machete, makes his way through the Elche landscape. In commemoration, there will be the screening of various horror short films, in addition to the third edition of the International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies, whose thematic line will be crime and fantastic.
The Congress will take place on November 12 and 13 at the Ciutat d’Elx Congress Center (in person format), and on the festival’s own website (online format). Thus, the presentations on Thursday 12 will be made online through the festival website; while the presentations on Friday 13 will be carried out in person in the Auditorium of the Congress Center, complying with the strict security, distancing and hygiene measures, being free access, and through seat reservation from the month of November. And during the afternoon of Saturday, November 14, it will be the turn of the short film screenings in the same venue, with free access and through seat reservation.
The eighth edition of the festival is organized by the Black Unicorn Association, the Art Department of the UMH, and the Massiva Research Group, and has the support of the Department of Culture of the Elche City Council, together with organizations such as Visit Elche, “Ciutat d’Elx” Congress Center, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, the Vice-Rector’s Office for Culture and University Extension, Odeón Cinemas, l’Aljub Shopping Center, or the movie merchandising store Cinema Paradiso. As an added value in this edition, the Congress has been subsidized by the Department of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, for the Organization and Dissemination of International Scientific, Technological, Humanistic or Artistic Congresses, Conferences and Meetings.
9:30h-20:40h: FIRST SESSION OF THE III INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF FANTASTIC GENDER, AUDIOVISUALS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
The objective of the congress is the diffusion of research studies within the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theater, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc., whose main thematic line in this new edition is crime and fantastic.
9:30h. Welcome and inauguration.
9:40h. Invited presentation: Forms of fear: crime and fantastic figurations in current Latin American literature. Dr. Anna Boccuti (University of Turin, Italy).
10:30h. Invited presentation: The Canadian Giallo, or how the Italian thriller influenced the Canadian slasher movie. Dr. Mikel Koven (University of Worcester, UK).
11:10h. The myth of Orpheus as the basis of the fantastic in contemporary animated cinema. Alberto Rodríguez Gómez (Southwest University of Science and Technology, China).
11:30h. The Final Girl in It Follows, the slasher in a reading about the female role in fantastic and horror films. Dr. Lluís Anyó (Ramon Llull University).
11:50h. Trop morte pour eux… Jane Doe et ses légistes. Dr. Isabelle-Rachel Casta (University of Artois, France).
12:10h. Victims and executioners. Death as a leitmotif in Agustí Villaronga’s cinema. Dr. Germán Piqueras Arona (International University of Valencia).
12:30h. (Dis)uses of logic in detective and criminal fiction: from Scooby-Doo to William of de Baskerville. Deborah Rodríguez Rodríguez (University of Navarra).
12:50h. Only The Eerie Remains: The Emotion of Dread in the Affective-Corporeal Model of Viewership in Eerie Horror. Matthias De Bondt (University of Antwerp, Belgium).
13:10h. In the escarpments of the wild originality. Myth, fantasy and dream in the ideological discourse (audiovisual and literary) of modernity and later. Alejandro Arozamena Coterillo (University of Murcia).
13:30h. Du Moine de M. G. Lewis à Asylum (American Horror Story): une perspective gothique du crime. Raquel Alvarez-Alvarez (UNED, Madrid).
13:50h. Future lives, virtual lives, illegal lives. How resistance to the law is normalized in two Cuban futurist fictions. Yasmín S. Portales Machado (Northwestern University, USA).
16:00h. Invited presentation: Crime, postmemory and current events in contemporary Latin American fantastic cinema: the silent voices speak. Dr. Audrey Louyer-Davo (University of Reims, France).
16:40h. Geralt of Rivia: crime and its relationship with the truth in a universe of ambiguities. María Fernández Rodríguez and Francisco David García Martín (University of Salamanca).
17:00h. Eyes without a face: The mask is chaos turned into flesh. Dr. Lourdes Santamaría Blasco (Miguel Hernández University).
17:20h. The Scarlet Week of Francisco Tario: A fantastic crime. Dr. Marisol Nava Hernández (Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, Mexico).
17:40h. Determining expectations and desires: Incidence of the paratextual information disseminated about horror films on its audience. Dr. Juan José Caballero-Molina and Dr. Javier Sanz-Aznar (University of Barcelona).
18:00h. Beyond moralizing terror: The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982) and Black Christmas (Sophia Takal, 2019) as feminist counter-discourse and its historical reading. Dr. Erika Tiburcio Moreno (Carlos III University of Madrid and Complutense University of Madrid).
18:20h. The things we lost in the fire: New figurations around the feminine. Jesús Marín Torres (University of Granada) and Irma Salas Sigüenza (University of Oviedo).
18:40h. The fantastic problem in the magic circle of the video game: the case of Dark Souls. Antonio Francisco Campos Méndez (University of Seville).
19:00h. Shyamalan: Tales, comics, crimes, and punishments. Analysis and interpretation of the treatment of crime and the figure of the psychokiller in the cinematographic work of M. Night Shyamalan. Dr. Anna Tarragó Mussons (University of Barcelona).
19:20h. Transcendence of the fantastic towards a new existence. Juan Pablo Montalvo Valencia (Game Lab – Salesian Polytechnic University, Ecuador).
19.40h. Alien by H. R. Giger: the creation of a monster and its incentive. Aesthetic and conceptual analysis of the origins of the character, his violence against humanity and his relationship with women as victims and heroines throughout the saga. Irene Torrecilla Serrano (Complutense University of Madrid).
20:00h. Fantastic and identity elements in The spiritists of Telde. Virginia Martín Dávila (University of La Laguna, Santa Cruz of Tenerife).
20:20h. The woman as a serial killer in Spanish slasher cinema. Dr. Francisco Javier López Rodríguez (Aichi Prefectural University, Japan).
20:40h. CLOSING OF THE FIRST DAY.
10:00h-13:00h: SECOND SESSION OF THE III INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF FANTASTIC GENDER, AUDIOVISUALS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
10:10h. Crimes, drugs and altered consciences in the video game. Aesthetics of interactive drunkenness. Dr. Damià Jordà Bou (Miguel Hernández University).
10:40h. The murder of Ofelia by Guillermo del Toro. Marina Díaz-Caneja Alepuz and Dr. Amparo Alepuz Rostoll (Miguel Hernández University).
11:00h. Science and crime in audiovisual fiction: scope, successes and nonsense. Dr. Francisco Javier Castro Toledo (Miguel Hernández University and Plus Ethics).
11:30h. Goodbye to the Final Girl. Monster Women, Investigators and New Medusa: female archetypes to survive the slashertoday. Celia Cuenca García (Barreira Arte+Diseño – Higher Studies Official Center).
12:00h. «Keep your eye on the hole, not on the donut». Crime and virtual worlds in fantastic: The Angeles trilogy by David Lynch. Daniel Pérez-Pamies (University of Gerona).
12:30h. Can genocide be justified? When dystopia illustrates Malthusian theories. Michelle Lucy Copmans (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium).
13.00h. CLOSING OF THE SECOND DAY.
20:30h: SCREENING OF THE FEATURE FILM “HAPPY DEATH DAY” (2017), DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER LANDON (DUBLED IN SPANISH).
Initially premiered on Friday the 13th, from the festival we recover the same experience commemorating crime and fantasticunder a new perspective, where slasher intersects with black comedy, metacinema, feminism and the new models of the Scream Queen and the Final Girl. The screening of the feature film will be on Friday, November 13, in room B of Odeon Cinemas at 20:30h, with free access until full capacity is reached and under all security, distancing and hygiene measures.
17:00h-20:00h: SCREENING OF SHORT FILMS.
– You’ll never be back, by Mónica Mateo (Spain). Dur: 13:35 min.
– You’ll never go out, by Emilio Cartagena Hernández (Alicante). Dur: 2:54 min.
– Moires, by J. P. Bouix (France). Dur: 19:28 min.
– Madrid 2120, by José Luis Quirós and Paco Sáez (Spain). Dur: 7:39 min.
– Morning, afternoon and night, by Jose A. Larrosa (Alicante). Dur: 2:47 min.
– You owe me one, by Luis Galindo (Spain). Dur: 7:48 min.
– Routine: The Prohibition, by Sam Ortí (Spain). Dur: 8:16 min.
– Sous la mousse (Under the lather), by Ollivier Briand (France). Dur: 13:57 min.
– Alives, by Javier Jerez (Alicante). Dur: 19:58 min.
– Every 75 minutes, by Borja A. Ortiz (Spain). Dur: 7:20 min.
– Mad in Xpain, by Coke Riobóo (Spain). Dur: 16:06 min.
– Human Trash, by Aitor Almuedo Esteban (Spain). Dur: 16:39 min.
– Polvotron 500, by Silvia Conesa (Spain). Dur: 11:12 min.
– The last christmas of the universe, by David Muñoz and Adrián Cardona (Spain). Dur: 18:13 min.
– Polter, by Álvaro Vicario (Spain). Dur: 11:33 min.
– Best Short Film from Alicante (Spain): gift + direct access to the festival Navidades Sangrientas – Weekend Horror Awards from Alicante.
– Best National Short Film (Spain): gift + direct access to Festival de Cortometrajes de Terror y Fantástico 1000 Gritos from Buenos Aires (Argentina).
– Best International Short Film (outside Spain): gift + direct access to Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror de Valparaíso (Chile).
* Due to the current circumstances, the screening of short films will take place uninterruptedly, without break and closing gala (winners will be announced later from the festival’s website and social networks).
* Short films screening is not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
You can download the hand program in PDF from this link (in Spanish).
You can access the photo gallery from this link.
Likewise, we remind you of the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
– Before entering the auditorium, the organizing team will take your temperature with an infrared thermometer; in the case of showing signs of fever, you won’t be able to access inside.
– Wash your hands frequently and use the hydroalcoholic gel.
– Maintain a safe distance from other people both inside the auditorium and outside, avoiding forming groups at the entrance of the venue.
– The use of the mask is mandatory during all the event; It is important that we wear it correctly, covering the nose, chin and mouth. We recommend the specific use of a surgical mask for greater safety.
– Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
– Remember not to make greetings that involve physical contact.
– If you are unwell, have symptoms, or have had direct contact with someone positive for COVID-19, stay home.