The Sitges International Film Festival is officially up and running in Spain. I really wish now I had paid attention is Spanish class, but Google translator is rockin' it for me.
Paul Naschy Tribute
Known as the "Boris Karloff of Spain" or the "Spanish Lon Chaney," Paul Naschy had nearly 100 films to his credit - nearly all horror. The actor/writer/director died a year ago of pancreatic cancer, and the opening of the fest included a tribute to him. Naschy's widow, actress Caroline Munro, writer/director Mick Garris were on hand with tearful speeches.
And The Award Goes To...
A couple of the fest's biggest awards were given out on day one. Maquina del Temps was awarded to FX maestro Tom Savini in recognition of his contributions both in front of and behind the camera. Greg Nicotero -one of the founders of KNB FX - presented Savini with the award. In his speech, Savini said he "could not be more flattered" and said that "if it were not for those movies that scared you as a child, he would have never comitted to frighten others."
Also honored was Josep Maixenchs, with the Maria Honorifica award for his work at Catalonian Superior School of Cinema and Audiovisuals, one of Spains most prestigious film schools.