The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, or SEFFF, takes place annually in September and is a cinematic celebration of all things fantasy, science fiction and horror.
- When? 15th - 24th September 2017
- Where? Various venues, Strasbourg
- Price: keep an eye on the official website for tickets.
From its humble beginnings in 2006, the SEFFF has grown in size and momentum, earning itself a 7-fold increase in visitors since its launch and a huge following across the world.
Now a film fan’s mecca, the festival features a vast and varied events programme. For starters there’s the screening of the latest in European and world horror, sci-fi and fantasy cinema, as well as Q and As with the respective film crews.
But on top of this there are silent film concerts, related conferences, masterclasses with the best in the business, curated exhibitions, fan forums, vintage poster auctions, weird and wonderful workshops, and much, much more besides.
One hugely popular element of the festival is the Great Strasbourg Zombie Walk, followed by the annual Zombies’ ball, which kick start the events in gloriously gruesome style. Now one of the largest zombie walks in Europe, it’s well worth getting involved, either as a zombie or as an observer (we recommend the former, if you’ve got the guts that is).
Whilst there are lots of modern, crazy events like the Zombie Walk to enjoy, the festival is also strongly committed to its cinema heritage. Past revivals have showcased Hammer Studios, Ray Harryhausen, James Whale, Roger Corman, Italian 1960s pop and Val Lewton, to name but a few of the genre greats. It truly is a festival that is curated, well-considered and extensive in its scope.
And if there was a city built to house such an event, Strasbourg gets the figurative Oscar. The beautiful city is a haven of architectural wonders, with its famous sandstone Gothic Cathedral, astronomical clock and medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings.
It’s not too hard a stretch to imagine it as the backdrop for a terrifying horror film… So if you’re a fan of fantasy, science fiction and horror, book your tickets now for the cinematic celebration of the year. Certainly not for the faint-hearted.
- Get there: Hop on board a tram to move around the city.
- Stay: Find a hotel in Petite-France to be close to all of the venues.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!