In 2011 MOTELX became member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (EFFFF), alongside with relevant festivals like Sitges Film Festival (Spain), BIFFF (Brussels), and Imagine (Amesterdam), among many others.
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In 2011 MOTELX became member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (EFFFF), alongside with relevant festivals like Sitges Film Festival (Spain), BIFFF (Brussels), and Imagine (Amsterdam), among many others.
With around two dozen festivals represented in the European continent, as well as supporting members in Asia and North America, and a global audience estimated at 800,000 spectators, the EFFFF was born in 1989 and became one of the most powerful tools in promoting originality and creativity in the European film industry.
Represented in 19 countries, the Federation has developed a tightly knit festival network that allows films to easily reach foreign audiences and provides them with unique visibility among the public, press, and professionals that no other film market can offer.
In 1995 the first prizes of the Federation were awarded, the Méliès d'argent and the Méliès d'or, inspired by Georges Méliès, the mythical French filmmaker who pioneered fantastic cinema and special effects. The prizes emerge as a way to stimulate and reward the creativity and quality of European genre films, promoting them worldwide as well.
The winners of the MOTELX Award - Best European Horror Feature Film and Best Portuguese Horror Short Film win the Méliès d'argent and are automatically selected for the Méliès d'or competition, which is annually awarded by the Federation to the best European short and feature films.