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International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies

The International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies is an activity of scientific and academic divulgation that is part of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX, and which has the collaboration of the Miguel Hernández University.

Its mission is to transmit research studies in all the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theater, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc.

  • The abstracts of the Communications will follow the main topic line of the Congress around the Fantastic Gender and its possible interconnection with the different platforms of the culture, the audiovisual and the new technologies through these four possible variations:

1. The investigation and the theoretical reflexion on the Fantastic Gender in its diverse modalities of expression: studies, currents, movements, works and outstanding authors.
2. The Fantastic Genre and its interconnection with the different models of audiovisual culture and new technologies: the hybrid character of the fantastic with cinema, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc.
3. Possible communication and/or teaching methodologies and tools through platforms related to the Fantastic Gender.
4. The fantastic in the political context: approaches and studies where the fantastic establishes a discourse connected with social debate, collectivity and political action.

  • The deadline to submit the Communication’s abstracts ends on October 1, 2018 (inclusive).
  • The Communications and their abstracts can be sent in Spanish, Valencian, English or French.
  • The maximum number of Communications that can be sent by the same Communicator or group of Communicators is 1.
  • The selection criteria of the Communications will be based on the adaptation to the proposed thematic lines, the innovative character of the Communications, the clarity of the writing, the ethical and scientific rigor, as well as the adaptation to these rules.
  • Only can be sent oral Communications. The presentation of posters is not considered.
  • The date of acceptance of the Communications will be October 5, 2018, notifying each Communicator individually of the result of their request.
  • Once the Communications have been accepted, the Communicators must pay a registration fee of €40, following the instructions that will be sent to them by email. The fee includes the presentation of the Communication in the Congress, the participation in an academic publication (Digital Book) with ISBN derived from the Congress, and the Communication and Assistance certificates. The presentation of the Communication in the Congress will not be mandatory. In case of non-attendance, the Communication will also appear in the academic publication of the Congress.
  • The reading of each Communication must not exceed 15 minutes, being able to be read in Spanish, Valencian, English or French.
  • The deadline to send the materials that will be screened during the Communications (slides, images, videos, etc.) ends on November 5, 2018 (inclusive).
  • The Scientific Committee, assisted by evaluation of blind peers, will propose the selection of approved Communications for the Congress, as well as the selected texts for their academic publication with ISBN through a Digital Book that will be able to be downloaded for free from the section of Publications of our web.
  • The deadline to send the selected texts for their evaluation and academic publication ends on January 15, 2019 (inclusive).
  • The selected texts must be original and unpublished, and these can’t be waiting to be accepted through other channels.
  • Any submission not adapted to these requirements can’t be considered for the value of the scientific program.


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Submission rules:

The submission of the Communications must follow the following model, in which two text files must be sent in Word format:

  • The first file must contain the name and surname of the Communicator, the title of the Communication, email, telephone, postal address, institution of origin, and a brief Curriculum Vitae. This first file must be named A_METADATA_Title (the word “Title” must not be written literally, it must be replaced with three words from the Communication title separated by underscores).
  • The second file must contain Title, Keywords (maximum four), and an Abstract between 500 and 1.000 words (Times New Roman body 12, single spacing). In this document won’t not appear personal data of the Communicator, for its evaluation of blind peers by the Scientific Committee. This second file must be named B_ABSTRACT_Title, following the same system as the first document.


Rules to write the texts that will appear in the academic publication:


Lenght and formatting of the texts:

  • Texts must be sent as Microsoft Word files.
  • The maximum length of texts is 8.000 words (including Abstracts, Keywords, Footnotes, Bibliography, Ludography, etc.).
  • The first page must contain the Title, Author/-s, Abstract (with a maximum length of 150 words), and five key words.


Typographic Norms:

  • Font: The font type will be Times New Roman 12, for the body of the text and the bibliography, and Times New Roman 10, for footnotes and quotes in separate paragraphs (bold or underlining may not be used).
  • Alignment: justified.
  • Line spacing: line spacing will be 1,5 cm for the body of the text. Footnotes and quotations in a separate paragraph will be single spaced. The indentation in the first line of each new paragraph must be 1,25 cm.
  • Footnotes: When the footnote refers to an entire sentence, it will be placed after the punctuation sign, but if it only refers to a word, it will be placed immediately after this word.


Referencing system:

The format of bibliographic references must follow the guidelines of the Harvard System:

·       Every quote, direct or indirect, will reappear in the final bibliography.

·       Quotations will be included with the following referencing system: (Surname, year: page/s). If the author’s name is quoted within the body of the text, next to this name will be indicated in brackets (Year: page/s).

·       If no specific pages are quoted but the entire work by an author, the publishing year of that work will be indicated in brackets after the surname of this author.

·       When some text is omitted at the start of a quote, this quote will start with three dots between square brackets: […].

·       When websites in which no publishing date are quoted, the date of online access or the date of update of such web will be quoted.

·       If multiple works published by the same author the same year are quoted, in order to distinguish these lower case letters will be added to the publishing year (a, b, c, etc.) to be able to differentiate them.

·       Quotes up to five lines of extension will be included within the body of the text in Latin inverted commas: « ».

·       Quotes of more than five lines will go in a separate paragraph, font size 10 and single spacing without quotation marks. This paragraph will be indented 2 cm on the left side.

·       If the texts are complemented by images, they must respect the author’s rights and have the relevant copyright and licenses under the exclusive responsibility of the author.

·       Images must be inserted into the body of the text together with an image footnote indicating the image number and their title/legend. The image footnote must be centred, in Times New Roman, font size 11, as follows: Figure x. Legend. If the text refers to an image, it should be indicated which image it is within the body of the text as follows: (Figure x).



Las referencias bibliográficas aparecerán al final del artículo, ordenadas alfabéticamente por el apellido del autor, con el texto justificado e interlineado sencillo. El apellido del autor se escribirá con letras versales. The bibliography (books, articles, book chapters, lectures, web pages, etc.) must be differentiated by blocks with respect to the filmography (films, short films, television series, etc.) and ludography (video games, machinimas, etc.), keeping the following format:

  • Books: Surname(s), Name (Year): Work’s Title, (translator [trans.] if relevant) Publishing House, Place of Publication.
  • Book Chapters: Surname(s), Name (Year): «Chapter’s Title», in Editor’s Name and Surname(s) (ed.), Work’s Title, (translator [trad.], compiler [comp.], prologuist [prol.], etc., if relevant), volume in italics [if there is any], Publishing House, Place of Publication, Pages (pp.).
  • Articles: Surname(s), Name (Year): «Title of the article», Name of the Journal, number (no.), Date (in brackets), pages (pp.).
  • Conference Papers: Surname(s), Name (Year): «Title of the Paper», in Name and Surname(s) (ed.), Title of the Source Document, Publishing House, Place of Publication, Pages (pp.).
  • Films: Director’s Surname(s), Name (dir.) (Year): Title in the original language (Translated Title if a version in a different language is used), Film producer, Country.
  • TV Series: Creator’s Surname(s), Name (cr.) (Year): Title in the original language (Translated Title if a version in a different language is used), Film producer, Year of the first season – year of the last season (do not include the last date if the series is still being shot).
  • Video Games: Creator’s Surname(s), Name (cr.) (Year): Title in the original language (Translated Title if a version in a different language is used), Developer House, Country.
  • Online Articles: Surname(s), Name (Year): «Title of the article», in Name of the Online Journal [if any], Year, available in [date on which the website was last accessed].


Authors whose texts appear in the academic publication will accept the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright.
  • The published texts may be copied, distributed, publicly communicated, derivative works and commercial uses providing the credits of the works (authorship, name of the publication, etc.).
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the text’s published version of the work with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this release.


Key dates:

  • Deadline for submission of Abstracts of the Communications: October 1, 2018 (inclusive).
  • Date of acceptance of the Communications: October 5, 2018.
  • Deadline for sending materials that will be screened during the Communications readings: November 5, 2018 (inclusive).
  • Date of the Congress, contextualized in the Festival: November 22 and 23, 2018 (more details in the Presentation).
  • Deadline to send the selected texts for evaluation and publication: January 15, 2019 (inclusive).