Fantastic Fest award winners

by 5 years ago


Finally, an awards show for the rest of us (dudes). Fantastic Fest is the festival run by Texas’s legendary Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, presenting some of the coolest under-the-radar sci-fi, horror and more. It’s a big deal that draws hardcore film nerds from all over the world. After all the screenings are over, they give out some awards to the films that blew audiences away. These are the next Loopers, the movies that everybody’s going to be talking about in a few months. Get a jump on your friends with some of the biggest winners.

Vanishing Waves

Easily one of the most-lauded films of the fest, Lithuanian sci-fi flick Vanishing Waves wowed everybody who saw it. The movie is about a neuroscientist who is tasked with entering the memory of a girl in a coma to retrieve information. It’s trippy, surreal and seriously complicated – if you had trouble with Inception, you might want to bring some Cliff’s Notes for this one – but it’s more than worth the trip.

Here Comes The Devil

Completely sweeping the horror category was Spanish director Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s feature Here Comes The Devil, which is so obscure there’s not even a trailer for it on the Internet. Everybody who came out of the screening reported a tense, jarring experience that took inspiration from 70s horror movies to create something entirely new. The plot is about the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of two teenage kids and the bizarre phenomenon that follows them upon their return. It’s both exploitative and remarkably mature.

I Declare War

Rob Wilson and Jason Lapeyre’s I Declare War has some buzz around it already, but it took home the Audience Award at Fantastic Fest, so it’s showing it can win over even the crustiest film geeks. The flick is about two groups of kids who play war games in the woods, only to find things getting a little nastier when the neighborhood bully comes to play. Reviewers praised the naturalistic performances of the kids and the remarkably dark storyline.

Here’s a complete list of the winners.

I Declare War

Best Picture: Flicker (dir. Patrik Eklund)
Best Director: Charles de Lauzirika (Crave)
Best Screenplay: Max Porcelijn (Plan C)
Best Actor: Michael Eklund (Errors of the Human Body)
Best Actress: Alina Levshin (Combat Girls)

Best Picture: Vanishing Waves (dir. Kristina Buozyte)
Best Director: Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)
Best Screenplay: Bruno Samper, Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)
Best Actor: Rene Bitorajac (Vegetarian Cannibal)
Best Actress: Jurga Jutaite (Vanishing Waves)

Best Picture: Here Comes the Devil (dir. Adrián García Bogliano)
Best Screenplay: Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil)
Best Director: Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil)
Special mention: Hajime Ohata (Henge)
Best Actor: Francisco Barreiro (Here Comes the Devil)
Best Actress: Laura Caro (Here Comes the Devil)
Special Mention: Katherine Isabel (American Mary)

Best Picture: New Kids Nitro (dir. Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil)
Best Director: Dario Russo (Danger 5)
Best Screenplay: John Mitchell (The History of Future Folk)
Best Actor: Chapman To (Vulgaria)
Best Actress: Rina Takeda (Dead Sushi)

Best Picture: The American Scream (dir. Michael Stephenson)
Best Director: Rodney Ascher (Room 237)

Winner: At The Formal (Andrew Kavanagh, Australia)
Runner-up: The Sleepover (Chris Cullari, USA)

Winner: Record/Play (Jesse Atlas, USA)
Runner-up: Love (Kaveh Nabatian, Canada)

Winner: Bendito Machine IV – (Jossie Malis, Spain)
Runner-up: Tram – (Michaela Pavlátová, Czech Republic)

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