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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FANTASTIC FEST 2014 ANNOUNCES AWARDS: The Babadook, Dead Snow 2, Lenoard Maltin

I thought it would be worth posting the award winners of the Fantastic Fest Awards. These are full length movies and shorts that you should try to pick up when the receive distribution (or in the case of the short films, scan the web and your local festivals). We've been paying close attention to The Babadook and Dead Snow 2 and both won awards. I think the most important thing to mention is that Leonard Maltin was given the lifetime achievement award. It's no secret that I strongly dislike Siskel and Ebert. I go out of my way to attack them all too regularly and perhaps that is a character flaw, however I want to assure you that I do this not because I dislike critics; I just don't like assholes. That being said I love Leonard Maltin. Growing up his guide to movies (several editions) were a staple in helping to pick movies. Not because they were of a higher quality mind you, but because they were rated with a TURKEY. I always knew his turkeys would appeal to me, that his hatred for what I loved would guide me to some of the greatest horror movies I have known. His rating system that included a mention of "gratutious nudity and gore" was pivotal guiding a young, hornball, gut obsessed Doc T.

So check out the winners. Search out their movies and follow them on social media sites because this is part of the new crop of horror that will hopefully break you out of your "there's no good horror" blues.

Full release notes from Fantastic Fest:

FANTASTIC FEST 2014 ANNOUNCES
THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS
Austin, TX - Monday, September 22, 2014 - Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce this year's Fantastic Fest Award winners. It has been an outstanding year for features & shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.
The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter (http://www.mlrpc.com/) who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. Dell Precision is the presenter of the prestigious "Next Wave" Award, which honors emerging filmmakers. The winners of the "Next Wave" feature awards are presented with a new Dell Precision mobile workstation.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary film critic Leonard Maltin by Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and his longtime friend Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and SXSW.
AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA (director Isao Takahata)
"NEXT WAVE" SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION PRESENTED BY DELL PRECISION
Best Picture: IT FOLLOWS (director David Robert Mitchell)
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (THE TRIBE)
Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)
Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (SPRING)
Best Actress: Amy Everson (FELT)
FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: ALLELUIA (director Fabrice Du Welz)
Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA)
Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma (THE WORLD OF KANAKO)
Best Actor: Laurent Lucas (ALLELUIA)
Best Actress: Lola Dueñas (ALLELUIA)
HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: THE  BABADOOK (directed Jennifer Kent)
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Kent (THE  BABADOOK)
Best Director: Martín De Salvo (DARKNESS BY DAY)
Best Actor: Noah Wiseman (THE BABADOOK) 
Best Actress: Essie Davis (THE  BABADOOK)
GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD  (director by Tommy Wirkola)
Best Director: Hans Petter Moland (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Screenplay: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD)
Best Actor: Pål Sverre Hagen (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Actress: Sylvia Hoeks (BROS BEFORE HOS)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Best Picture: KUNG FU ELLIOT (director Jaret Belliveau)
Best Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: THE STOMACH directed by Ben Steiner
Runner-up: INVADERS  directed by Jason Kupfer
FANTASTIC SHORTS
Winner: THE VOICE THIEF directed by Adan Jodorowsky
Runner-up: MY FATHER IS A BIRD  (director Boaz Debby) and SOLITUDO (director Alice Lowe)
DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: THE CHAPERONE (director Fraser Munden)
Runner-up: DAY 40 (director Sol Friedman)
FANTASTIC ARCADE
Best in Show: BANANA CHALICE (developed by Kyle Reimergartin)
MERCADO FANTASTICO
Gold Prize: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE TURNED (director Andrés Rosende)
Silver Prize: FIERCE (director Francisco Lorite)
Bronze Prize: HURT (director Pablo Proenza)
Special Jury Mention for "Keeping the Spirit of the 80's Alive": THE SHADOWDWELLERS (producer Erick Salomon)
Jury Award for Work in Progress, and Chemistry Award: FRONDOSO EDEN DEL CORAZON (director Juan Manuel Fodde)
Morbido/Latam Consultation Award: EAT ME (director David Michán)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Beyond the Window Coproduction Meetings: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE SHORE (director Juan Felipe Orozco)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Bloody Work in Progress: SCHERZO DIABOLICO (director Adrián García Bogliano)
KING OF SHAKEYFACE
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