Nightmares Film Festival has announced its Night Mare award recipients for 2019, recognizing the dark horses of genre filmmaking and screenwriting.
Leading the 26 prizes awarded was the Film From Hell, recognizing the movie that most bravely pushes genre boundaries, given to Scott Philip Goergens’s harrowing psychosexual thriller 29 Needles.
“The 2019 Nightmares program was full of extraordinary, surprising and shocking new genre films, and our Night Mare awards recognize the very best of that lineup,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin.
Other films taking leading prizes included Lisa Ovies’s Canadian horror-comedy Puppet Killer, awarded best overall feature, and Andrea’s Corsin feral horror story Ferine, awarded best overall short. In the screenplay competition, Avishai Weinberger’s “Third Date” took the best feature script, and Shayna Connelly’s “Love as Practice for Dying” won best short script.
Several award winners are being considered for acquisition by attending distributors, including Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER. All winning short films will be offered home and online distribution through Bloody Disgusting’s showcase channel, World of Death.
Competition films and screenplays competed for the coveted Night Mare statuette, representing the dark horses of the genre. The Night Mare is sculpted and hand-painted each year by the renowned toy and figure creator Tony Simione (Marvel, Star Wars, Godzilla, Alien).
Nightmares Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. It has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for 36 consecutive months.
Submissions for Nightmares Film Festival 2020 will open in November. Check out the full list of winners below.
NFF 19 Awards
The Film from Hell
Best Overall Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Midnight Feature
Best Director Feature
Best Horror-Comedy Feature
Best Cinematography Feature
Best Writing in a Feature
A Nun’s Curse
Best Actor Feature
Tim Loden – Making Monsters
Best Actress Feature
Nicole Brydon Bloom – 1BR
Best Overall Short
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Midnight Short
Best Recurring Nightmare
Let Me Play
Best Director Short
Imagine a World
Best Cinematography Short
Daughter of Dismay
Best Writing in a Short
Best Actor Short
Baker Chase Powell – We Die Alone
Best Actress Short
Synead Nichold – Sasquatch
Best Horror Comedy Short
Best Short Screenplay
Love as Practice for Dying
First runner-up: “Gender Reveal Party”
Second runner-up: “Mary, Dispossessed”
Best Feature Screenplay
First runner-up: “He Brings the Night”
Second runner-up: “No Overnight Parking”
Best Ohio Film
First runner-up: Madness
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