Fantastic Fest 2016 - Fantastic Awards

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 ( who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. 

The winners of both the Audience Award and the Next Wave Award will be awarded:

  • 2017 Fantastic Fest Superfan Badge
  • Round-trip coach airfare to FF 2017 
  • 4 nights hotel accommodations
  • a spot on the jury of their choice

The Next Wave Award will receive the prize package above in addition to $500 cash. 

AUDIENCE AWARD - Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Audience Award Winner: BAD BLACK directed by Nabwana IGG
1st Runner-Up: NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW directed by Matt Johnson
2nd Runner-Up: RAW directed by Julia Ducournau

Best Picture: ZOOLOGY directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Best Director: Julia Ducournau for RAW
Special Mention for Fantastic Spirit: THE LURE

Best Picture: COLOSSAL directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Best Director: Amat Escalante for THE UNTAMED

Best Picture: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE directed by André Øvredal
Best Director: Colm McCarthy for THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Best Picture: DOWN UNDER directed by Abraham Forsythe
Best Director: Abraham Forsythe for DOWN UNDER
Special Mention for Best Comedy Debut: THE YOUNG OFFENDERS

Best Picture: AGE OF SHADOWS directed by Kim Jee-Woon
Best Director: Nabwana IGG for BAD BLACK
Specail Mention for Best Action: CALL OF HEROES

Best Picture: ORIGINAL COPY directed by Florian Heinzen-Ziob & Georg Heinzen
Best Director: Florian Heinzen-Ziob & Georg Heinzen for ORIGINAL COPY

Best Picture: CURVE directed by Tim Egan
Best Director: Tim Egan for CURVE
Special Mention: OVERTIME
Special Mention: Najarra Townsend, lead actress in THE STYLIST

FANTASTIC SHORTS - Presented by Chiller
Best Picture: SUMMER CAMP ISLAND directed by Julia Pott
Best Director: Chris Mitchell & Yoav Lester for IRON SPYDER

Best Picture: PACO directed by Catalina Jordan Alvarez
Best Director: Calvin Reeder for THE PROCEDURE
Special Mention for Best Meal: THE WORM

Most Fantastic: Everything by David O'Reilly
Audience Choice: Loot Rascals by Hollow Ponds

JACK SKELLINGTON IN THE BOX directed by Roman Fruehan

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About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.