Screamfest Horror Film Festival Award Winners Announced

"The Master Cleanse" Star Johnny Galecki and "My Father Die" Director Sean Brosnan Among the Festival's Top Winners

American's largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded the top movies, filmmakers and actors of the festival.  The festival, which ran from Oct. 18 - 27, 2016 at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. 

MY FATHER DIE and THE MASTER CLEANSE tied with the most awards, each with four.  MY FATHER DIE won Best Picture, Best Director with Sean Brosnan, Best Editing by Jason Eric Perlman and Sean Brosnan, as well as Best Musical Score by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit. THE MASTER CLEANSE won the Best Actor category with Johnny Galecki, Best Make Up by Naomi Bakstad, Best Special FX by Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius and Creature FX Artists as well as Best Visual FX by George A. Loucas. 

The following is a complete list of winners:

Best Short - A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky

Best Student Short - Pigskin - Jake Hammond

Best Editing - Jason Eric Perlman & Sean Brosnan - My Father Die

Best Actor - Johnny Galecki - The Master Cleanse

Best Musical Score - Justin Small & Ohad Benchetrit - My Father Die

Best Actress - Mimosa Williamo - Lake Bodom

Best Makeup - Naomi Bakstad - The Master Cleanse

Best Cinematography - Joe Dietsch - Happy Hunting

Best Special FX - Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorious & Creature FX Artists - The Master Cleanse

Best Visual FX - George A. Loucas - The Master Cleanse

Best Unproduced Screenplay - Plum Island - Matthew Lee Blackburn

Best Director - Sean Brosnan - My Father Die

Best Picture - My Father Die

Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) served as ambassador for the festival, which showcased 73 films this year.  Along with the myriad of horror films at the festival, Screamfest hosted free screenings of TV episodes inspired by the popular films WOLF CREEK and THE EXORCIST. 

Screamfest is sponsored by Pop TV, Shock Top, Birns & Sawyer, Crypt TV, Brickwork, and Dapper Cadaver.  Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Comission.  Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. 

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ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry.  Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include "Paranormal Activity," "30 Days of Night," "Trick 'r Treat" and "The Human Centipede." For more information visit www.ScreamfestLA.com.