[News] Fantastic Fest 2019 announces the Fantastic Fest Awards
Courtesy of Fantastic Fest
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 will be 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.

MAIN COMPETITION” FEATURES
Best Picture: DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Best Director: Katrin Gebbe for PELICAN BLOOD

“NEXT WAVE” FEATURES
Best Picture/Director: PATRICK directed by Tim Mielants
Special Mention for Creative Vision for WYRM

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: COLOR OUT OF SPACE directed by Richard Stanley
Special Mention to actress Kiersey Clemons for SWEETHEART
Special Mention to THE POOL for Most Fun Movie to See with an Audience

SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture: VALERIO’S DAY OUT directed by Michael Arcos
Best Director: Robin Jensen of FARCE
Special Mention to BUNNY directed by Hunter Ray Barker and Tucker Tripp

SHORT FUSE
Best Picture: BAD HAIR directed Oskar Lehemaa
Best Director: Dylan Holmes Williams of THE DEVIL’S HARMONY
Special Mention to THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN directed by Kevin Mcturk

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Picture: THE COLOUR OF YOUR LIPS directed by Annick Blanc
Best Director: Anna Paavilaine of TWO BODIES ON A BEACH
Special Mention to SNOWFLAKES directed by Faye Jackson

FANTASTIC BUMPER COMPETITION
1. NO SIGNAL directed by Peter Hall and Paul Gandersman
2. OOMPH COLA directed by Noodles MacIntosh, AJ Ruizesparza, and Familia Venkatesh
3. POLYBIUS directed by Sharon Everitt and Doug Benson
4. JOHNNY ONE ARM directed by Jacob Ryan Snovel and Jayeton Garcia
5. HITCHHEIFER directed by Lee Mendez, Samantha Bennett, Francis Roman, and Mei Makino

For more information on the films listed above, visit http://fantasticfest.com/films.

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, RED and SPLIT, while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, 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 Mike Judge, M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy and Vince Vaughn. 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.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-two years later, with 36 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. Alamo Drafthouse 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 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. 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”. Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand its brand in new and exciting ways, including Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform for movie lovers, and the American Genre Film Archive, a non-profit film archive dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing film.

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