The ballots are in, the polls are closed, and the results have been tabulated; Fantastic Fest has announced the award winners of this year’s festival, and you may see some surprising name on the list! Beginning September 21, with eight solid days of genre film, Fantastic Fest wrapped-up this last week. 2017 was a great year for surprise hits and slow burns, including Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game and Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Rift. You can read our full coverage of the festival HERE.
The winners of both the Audience Award and the Next Wave Award will receive:
- 2018 Fantastic Fest Superfan Badge
- Round-trip coach airfare to FF 2018
- 4 nights hotel accommodations
The Next Wave Award will receive the prize package above in addition to $500 cash.
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AUDIENCE AWARD – Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Audience Award Winner: Bodied directed by Joseph Kahn
1st Runner-Up: Gilbert directed by Neil Berkeley
2nd Runner-Up: World of Tomorrow: Episode Two directed by Don Hertzfeldt
NEXT WAVE FEATURES
Best Picture: Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse directed by Lukas Feigelfeld
Best Director: Takahide Hori for Junk Head
Special Mention for both Five Fingers For Marsailles and Maus
Best Picture: My Friend Dahmer directed by Marc Meyers
Best Director: Kornél Mundruczó for Jupiter’s Moon
Special Mention for both Tiger Girl and Good Manners
Best Picture: The Cured directed by David Freyne
Best Director: Issa López for Tigers Are Not Afraid
Special Mention for Most Creative FX And Innovative Approach To Vampire Mythology to Vampire Clay
Best Picture: The Square directed by Ruben Östlund
Best Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson for Under The Tree
Special Mention for Sheer Ballsiness to Ron Goosman’s Low Budget Stunt Man
Best Picture: Gad Genius directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya
Best Director: Park Hoon-jung for V.I.P.
Special Mention for Building A Cinematic Universe On A Budget to The Endless
Best Picture and Best Director: Brimstone & Glory directed by Viktor Jakovleski
Special Mention to Love and Saucers
SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Best Picture: Voyeur directed by Charlotte Lam, Claire Stradwick
Best Director : Gonçalo Almeida for Thursday Night
Special Mention to Creswick
Best Picture: The Burden directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Special Mention for Biggest Face Melter to Kaiju Bunraku
SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture and Best Director: The Tesla World Light directed by Matthew Rankin
Special Mention to Beans
FANTASTIC BUMPER COMPETITION – Presented by Shiner Beer
Snap Snap directed by Felicia Rein