As Fantastic Fest draws to close and we say goodbye to Austin, Texas until next year, we must take a moment to celebrate the biggest achievement of the festival. Fantastic Fest 2018 was home to over 30 feature films and dozens of shorts, and some of the most skilled genre filmmakers working today. Award winners this year include Peter Strickland (In Fabric, The Berberian Sound Studio), Shinichiro Ueda (One Cut of The Dead), and Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook.

This year’s Fantastic Fest was host to some incredible films and will no doubt go down as one the most impressive festival lineups of the year. Included in this years selections were David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween, Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold The Dark (Available on Netflix Sept 28), and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, which NOFS called  “a collision of dreamlike visuals […] enthralling, disgusting, and entertaining”.

Below are the 2018 Award Winners aka the films that you should immediately add to your must-see list for the year! Need more movies to look forward to? Check out all of Nightmare on Film Street’s Fantastic Fest coverage here!


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Best Picture: DONNYBROOK directed by Tim Sutton
Best Director: Peter Strickland for IN FABRIC



Best Picture/Director: HOLIDAY directed by Isabella Eklöf
Special Mention for Sébastien Marnier for SCHOOL’S OUT

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Best Picture: TERRIFIED directed by Demián Rugna
Best Director: Shinichiro Ueda for ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
Special Mention to LUZ directed by Tilman Singer



Best Picture: THE PASSAGE directed by Kitao Sakurai
Special Mention to EMOTION 93 directed by Oz Davidson

SHORT FUSE Presented by Stage 13

Best Picture: ACID (aka ACIDE) directed by Just Philippot


Best Picture: SQUIRREL by Alex Kavutskiy



DARK BIDDINGS directed by Jensen Yancey


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