Fantastic Fest Awards Announced

Studio Ghibli’s latest wins audience favor

There are still a few days left in this 10th edition of Fantastic Fest, but the ballots, at least, have all been counted.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Audience Award went to Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature, The Tale of Princess Kaguya; the Chronicle’s Marc Savlov called it “a whimsical tale shot through with elements of girl power, Japanese patriarchy versus the (female) individual, and parenting gone wild ... it’s also by far the finest example of traditional animation you’re likely to see this year.”

Other standout pictures included It Follows, The Tribe, and The Babadook, which nearly swept the horror category.

Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on film critic Leonard Maltin by Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and Maltin's lifelong friend Louis Black, cofounder and editor of The Austin Chronicle. Maltin announced last month that the 2015 edition of his bestselling Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide will be the last.

Fantastic Fest 2014 runs Sept. 18-25. For the Chronicle's continuing coverage, including reviews, interviews, and photo galleries, see austinchronicle.com/fantastic-fest. See complete list of award winners below.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA (director Isao Takahata)

 

"NEXT WAVE" SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION PRESENTED BY DELL PRECISION
Best Picture: IT FOLLOWS (director David Robert Mitchell)   
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (THE TRIBE)  
Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)  
Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (SPRING)  
Best Actress: Amy Everson (FELT)

 

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: ALLELUIA (director Fabrice Du Welz)  
Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA)  
Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma (THE WORLD OF KANAKO)  
Best Actor: Laurent Lucas (ALLELUIA)  
Best Actress: Lola Dueñas (ALLELUIA)

 

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: THE BABADOOK (directed Jennifer Kent)  
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK)  
Best Director: Martín De Salvo (DARKNESS BY DAY)  
Best Actor: Noah Wiseman (THE BABADOOK)    
Best Actress: Essie Davis (THE BABADOOK)

 

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD  (director by Tommy Wirkola)  
Best Director: Hans Petter Moland (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)  
Best Screenplay: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD)  
Best Actor: Pål Sverre Hagen (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)  
Best Actress: Sylvia Hoeks (BROS BEFORE HOS)

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Best Picture: KUNG FU ELLIOT (director Jaret Belliveau)  
Best Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp (THE CREEPING GARDEN)

 

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: “THE STOMACH” directed by Ben Steiner
Runner-up: “INVADERS”  directed by Jason Kupfer

 

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Winner: “THE VOICE THIEF" directed by Adan Jodorowsky
Runner-up: “MY FATHER IS A BIRD” (director Boaz Debby) and “SOLITUDO” (director Alice Lowe)

 

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: “THE CHAPERONE” (director Fraser Munden)
Runner-up: “DAY 40” (director Sol Friedman)

 

FANTASTIC ARCADE
Best in Show: BANANA CHALICE (developed by Kyle Reimergartin)

 

MERCADO FANTASTICO
Gold Prize: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE TURNED (director Andrés Rosende)  
Silver Prize: FIERCE (director Francisco Lorite)  
Bronze Prize: HURT (director Pablo Proenza)  
Special Jury Mention for "Keeping the Spirit of the 80's Alive": THE SHADOWDWELLERS (producer Erick Salomon)  
Jury Award for Work in Progress, and Chemistry Award: FRONDOSO EDEN DEL CORAZON (director Juan Manuel Fodde)  
Morbido/Latam Consultation Award: EAT ME (director David Michán)  
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Beyond the Window Coproduction Meetings: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE SHORE (director Juan Felipe Orozco)  
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Bloody Work in Progress: SCHERZO DIABOLICO (director Adrián García Bogliano)

 

KING OF SHAKEYFACE
Andrew Todd

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