Fantastic Fest Awards

Wakaliwood's Bad Black surprise audience pick

Pongezi, Wakaliwood! Ugandan action flick Bad Black is the audience award winner at Fantastic Fest

It was a big night for Ugandan cinema at Fantastic Fest as Bad Black, the latest film from Wakaliwood's leading director Nabwana Igg, pulled off a major upset by winning the audience award for best feature.

Even by the standards of Fantastic Fest, a home to underdogs and a bastion of radical tastes, this is stunning win for a nation with no major film industry, and a director who has to scavenge and cannibalize equipment and props to get his movies made. It was a doubly glorious night for Igg, who didn't simply win the popular vote, but also took the jury award for best action feature director.

Here's the full list of winners: Congratulations to everyone.

Audience Award

Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Audience Award Winner: Bad Black directed by Nabwana Igg
1st Runner-Up: Nirvanna The Band The Show directed by Matt Johnson
2nd Runner-Up: Raw directed by Julia Ducournau (read our review here)

Next Wave Features

Best Picture: Zoology directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky (read our review here and our interview with Tverdovsky here)
Best Director: Julia Ducournau for Raw
Special Mention for Fantastic Spirit: The Lure (read our review here)

Fantastic Features

Best Picture: Colossal directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Best Director: Amat Escalante for The Untamed

Horror Features

Best Picture: The Autopsy of Jane Doe directed by André Øvredal (read our review here)
Best Director: Colm McCarthy for The Girl With All The Gifts (read our review here)

Comedy Features

Best Picture: Down Under directed by Abraham Forsythe
Best Director: Abraham Forsythe for Down Under
Special Mention for Best Comedy Debut: The Young Offenders (read our review here)

Action Features

Best Picture: Age of Shadows directed by Kim Jee-woon (read our review here)
Best Director: Nabwana Igg for Bad Black
Special Mention for Best Action: Call of Heroes

Documentary Features

Best Picture: Original Copy directed by Florian Heinzen-Ziob & Georg Heinzen (read our review here)
Best Director: Florian Heinzen-Ziob & Georg Heinzen for Original Copy

Short Fuse: Horror Shorts

Best Picture: "Curve" directed by Tim Egan
Best Director : Tim Egan for "Curve"
Special Mention: "Overtime"
Special Mention: Najarra Townsend, lead actress in "The Stylist"

Fantastic Shorts

Presented by Chiller
Best Picture: "Summer Camp Island" directed by Julia Pott
Best Director : Chris Mitchell & Yoav Lester for "Iron Spyder"

Shorts With Legs

Best Picture: "Paco" directed by Catalina Jordan Alvarez
Best Director: Calvin Reeder for "The Procedure" (read our interview with Reeder here)
Special Mention for Best Meal: "The Worm"

Fantastic Arcade

Most Fantastic: Everything by David O'Reilly
Audience Choice: Loot Rascals by Hollow Ponds

Fantastic Bumpers Competition

Presented by Shiner Beer
"Jack Skellington in the Box" directed by Roman Fruehan

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