Monday, 8 August 2011

Fantasia Awards 2011

The Fantasia International Film Festival finished up it's 15th festival this weekend in Montreal. Every year I hear amazing stories about the films and the festival experience, and looking at the film list blows my mind. The festival features fantasy, horror and extreme titles from around the world as well as premieres for upcoming big titles on many a genre fans must-see list. Yep, it sounds like an awesome. I also am always astounded and impressed by the endurance of the festival and the people who run it and attend, given it's mega-length of 3 weeks long. That easily makes Fantasia one of the festivals I most want to go to and grants it a spot on my Mega-List. How can you not love a festival that has an audience awarded prize for Guru Prize for the Most Energetic Feature? I mean, seriously. That's amazing.

Let's look at all of the festival awards, as I'm sure many will be added to my own must-see list. I've been lucky enough to see some of the winners already from other festivals like Superheroes at Hot Docs and Legend of Beaver Dam at the Worldwide Short Film Festival but at first glance I know I'll be hoping to see at the very least Milocrorze: A Love Story, Vampire, Monster Brawl and of course Bangkok Knockout sometimes soon.

2011 Fantasia International Film Festival Winners:

Feature Film Awards
Juried by: Alexandre Franchi (President), with Gilles Esposito, Lee Joon-ik, George Mihalka, Steven Schneider and Tom Vick

Cheval Noir Award for Best Film: Clown by Mikkel Nørgaard
Best Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi for Milocrorze: A Love Story
Best Screenplay: Park Hoon-jung for The Unjust
Best Actors: Hwang Jeong-min and Ryoo Seung-beom for The Unjust
Best Actress: Norie Yasui for Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano
Special Mention to Vampire
Special Mention to the short film I LOVE YOU in THE THEATRE BIZARRE

First Feature Awards
Juried by: Jason Eisener (President), with Jephté Bastien, Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau and Greg Newman

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature: Bullhead by Michaël R. Roskam
Special Mention to Love

Animation Awards
Juried by: Marcel Jean (President), with Jean-François Lévesque and Heidi Taillefer

Best Animated Feature Film: Surviving Life
Best Animated Short Film: Bobby Yeah
Special Mention to Crépuscule

International Animated Short Film Awards
Juried by: Buddy Giovinazzo (President), with John Fallon, Sylvain Houde and Charlotte Selb

Best International Short: The Suicide Tapes
Special Mention to The Unliving

Quebecois Short Film Awards
Juried by: Catherine Beauchamp, Dino Tavarone, Caroline Morin

Best Director: Alexandre Richard for Bonne Journée
Best Film: Carolyne Rhéaume for La Barricade
Best Actress: Charlotte Laurier for Coup Sauvage
Best Actor: Mathieu Dufresne for Bonne Journée
Best Screenplay: Caroline Renaud for Maternal
Jury’s Choice: Kim St-Pierre for Vodka Canneberge
Best Photo: Eric Morin for Opasatika

Quebecois DIY Short Film Awards
Juried by: Julie Brisson, Karl Filion, Géraldine Charbonneau

Best Film: Fuck That, Lawrence Côté-Collins
Best Screenplay: Corte, Radnath Gagnon
Best Director: Emanuel St-Pierre Beaulieu for Un film avec Brigitte Bardot
Best Actor (Male & Female): Maxime Desjardins for Gueule de Bois
Jury’s Choice: Vivre a 35 Milles a l'heure, Jean Marc E. Roy, Philippe David Gagné, Dominic Leclerc

AQCC Prize – International Section Awards
Martin Gignac, Claudia Hébert, Nicolas Krief

AQCC Prize: (TIE) Super and Superheroes

Séquences Prize – Asian Section Awards
Pascal Grenier (President), with Pierre-Alexandre Fradet and Christina Stojanova

Séquences Prize: Heaven's Story

L’Écran Fantastique Prize
Yves Rivard

L’Écran Fantastique Prize: Detention

Audience Awards

Best Asian Feature:
GOLD (TIE): 13 Assassins and Cold Fish
SILVER: Milocrorze: A Love Story
BRONZE: Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Best European or American Feature:
GOLD: Attack the Block
SILVER: (TIE) Burke and Hare and Bellflower
BRONZE: Innkeepers

Best Canadian or Quebecois Feature:
GOLD: The Corridor
SILVER: Vampire
BRONZE: (TIE) Monster Brawl and The Divide

Best Animation Feature:
GOLD: Redline
SILVER: Legend of the Millenium Dragon

Best Documentary:
GOLD: Art/Crime
SILVER: Superheroes
BRONZE: Last Days Here

Most Innovative Feature:
GOLD: Milocrorze: A Love Story
SILVER: The Woman

Guru Prize for the Most Energetic Feature:
GOLD: Bangkok Knockout
SILVER (TIE): Milocrorze: A Love Story and Detention

Best Short Film:
GOLD: Legend of Beaver Dam
SILVER: Night Fishing
BRONZE: Bobby Yeah

The Fantasia International Film Festival ran from July 14 - Aug 7, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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