Press Release

FANTASTIC FEST 2015 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS

Austin, TX - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce this year's Fantastic Fest Award winners. It has been an outstanding year for features & shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.

The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter (http://www.mlrpc.com/) who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest.  Dell Precision is the presenter of the prestigious "Next Wave" Award, which honors emerging filmmakers.  The winners of the "Next Wave" feature awards are presented with a new Dell Precision mobile workstation. 

AUDIENCE AWARD - Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter
1st Place: GREEN ROOM directed by Jeremy Saulnier
2nd Place: LIZA THE FOX FAIRY directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros
3rd Place: STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP directed by Ross Sutherland

"NEXT WAVE" SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION - Presented By Dell Precision
Best Picture: DER BUNKER directed by Nikias Chryssos
Best Director: Can Evrenol for BASKIN

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: THE CLUB
Best Director: Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman for ANOMALISA

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: DEMON
Best Director: Joe Begos for THE MIND’S EYE

COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
Best Director: Anders Thomas Jensen for MEN & CHICKEN

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Best Picture: MAN VS SNAKE
Best Director: Heath Cozens for DOGLEGS

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Best Picture: SISTER HELL
Best Director: Ryan Spindell for THE BABYSITTER MURDERS

FANTASTIC SHORTS - Presented by Chiller
Best Picture: MOVIES IN SPACE
Best Director: Jeremy David White for ENHANCED

SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture: TRIAL RUN
Best Director: Alice Waddington for DISCO INFERNO

FANTASTIC MARKET | MERCADO FANTASTICO PITCHES
1st Place: THE DUMP by Fernando Montes de Oca and Xavier Sánchez Mercado
2nd Place: PARADISE HILLS by Alice Waddington
3rd Place: EL GIGANTE by Gigi Saul Guerrero

FANTASTIC ARCADE
Best in Show: SECRET LEGEND developed by Andrew Shouldice
Audience Award Winner: SUPER RUSSIAN ROULETTE developed by Andrew Reitano

KING OF SHAKEYFACE
Robert Ha

FANTASTIC BUMPER COMPETITION - Presented by SourceFed Nerd
THE JURY directed by Joe Nicolosi


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About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Our Partners
Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest include Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival, as well as Chiller, the only cable channel devoted to delivering round-the-clock scares, and El Rey Network, the genre busting cable network from maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez!

About Fantastic Market:
Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico is an international co-production market for genre films. Fantastic Market highlights new genre narrative projects from across the world with a particular emphasis on filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Latino filmmakers in the United States. The goal of the market is to connect international film projects with potential production partners, sales agents, and distributors.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  17 years later, the now 20-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth. Movies. Death, an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

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