Press Release


Austin, TX--- Monday, September 27, 2010---Fantastic Fest is excited to announce this year’s crop of Fantastic Fest titles includes some of the brightest and hardest-hitting films of all time.  We’ve seen a psycho-kinetic tire, a secret ninja, a town invaded by 8-bit enemies, and a family of cannibals that you might consider going home with.  It’s a terrible task to pick favorites and single out any of the magnificent films, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best and most striking films of the festival. 

The juries were comprised of some of the most esteemed filmmakers, critics, festival directors and show biz people in the industry.  Their thoughtful deliberations provided the following acknowledgments of cinematic excellence in all things Fantastic:

The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year.  AMD and Dell are the presenters of prestigious “Next Wave” Awards, which honor emerging filmmakers.

Bedevilled (Jang Cheol-so)
Runners Up: Golden Slumber, Rubber, Ip Man 2

Best Picture: We Are What We Are
Best Director: Thomas Cappelen Malling  (Norwegian Ninja)
Best Screenplay: Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are)
Best Actor: Mads Ousdal (Norwegian Ninja)
Best Actress: Seo Yeong-hee (Bedevilled)

Best Picture: Kidnapped
Best Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped)
Best Screenplay: Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die)
Best Actor: A J Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die)
Best Actress: Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die)

Best Picture: Sound of Noise
Best Director: Pablo Trapero (Carancho)
Best Screenplay: Shion Sono and Yoshiki Takahashi (Cold Fish)
Best Actor: Stellan Skarsgård (Somewhat Gentle Man)
Best Actress: Martina Gusman (Carancho)

Best Horror Short: Legend of Beaver Dam (Jerome Sable)
Honorable Mention - Best Potential: Deus Irae (Pedro Cristiani

Best Fantastic Short: Sorry...I Love You (Leticia Dolera)

Best Animated Short: Teclópolis (Javier Mrad)

About Fantastic Fest
Dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by showbiz bible Variety, Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, showcasing eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The 2009 edition hosted over 70 world, U.S. and regional premieres of the latest sci-fi, horror, fantasy and cult films from around the world. 

About Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Maxwell Locke & Ritter is an accounting, tax and consulting firm located in Austin, Texas. It is the largest locally owned and managed firm in the greater Austin area and is dedicated to creating an environment of open communication, honesty, compassion, respect, and active community participation.  Through these efforts, Maxwell Locke & Ritter has been voted one of Central Texas’ Best Places to Work by their employees 7 years in a row. 

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play.

About Dell
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that simplify daily activities and help people stay, entertained,  connected and in touch.

Our Partners
Fantastic Fest media partners include IFC TV in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, and network television partners KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW).  AMD and Dell are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Spotlight Competition at Fantastic Fest. Presenting sponsor Ambhar Tequila is the official tequila of Fantastic Fest.  FEARnet, Qriocity and Playstation Network are also Presenting Sponsors, while Syfy, HitFix and Radisson are Title Sponsors.  Other sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Criterion, Dark Sky Films, Embassy Suites, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, WellGo USA, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Texas Film Commission and Whole Foods.  Media partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, Moving Pictures and Twitch.

For more details regarding Fantastic Fest, contact Brandy Fons, publicist, at (310) 809-8882 or [email protected].  For more information, visit the official Fantastic Fest site at