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Complete List of Fantasia 2016 Award Winners Announced



This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival has just come to an end, which means, as always, that we’re now able to present you with the complete list of award winners. Horror films like Before I Wake, Train to Busan, and The Wailing took home top honors, and you’ll find all the winners by reading on!

From the Press Release:
Following three straight weeks of screenings, today the Fantasia International Film Festival finishes its 20th edition. The festival filled to bursting the SGWU Alumni Auditorium (Hall Theatre), the J.A. De Sève Cinema, and the D.B. Clarke Theatre at Concordia University, as well as the McCord Museum, la Cinémathèque québécoise, Place de la Paix in le Quartier des Spectacles, and at the Vidéotron stage at the Just For Laughs Festival. For the seventh consecutive year, Fantasia attracted over 100,000 spectators to a total of 209 cinema screenings, three free outdoor screenings, 11 virtual-reality films, and numerous special events.

Among the many standout moments of the 20th edition were 19 world premieres, including KING DAVE by Daniel Grou, this year’s opening film, as well as THE TOP SECRET: MURDER IN MIND by Keishi Otomo, GORAN by Nevio Marasovic, SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS by Michael Reich, THE UNSEEN by Geoff Redknap UN PETIT BOULOT by Pascal Chaumeil, REALIVE by Mateo Gill, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE by John Stockwell, and SOME FREAKS by Ian MacAllister-McDonald. Also noteworthy were many sold-out screenings, including LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR by Corey Asraf and John Swab, IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD by Akira Nagai, LIGHTS OUT by David F. Sandberg, I, OLGA HEPNAROVA by Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb, EMBERS by Claire Carré, TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho, PSYCHO RAMAN by Anurag Kashyap, TERRAFORMARS by Takashi Miike, SHELLEY by Ali Abbasi, and DON’T BREATHE by Fede Alvarez, this year’s closing film.

A near-record number of special guests were present for the festival’s 20th anniversary, including iconic genre directors Guillermo Del Toro and Takashi Miike, in Montreal to receive a Cheval Noir and Lifetime Achievement Award respectively. Fantasia is also immensely proud to have presented the inaugural Prix Denis Héroux to filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord, celebrating his exceptional contribution to the development of Québécois genre cinema.

Almost 700 international guests, including some 400 film industry professionals, came to Montreal over the course of the festival and its accompanying Frontières International Co-Production Market.

The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the names of the various award winners of its 20th edition. The festival’s winners were selected by juries as well as festival’s audience.

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The jury, overseen by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (directors) and composed of Cyril Despontin (Paris International Fantastic Film Festival), George Schmalz (Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter), Justine Smith (critic), and Marcus Stiglegger (critic and researcher), selected the following winners:

Cheval Noir Award for Best Feature: TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho

Cheval Noir Award for Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa for CREEPY

Cheval Noir Award for Best Screenplay: E J-Yong for THE BACCHUS LADY

Cheval Noir Award for Best Actor: Franko Dijak, GORAN

Cheval Noir Award for Best Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, THE BACCHUS LADY

Special Jury Prize: THE LURE (Poland, dir.: Agnieszka Smoczynska) “for being a timeless cinematic fairytale — an instant cult classic!”


The jury, overseen by Michael Gingold (critic) and composed of Grady Hendrix (author, co-founder of New York Asian Film Festival), Kate McEdwards (Oscilloscope Laboratories), and Nicolas Stanzick (critic and musician), selected the following winners:

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature (awarded unanimously): MAN UNDERGROUND by Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine.

Special Jury Mention: Lily Mae Harrington, “for her remarkable, nuanced and boldly honest performance in her feature-film debut, SOME FREAKS.”


Le jury, overseen by Chris Oosterom (Artistic Director, Festival Imagine, Amsterdam) and composed of Heather Buckley (critic, designer, Blu-ray supplement producer), and Peter Kuplowsky (producer and programmer, Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark), selected the following winners:

Best International Short: A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY (France) “The Jury is excited to award Best International Short to Quarxx, whose visionary and ambitious short cements him as a provocative auteur that we look forward to seeing more from.”

Special Jury Mention for Best Emerging Short Filmmaker: Tanya Lemke for STATIC (Canada) “The Jury would like to recognize this emotionally charged parable on grief and loss for its thoughtful and confident filmmaking, announcing the arrival of a promising new talent.”

Special Jury Mention for Aesthetic Innovation: ESTATE (France / Belgium) “The Jury would also like to recognize Ronny Trocker’s deft synthesis of compelling visual experimentation with a profound meditation on a pressing contemporary socio-cultural reality.”


The jury, overseen Julie Roy (Executive Producer, French Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada) and composed of Benoît Melançon (Assistant Professor and specialist in previsualization, UQAC/NAD), Alex Parkinson (Visual Effects Supervisor, Feature Animation Division, Cinesite), and Tamu Townsend (Curator of the Emru Townsend Foundation), selected the following winners:

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature: PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (Spain, dir: Alberto Vazquez, Pedro Rivero). “For its originality and vision in terms of aesthetic, narrative and characterization, PSYCHONAUTS defies comparison. Combined with its post-apocalyptic atmosphere and audacious themes, it achieves a daring balance that is at once destabilizing and engaging.”

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short: STEMS (U.K., dir: Ainslie Henderson). “The jury universally loved this short and sweet animation about the joy and tragedy of animation itself. In particular, they enjoyed the unique rough style with lent the piece a tangibility and charm, and complimented the message. STEMS packs a lot of big ideas into a short run time.”

Special Jury Mention for Synergy of Narration and Art: CLOUDS (Canada dir: Diego Maclean). “The jury conveys a special mention to the film CLOUDS to underscore the judicious balance between its artistic direction and narrative. The story is well crafted and highly effective. It is upheld by a harmonious and delicate design that skillfully contrasts with the cruelty of the story.”


The jury, composed of Kier-la Janisse (author, editor-in-chief of Spectacular Optical), Paul Corupe (author and screenwriter), and Mario DeGiglio-Bellamare (filmmaker, writer and programmer), awarded Spectacular Optical’s Barry Convex Award to FEUILLES MORTES by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior et Edouard Tremblay. The award is accompanied by a $1000 prize, thanks to the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

The jury also presents a Special Mention to ÉCARTÉE by Lawrence Côté-Collins, saluting an accomplished exercise in voyeuristic suspense.

PRIX AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) 2016:

The jury, overseen by Martin Gignac and composed of Céline Gobert and Olivier Thibodeau, awarded the Prix AQCC to THE WAILING by Na Hong-jin.


The jury, overseen by Pascal Grenier and composed of Jean-Marie Lanlo and Guillaume Potvin, awarded the Prix Séquences to WE ARE THE FLESH by Emiliano Rocha Minter.


Le prix L’Écran fantastique, selected by Yves Rivard, was awarded to BEFORE I WAKE by Mike Flanagan.

Audience Award for Best European / North-South American Feature:

Gold – Tie between HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Dir: Taika Waititi) and UN PETIT BOULOT (Dir: Pascal Chaumeil)

Silver – THEY CALL ME JEEG (Dir: Gabriele Mainetti)

Bronze – Tie between KIKI: LOVE TO LOVE (Dir: Paco León) and THE LURE (Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska)

Audience Award for Best Asian Feature:

Gold – TRAIN TO BUSAN (Dir: Yeon Sang-ho)

Silver – TOO YOUNG TO DIE (Dir: Kankuro Kudo)

Bronze – THE WAILING (Dir: Na Hong-jin)

Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature:

Gold – KING DAVE (Dir: Daniel Grou)

Silver – FEUILLES MORTES (Dirs: Thierry Bouffard, Carnior, Edouard A. Tremblay)

Bronze – tie between ÉCARTÉE (Dir: Lawrence Côté-Collins) and OPERATION AVALANCHE (Dir: Matt Johnson)

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature:


Audience Award for Best Animated Feature:

SEOUL STATION (Dir: Yeon Sang-ho)

Audience Award for Best International Short:

Gold – SNAKEBITE (Dir: Tim Hyten)

Silver – NO TOUCHING (Dirs: Adam Davis, Will Corona Pilgrim)

Bronze – L’OURS NOIR (Dirs: Méryl Fortunat Rossi, Xavier Seron)

Audience Award for Best Quebecois Short:

Gold – CARNASSE (Dir: Francis Bordeleau)

Silver – CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ (Dir: Jean-Claude Leblanc)

Bronze – BULLSHIT (Dir: Marc Wiltshire)

The festival’s audiences were invited to vote for Best Virtual Reality Film. This year’s selection of virtual-reality genre films was programmed in collaboration with the CFC Media Lab. The section consisted of 11 titles, five of which were Canadian and six international productions. The Samsung Virtual Reality Award went to the short film KILLER DEAL from US director Anthony C. Ferrante.

Lastly, as part of the program of family films MON PREMIER FANTASIA AU MUSÉE McCORD, a youth jury consisting four members aged between 8 and 10 years old awarded this year’s Prix Jeunesse Mon Premier Fantasia to (SIMON’S CAT) A VISIT AT THE VET by U.K. animator Simon Tofield.

The Fantasia International Film Festival wishes to thank its sponsors and partners for their continued effort and support. For its 20th edition Fantasia was able to count on the support of 50 sponsor-partners, a dozen media partners, and 130 advertisers.

The Fantasia International Film Festival’s 21st edition will take place in July of 2017.

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Buffy Is Back in New Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic Miniseries by Joss Whedon



Buffy is back!

Joss Whedon (Angel, Serenity) and Christos Gage (Angel & Faith) return to unite the Buffyverse for a four-issue Buffy the Vampire Slayer series this June!

This action-packed miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, called Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, reunites the Buffyverse with the return of Angel, Faith, Illyria, and Fray, the Slayer from the future!

On top of that, Buffyverse alumnus artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) also returns to lend his illustrative skills to the next installment.

Issue #1 (of four) boasts three variant covers by Stephanie Hans, Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Dan Jackson, and Karl Moline. You can check out one to the right and the other two below. Give them a look-see, and then let us know what you think!

You can pre-order the first issue at your local comic shop in March before the series hits June 20, 2018.

Following the world-altering finale of Season 11, Buffy and the Scoobies have had a laid-back year in the saving-the-world department. But as they’ve learned over their years of fighting the forces of darkness and thwarting many an apocalypse, nothing stays quiet for long.

When Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is crashed by some familiar faces with news of an amassing force that must be reckoned with—Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future—Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers forever.



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Stephen King’s The Bone Church Becoming a TV Series Via David Ayer



I’ve said it quite a few times but 2017 will go down as the “Year of Stephen King.”

With successful adaptations of his novels IT, Gerald’s Game, and 1922, and TV series based on “The Mist” and “Mr. Mercedes”, King was everywhere in 2017.

And it looks like the trend is going to continue as today we have news that Suicide Squad and Bright director David Ayer will develop King’s The Bone Church into a TV series.

Deadline reports that Ayer will exec-produce the series along with Chris Long and their Cedar Park Entertainment banner, which will also be the studio for the series as well.

I haven’t yet read Stephen King’s poem “The Bone Chruch” (which was revised and featured in King’s recent anthology The Bazaar of Bad Dreams) so I can’t comment on whether or not the poem will make for a solid series. But if it’s King, I’m there.

What do you think of “The Bone Church” becoming a TV series? Let us know below!


An adventurer organizes an expedition deep into a vast jungle land to locate the mythic Bone Church. They discover a secret not meant for the eyes of strangers. Only three of the 32 travelers escaped with their lives in a tale narrated by one of the survivors, who tells stories from a bar stool to patrons who’ll buy him drinks.


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Nick Castle AKA Michael Myers Talks In-Depth About Blumhouse’s Halloween



God bless, Nick Castle.

It was just the other day that we let you guys know that filming had wrapped on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today it looks like Nick Castle aka Michael Myers himself is back out and about doing the horror convention thing as our buddies over at Halloween Daily News recently caught up with Castle at Mad Monster Party and sat down for an awesome and in-depth interview.

I’ve only included the best bits and pieces from the interview here, but the whole piece is very interesting and I highly recommend checking it out in the link below.

The first bit I found really interesting was Castle speaking about how, originally, director David Gordon Green didn’t know what to make of the offer to write-direct the new Halloween.

He (Green) told me when he got this offered to him, he didn’t know what to make of it to begin with,” Castle says. “But then he went, ‘How can I turn this down? But now that I’m saying I’m going to do it, I really have to make sure I do it right.’

Fair enough. Green is one of my favorite director out there working today and I’m glad to hear that even though he wasn’t sure about taking on the film, he still couldn’t turn it down. That’s a true fan!

Next up, Castle was asked if the new film will feel like the original Carpenter flick.

Yes, and it’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one,” Castle said. “It feels a lot like (the first film). There are a lot of things coinciding (in the new film) that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it. They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: ‘We want to do it like John did it.’

He continues: “They had a lot of practical challenges making it 40 years later, in terms of where people were, what they’re doing, the kind of assumption of the interim period, and I think a lot of that went towards deciding when to start the film, in a way disregarding the subsequent sequels. It’s a difficult thing they’re trying to do. It is difficult. When you’re given a project that has within it certain limitations of what went on before, you have to follow a trail through that, it can get very – it can plod along and it can be just about plot. And they made some choices that I think are really bold choices about who these people are and why they are the way they are now. So I’m really looking forward it. I have high hopes.

We have high hopes too, Castle! And finally, Castle was asked if he genuinely believes all of us fans are going to be happy with this new Halloween sequel, to which he responded, “Yes. I can be unabashedly proud to be a part of it, and tell the fans I think they’re in pretty good hands. It’s kind of like fans are making the movie.

Good shit all around, right? Gotta love Nick Castle. How excited are you for Blumhoue’s Halloween? Do Castle comments make you more (or less) enthusiastic about director David Gordon Green’s film? Let us know below!

Check out the full interview HERE.

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.


Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Trivia: Nick Castle directed Major Payne (1994)


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