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The Last Exorcism Heads into Opening Weekend with a Big Win at Toronto After Dark; I Spit on Your Grave Garners Multiple Awards

Toronto After Dark Film FestivalToronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 wrapped up eight thrilling nights of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema last week, blazing new cinematic trails and setting new records. The fest’s award winners have been announced, and they are a well deserving group indeed!

The organizers of the 5th edition of TAD saw a new high of over 9,300 enthusiastic attendees at the fest, which ran August 13-20 at the legendary Bloor Cinema, over double the size of the event of just four years ago; and a record over 4,300 votes were cast by festival-goers to determine this year’s Audience Award Winners.

The Last Exorcism took home the Gold as both Best Feature Film (Audience Award) and Best Horror Film (Fans’ Choice Award). It further garnered Best Screenplay for Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, Best Leading Actor for Patrick Fabian, and Scariest Film (all Fans’ Choice Awards).

Also well represented was the I Spit on Your Grave redux, which won third place (Bronze) in the Best Feature Film (Audience Award) category, along with the following Fans’ Choice Awards: Best Director for Steven R. Monroe, Best Leading Actress for Sarah Butler, Best Kills, and Most Disturbing Film.

The full list of winners is as follows:

The Last Exorcism Heads into Opening Weekend with a Big Win at Toronto After Dark;AUDIENCE AWARDS, BEST FEATURE FILM

1. GOLD: THE LAST EXORCISM
2. SILVER: THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE
3. BRONZE: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

VISION AWARDS, BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM
The Vision Awards are given out by the Festival in recognition of outstanding independent genre feature filmmaking.

1. GOLD: HEARTLESS
2. SILVER: THE LAST LOVECRAFT
3. BRONZE: ALL ABOUT EVIL

AUDIENCE AWARDS, BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM

1. GOLD: JUNKO’S SHAMISEN
2. SILVER: KING CHICKEN
3. BRONZE: FIREMAN! and GAME NIGHT (TIE)

AUDIENCE AWARDS, BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

1. GOLD: OFF SEASON
2. SILVER: PUMZI
3. BRONZE: DEUS IRAE

FANS’ CHOICE AWARDS
New for 2010: Over 100 Festival All-Access Pass Buyers were polled in the week after the festival to select the winners in a range of different film categories. Here are the winners of Toronto After Dark’s inaugural FANS’ CHOICE AWARDS:

BEST HORROR FILM
The Last Exorcism

BEST SCI-FI FILM
Cargo

BEST ACTION FILM
Centurion

BEST COMEDY
High School

I Spit on Your Grave Garners Multiple Awards at Toronto After Dark 2010BEST DIRECTOR
I Spit On Your Grave (Steven R. Monroe)

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Last Exorcism (Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland)

BEST LEADING ACTOR
The Last Exorcism (Patrick Fabian)

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
I Spit On Your Grave (Sarah Butler)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Doghouse, High School (Tie)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Cargo, RoboGeisha (Tie)

BEST MAKE-UP
Doghouse

BEST SOUNDTRACK
High School

BEST FIGHT
Alien vs. Ninja

BEST KILLS
I Spit On Your Grave

SCARIEST FILM
The Last Exorcism

MOST ORIGINAL FILM
Rubber

MOST DISTURBING FILM
I Spit On Your Grave

BEST TRAILER
RoboGeisha

BEST FESTIVAL BUMPER
5 Years Young

For more details visit the official Toronto After Dark website.

Debi Moore

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