CINEPOCALYPSE Announces 2018 Winners Including SUMMER OF ’84
The 2018 edition of Cinepocalypse wrapped up last week and today we wanted to make sure to share the winners with you guys. The festival’s feature film jury was co-chaired by director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), and Deputy Director of the Illinois Film Office Louis Ferrara.
The trio awarded the top honor to Robert Schwentke’s riveting World War II thriller The Captain, “Best Screenplay” went to Matt Leslie and Stephen Smith for their retro throwback mystery Summer of ’84, and “Best Director” went to Joko Anwar for his horrific, electrifying take on the haunted house genre, Satan’s Slaves.
Additional feature awards were given to Joe Cole, for “Best Actor” in A Prayer Before Dawn, and Paula Niedert Elliott, for “Best Actress” in Clara’s Ghost. The festival bestowed Luciferina an award for “Best Sexorcism Scene” and Heavy Trip their “Best Discovery” prize. The Audience Award was given to Johnny Kevorkian’s Await Further Instructions.
Co-Presidents Derrickson and Cargill noted in a joint statement, “These were incredibly hard choices to make, as 2018 has proven such an amazing year for genre cinema. The films chosen by Cinepocalypse not only reflect the diversity of genre film this year but actually, push the boundaries of what is considered genre. These films are among the very best of an incredibly strong crop, which includes several we wish we could simultaneously award for their genius, craft, and in some cases, audacity. It was an honor to be able to sit on a jury of films so wildly original and accomplished.”
The Cinepocalypse short film jury, presided over by Northwestern University film professor Spencer Parsons, Kristin Wicks, and Lisa Holmes, awarded “Best Film” to Daughters of Virtue, noting that it is “distinguished by its sharp technical execution of a total vision and style” and “builds from dread and paranoia to a great shocker of an ending.”
The short film jury also awarded David Mikalson “Best Director” for Stay, Al Clemente Saks and Bianet Diaz “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” for their performances in The Chairman, “Best Cinematography” to Director of Photography Jonah Rubash for his work on Quiver, and their “Armed and Grammatically Dangerous Prize” to Jake Jarvi’s Oxford Comma. An additional award dubbed the “Best Noggin Flapjacks Prize”, was given to Anthony Cousins’ The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds.
In its sophomore year, the festival shattered its first-year attendance record and won accolades for its progressive, boundary-pushing, and phenomenal programming and guests.
Cinepocalypse will return to The Music Box Theatre in 2019.