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Fantastic Fest 2012 is over; what movies won big?

09.25.2012by: Eric Walkuski


Vanishing Waves

Another year, another Fantastic Fest in the bag. (And another year of me being pissed off that I wasn't there.) In the past we've gotten some really quality flicks thanks to the Austin-based festival, so what movies were the big stand-outs this year? Read on for the list of winners!

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
I Declare War (dir. Robert Wilson & Jason Lapeyre)

AMD "NEXT WAVE" SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Best Picture: Flicker (dir. Patrik Eklund)
Best Director: Charles de Lauzirika (Crave)
Best Screenplay: Max Porcelijn (Plan C)
Best Actor: Michael Eklund (Errors of the Human Body)
Best Actress: Alina Levshin (Combat Girls)

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: Vanishing Waves (dir. Kristina Buozyte)
Best Director: Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)
Best Screenplay: Bruno Samper, Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)
Best Actor: Rene Bitorajac (Vegetarian Cannibal)
Best Actress: Jurga Jutaite (Vanishing Waves)

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: Here Comes the Devil (dir. Adrián García Bogliano)
Best Screenplay: Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil)
Best Director: Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil)
Special mention: Hajime Ohata (Henge)
Best Actor: Francisco Barreiro (Here Comes the Devil)
Best Actress: Laura Caro (Here Comes the Devil)
Special Mention: Katherine Isabel (American Mary)

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: New Kids Nitro (dir. Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil)
Best Director: Dario Russo (Danger 5)
Best Screenplay: John Mitchell (The History of Future Folk)
Best Actor: Chapman To (Vulgaria)
Best Actress: Rina Takeda (Dead Sushi)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Best Picture: The American Scream (dir. Michael Stephenson)
Best Director: Rodney Ascher (Room 237)

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: At The Formal (Andrew Kavanagh, Australia)
Runner-up: The Sleepover (Chris Cullari, USA)

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Winner: Record/Play (Jesse Atlas, USA)
Runner-up: Love (Kaveh Nabatian, Canada)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: Bendito Machine IV - (Jossie Malis, Spain)
Runner-up: Tram - (Michaela Pavlátová, Czech Republic)

Well, clearly HERE COMES THE DEVIL and VANISHING WAVES are the pictures to see; DEVIL recently got picked up for distribution by Magnet Releasing, but no word yet on when WAVES will make itself available to the public. I'd like to throw out a special "Congrats" message to the AMERICAN SCREAM team; just saw the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Extra Tidbit: Best Horror Actress winner Laura Caro (pictured above) is a popular recording artist in her native Mexico.
Source: Fantastic Fest

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