Great news for three UK films at the recent Fantastic Fest awards over in Austin, Texas...
Billy O'Brien's exceptional Irish 'mutated cow' horror Isolation picked up second place in the Audience Awards (read our FrightFest review of the film here), as well as Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography in the Horror Jury Awards.
Simon Rumley's British family tragedy flick The Living and The Dead also did extremely well, winning the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (for Leo Bill), Best Supporting Actress (for Kate Fahy) and bizarrely Best Make-up in the Fantastic Fest Jury Awards. You can read our glowing review of the film from our FrightFest report here.
The third UK film to pick up an award was Adam Mason and Simon Boyes' Broken which won Best Make-up (read our FrightFest review of the film here).
Other films that stood out included EMB faves Hatchet (click here for our FrightFest review) which won 1st place in the Audience Awards as well as Best Special Effects in the Horror Jury Awards, and indie film Nightmare which received Best Script and Best Actress (Nicole Roderick) nods. You can read our 4.5 star review of Nightmare here.
Only films without distribution at the time of their acceptance to Fantastic Fest were eligible for awards. See below for the full results.
1st Place - HATCHET 2nd Place - ISOLATION 3rd Place - FIREFLY
HORROR JURY AWARDS
Best Picture - ISOLATION Best Director - Billy O'Brien, ISOLATION Best Script - Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme, NIGHTMARE Best Actor - Kane Hodder, HATCHET Best Actress - Nicole Roderick, NIGHTMARE Best Supporting Actor - Lance Henriksen, ABOMINABLE Best Supporting Actress - Kristen Bell, ROMAN Best Art Direction - Alex Boynton, UNREST Best Cinematography - Robbie Ryan, ISOLATION Best Special Effects - HATCHET Best Make-up - BROKEN
FANTASTIC FEST JURY AWARDS
Best Film - THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Best Director - Simon Rumley, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Best Script - Larry Kent and Daniel Williams, HAMSTER CAGE Best Actor - Leo Bill, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Best Actress - Jodie Jameson, VENUS DROWNING Best Supporting Actor - Alan Scarfe, HAMSTER CAGE Best Supporting Actress - Kate Fahy, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Best Art Direction - STARFISH HOTEL Best Cinematography - A QUIET LOVE Best Special Effects - PUZZLEHEAD Best Make-up - THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Special Mention of the Jury
Blood Tea and Red String "For its originality and stunning visual audacity! Blood Tea and Red String is a dark psychological fairy tale, a work of creative passion by director Christiane Cegavske. The films eccentric and unique vision will be with you like a feverish dream for years to come."
SHORT FILM AWARDS
Best of Show - THE LISTENING DEAD Best Short Form - THE COST OF LIVING Best Long Form - ROGAIRI (VILLAINS) Best Animated - IF I HAD A HAMMER Best Comedy - THEY'RE MADE OUT OF MEAT
2006 FANTASTIC FEST COMPETITION FILMS
THE BEACH PARTY AT THE THRESHOLD OF HELL
BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING
A QUIET LOVE
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
2006 FANTASTIC FEST HORROR COMPETITION FILMS
THE LAST SUPPER
The shorts jury was comprised of Chris Cargill (Ain't It Cool News), Brian Satterwhite (Ain't It Cool News) and Jay Knowles (Ain't It Cool News).
The Horror Jury was comprised of Peter Martin (Twitchfilm), Jay Slater (UK Journalist, Hot Dog/Film Threat), Chris Cargill (Ain't It Cool News) and Ed Neal (star, Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
The Fantastic Fest jury was comprised of Christian Hallman (Lund International Fantastic Film Festival), Wiley Wiggins (star, Dazed and Confused), and Scott Weinberg (Rotten Tomatoes).
Audience Award films were chosen by ballot from all 22 of the Horror and Fantastic competition films.