Grab a Beer and Chug, It’s The Fantastic Fest 2010 Awards!

This evening, in a ceremony held at the world famous Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, TX and emceed by Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League (a very pink-haired Tim League, to be exact), the winners of the Fantastic Fest 2010 jury and audience awards were announced. According to the official press release, the juries were “comprised of some of the most esteemed filmmakers, critics, festival directors and show biz people in the industry. Their thoughtful deliberations provided the following acknowledgments of cinematic excellence in all things Fantastic.”

One of these juries included yours truly, so esteemed might be a stretch. At least for me. Everyone else was quite esteemed. Alas, check out the award winners after the jump.

The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year. AMD and Dell are the presenters of prestigious “Next Wave” Awards, which honor emerging filmmakers.


Bedevilled (Jang Cheol-so)

Runners Up: Golden Slumber, Rubber, Ip Man 2


Best Picture: We Are What We Are

Best Director: Thomas Cappelen Malling (Norwegian Ninja)

Best Screenplay: Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are)

Best Actor: Mads Ousdal (Norwegian Ninja)

Best Actress: Ji Sung-won (Bedevilled)


Best Picture: Kidnapped

Best Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped)

Best Screenplay: Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die)

Best Actor: A J Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die)

Best Actress: Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die)


Best Picture: Sound of Noise

Best Director: Pablo Trapero (Carancho)

Best Screenplay: Shion Sono and Yoshiki Takahashi (Cold Fish)

Best Actor: Stellan Skarsgård (Somewhat Gentle Man)

Best Actress: Martina Gusman (Carancho)


Best Horror Short: Legend of Beaver Dam (Jerome Sable)

Honorable Mention – Best Potential: Deus Irae (Pedro Cristiani)


Best Fantastic Short: Sorry…I Love You (Leticia Dolera)


Best Animated Short: Teclópolis (Javier Mrad)

For those wondering, I served on the “Fantastic Shorts” jury, an honor that was incredibly humbling and a great deal of fun. For more on who sat upon this year’s juries, check out the bios on the official Fantastic Fest site. For more of our own heart-stopping coverage of Fantastic Fest 2010, click the fancy “Death Squad” banner below.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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