Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners. It has been an outstanding year for features and shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.

“We really gave our jury members a tough job this year. We have no idea how they were able to choose between so many amazing films,” Festival Director Lisa Dreyer said. “We are so appreciative to all our filmmakers for sharing their phenomenal films with our audience, and the Jurors’ choices truly embody the wild and wonderful cinematic excellence we love to champion at Fantastic Fest.”

“MAIN COMPETITION” FEATURES 

Best Picture: LA PIETÀ directed by Eduardo Casanova

Best Director: Ali Abassi for HOLY SPIDER

“NEXT WAVE” FEATURES 

Best Picture: THE FIVE DEVILS directed by Léa Mysius

Best Director: Thomas Hardiman for MEDUSA DELUXE

HORROR FEATURES

Best Picture: PIGGY directed by Carlota Pereda

Best Directors: Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero & Alejandro Brugués for SATANIC HISPANICS

SHORTS WITH LEGS

Best Picture: HUBBARDS directed by Kevin Ralston

Special Mention: ALEGRÍAS RIOJANAS directed by Velasco Broca

SHORT FUSE 

Best Picture: RINGWORMS directed by Will Lee

Special Mention: GNOMES directed by Ruwan Heggelman

FANTASTIC SHORTS

Best Picture: THE DIAMOND directed by Vedran Rupic

Special Mention to A MAN TREMBLES directed by Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen (Emoumie)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED

Best Picture: A GUITAR IN THE BUCKET directed by Boyoung Kim

Special Mention to HAPPY NEW YEAR, JIM directed by Andrea Gatopoulos

AUDIENCE AWARD

THE MENU directed by Mark Mylod

For more information on the films listed above, visit http://fantasticfest.com/films.

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