FanTasia Film Festival Winners Announced!

This years Fantasia International Genre Film Festival has finally come to a close in Montreal, Canada and today we’ve received a list of the big winners! Inside you’ll find a list and a small announcement about next year- hope to see you all there! If you missed our coverage from this year, you can read it all by clicking here, if you attend next year, please keep B-D in mind and submit some reviews!
Montreal, July 25th 2005 – This year, more than 75 000 viewers, mostly in between 18 and 34 years old, attended one or many of the events of this 9th edition of the Fantasia International Genre Film Festival. Taking into account that this year the event was concentrated into 19 days (compared to 25 days last year), the organizers conclude that there was proportionally more tickets sold this year, with a record-breaking number of sold-out screenings and a 18% increase in attendance from last year.

This popular success will have been reached thanks to the exceptional support from Vision Globale (owner and main sponsor of the event), from our numerous sponsors and partners of the event (the Admission Network, Archambault, Belle Gueule, Ben & Jerry’s, Burger King, Canoë, CJLO, the Sir Winston Churchill Complex, Drive In Classics, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office Canada, Kodak Motion Picture Film, Magra Multimedia, Musique Plus, Pepsi Canada, Space Channel, Viacom and Ztélé), as well as from a $25 000 subsidy from the Ministère des affaires municipales et des régions, in the scope of the Fonds de développement de la métropole.

The organizers of the festival hope that other federal, provincial or municipal ministries and agencies will also recognize the critical and popular importance of the festival, the quality of the work of the organizers in promoting the festival in Canada and Internationally, which yields important economic and touristic returns for our city, as well as the contribution of the festival on the cultural, economic and social fronts, notably by promoting various intercultural rapprochements.

The official jury of the Fantasia Festival was presided by Érik Canuel, director of many Quebecois genre films, and composed of Daniel Andréani (Diesel Agency), Nabi-Alexandre Chartier (Musique Plus), Pierre Dalpé (Partners Montréal), Michèle Grondin (Radar Films) and Patrick Masbourian (Ztélé and TQS), who present their list of laureates to the public.

Official award list of the 9th edition of the Fantasia International Genre Film Festival:

Best film:
Mind Game (Japan, Yuasa Masaaki)

Best director: Ex aequo
Gen Sekiguchi – Survive Style 5 + (Japan)
Yuasa Masaaki – Mind Game (Japan)

Best script:
Yuasa Masaaki – Mind Game (Japan)
Best cinematography:
Kosuke Matushima -The Taste of Tea (Japan)

Best actor:
Choi Min-sik – Crying Fist (South Korea)

Best actress:
Kate Greenhouse – Dark Hours (Canada)

Special Award – Visual Accomplishment:
Yuasa Masaaki – Mind Game (Japan)

Séquences Award – 50th anniversary

On its 50th anniversary, Séquences associates itself with the team of the Fantasia International Genre Film Festival by creating the Séquences Award for the best film amongst the Asian selections. Mr. Élie Castiel, editor-in-chief of Séquences, was the president of the jury for this prize. The journalists Luc Chaput and Alain Vézina were the members of this jury.

Best Asian Film
Shutter
(Thailand, Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom.)

Even if this film takes back many graphic elements of the Asian horror cinema new wave, its telling manages to captivate with a progressive intrusion of the supernatural in the characters’ universe. This film proposes that horror buffs should now look towards Thailand, instead of Japan, to satisfy their need to get goosebumps.

Special Mention
One Nite in Monkong
(Hong Kong, Derek Yee)

An intimist thriller which lingers on the humanity of its characters, instead of on the stylized violence. A fascinating path for the Hong Kong cinema to follow in these coming years.

Special Mention – Guilty Pleasure
Godzilla: Final Wars
(Japon, Ryuhei Kitamura)

A totally crazy, riotous, great film, with no time out, that doesn’t care about being intelligent, whilst still taking itself seriously. This film is a visual and sonorous orgy, that seduced the jury with its innocence, something that is essential, but that is growing rare in cinema.
The L’Écran Fantastique Award – Fantasia 2005

In the 9th edition of Fantasia International Genre Film Festival, the L’Écran Fantastique Award is awarded to the Japanese film Survive Style 5+, from the director Gen Sekiguchi, screenplay by Taku Tada. With its eccentric scenes and an inventive storyline, which wonderfully mix pure fantasy, freaky comedy and subversive surrealism, this film is a cinematic gem. The L’Écran Fantastique Award also recognizes the incredible performances by actors Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the killer), Hiroshi Abe (Godzilla 2000), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, bientôt X-Men 3) et Yoshi Yoshi Arakawa (Ping Pong), all amazing in their crazy roles.

The L’Écran Fantastique Award acknowledges fantasy, horror or science-fiction feature films produced in 2004 or 2005 and presented during the Fantasia Festival. The prize is comprised of a 6 color-pages article in the coming edition of the magazine, along with a free full-page publicity when the film is released in theatres or on video in France. L’Écran Fantastique, which has existed for more than 35 years, has a monthly print run of 98,000 copies and is distributed in the following territories: France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Canada (Quebec), Morocco and Germany. Its head office is in Paris, the editor-in-chief is Alain Schlockoff and its Canada correspondant is Yves Rivard. L’Écran Fantastique differentiates itself with its high standards in editing and its high-quality visual presentation.

Every year, the members of Fantasia’s audience are asked to express themselves on their favorite films of the edition’s programming. Here are the winners of the Fantasia People’s Choice Awards 2005:

Best Asian Film
Gold Fantasia: Ex aequo
Survive Style 5 + (Gen Sekiguchi, Japan, 2004)
Taste of Tea (Katsuhito Ishii, Japan, 2004)
Silver Fantasia:
Crying Fist (Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korea, 2005)

Bronze Fantasia: Ex aequo
Arahan (Ryoo Seung-wan, South Ko, 2004)
Godzilla – Final Wars (Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan 2005)

Best European / North-South American Film
Gold Fantasia: Ex aequo
El Lobo (Miguel Courtois, Spain, 2005)
Trouble (Harry Cleven, Belgium/France, 2004)
Silver Fantasia:
Devil’s Rejects (Rob Zombie, U.S., 2005)
Bronze Fantasia:
Night of the Living Dorks (Matthias Dinter, Germany, 2004)

Best Animation Film
Gold Fantasia:
Mind Game (Yuasa Masaaki, Japan, 2004)
Silver Fantasia:
A Place Promised in Our Early Days (Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2005)
Bronze Fantasia:
Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (John Roecker, U.S., 2004)

Most Groundbreaking Film
Gold Fantasia:
Survive Style 5 + (Gen Sekiguchi, Japan, 2004)
Silver Fantasia:
Mind Game (Yuasa Masaaki, Japan, 2004)
Bronze Fantasia:
Taste of Tea (Katsuhito Ishii, Japan, 2004)

Best Short Film
Gold Fantasia:
Kakurenbo (Shuhei Morita, Japan, 2005)
Silver Fantasia:
Flat Life (Jonas Geirnaert, Belgium, 2004)
Bronze Fantasia:
Redrat: La Rata Retobada (Guillermo Kloetzer, Uruguay, 2004 )

The Fantasia Festival will return to Concordia University to celebrate its 10th anniversary from July 6 to 24, 2006.

Source: Official Website