“SURVIVALIST,” “DARLING” and more nab Ithaca Fantastic Fest awardsMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
The 2015 Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend, and amidst the many and varied features screened, the awards wealth was spread among a group of deserving winners.
The IIFFF jury bestowed its Best Film prize on Stephen Fingleton’s bleak postapocalyptic thriller THE SURVIVALIST (pictured above), with a Special Achievement award going to Mickey Keating’s disturbing psychological character study DARLING (review). Best Director went to Nikias Chryssos and Best Screenplay to Anders Thomas Jensen for a pair of truly strange family sagas, DER BUNKER and MEN & CHICKEN respectively. In the Audience Award category, Pedro Morelli’s live-action/animation combo ZOOM took Best Feature, while Best Short Film was Kevin McTurk’s THE MILL AT CALDER’S END. Congratulations to all the winners!
Other highlights of the IIFFF (screened out of competition) were Karyn Kusama’s terrifying THE INVITATION (review), Joe Begos’ splatterific sci-fi/horror homage THE MIND’S EYE (review), a pair of accomplished New York indies, THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (review) and H., and the documentary I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS (about artist/FX creator Chet Zar), among others. For more on the festival, head over to its official website.