19th edition of Fantasia concludes with top honors going to Sion Sono

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After 23 unbelievable, uninterrupted days of screenings, today marks the Closing Night of the 19th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival. There is always a sadness lingering in the air on the last day. I often compare it to the feeling you get as a kid on the final day of summer camp. You get to spend an entire month with a group of friends from around the world knowing you might not have the opportunity to see some of these people again for an entire year. Known worldwide as North America’s longest-running genre film festival, Fantasia is special because of the people who not only make it happen but also for those of us who choose to spend the beautiful hot summer days crowded inside a gloomy theatre to watch movies we might not have the chance to see otherwise. And for the sixth consecutive year, the event succeeded in attracting more than 100,000 spectators to gather together and chronicle their hopeless, unapologetic addiction and love of genre cinema. After 195 indoor screenings, three outdoor screenings, eight virtual reality films, numerous special events, 917 international guests, and over 100 international journalists, Fantasia has announced the award winners … and here it is…


Sion Sono Tag


The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the names of the winners of its awards at its 19th edition. The prizes were awarded by the juries of each category.


The jury, presided over by Andrew Frank (VP of Sales and Acquisitions, Mongrel Media) and composed of Roxanne Benjamin (filmmaker), François Létourneau (writer and actor), Ian Rattray (co-founder, Film4 Frightfest), and Ryan Turek (director of development, Blumhouse Productions), awarded the following prizes:

Cheval Noir Award for Best Film: TAG by Sion Sono

Award for Best Director: Malik Bader for CASH ONLY

Award for Best Screenplay: Tomoe Kanno for LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM

Award for Best Actor (unanimous): Subaru Shibutani for LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM

Award for Best Actress (unanimous): Reina Triendl for TAG

Special Mention for Sion Sono’s TAG for its creative, surprising, and monumental opening kill sequence.



The jury, presided over by Patrick Ewald (CEO, Epic Pictures) and composed of Dave Alexander (Editor-in-Chief, Rue Morgue Magazine), Jimmy Beaulieu (comic artist), and Emico Kawai (Producer and International Sales, Nikkatsu Corporation), awarded the following prizes:

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature Film: CRUMBS by Miguel Llanso

A Special Mention awarded to THE BLUE HOUR by Anucha Boonyawatana, for the artist’s courage and vision.



The jury, presided over by John McNaughton (filmmaker) and composed of Matthew Hays (journalist) and Francesco Simeoni (Film preservationist, director of Arrow Video), awarded the following prizes:

Award for Best International Short Film: MAURICE by François Jaros

A Special Mention awarded to LA SÉANCE by Edouard de La Poëze, for its atmosphere, décor, and wardrobe.



The jury, presided over by Benoit Godbout (filmmaker and artistic director) and composed of Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (filmmaker) and Johanne Ste-Marie (filmmaker), awarded the following prizes:

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature Film: MISS HOKUSAI by Keiichi Hara

A Special Mention awarded to POSSESSED by Sam, for its playful homage to horror cinema

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short Film: MISSING ONE PLAYER by Lei Lei

A Special Mention awarded to GHOST CELL by Antoine Delacharlery, for its technical and visual excellence.

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Family Short Film: UNE HISTOIRE D’OURS by Gabriel Osorio

A Special Mention awarded to LA MOUFLE by Clémentine Robach, for the charm and beauty of its animation and story.

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The Winner of Spectacular Optical’s 2015 Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature or Co-Production is Larry Kent’s SHE WHO MUST BURN. Whether with words or imagery, Larry’s films have always been ferocious and critically engaged with the culture he creates them in. The award is accompanied by a $1000 prize, thanks to The Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.


The jury, composed of Céline Gobert, André Lavoie et Jean-Marie Lanlo, awarded the Prix AQCC to BRIDGEND by Jeppe Ronde.


The jury, composed of Pascal Grenier, Maxime Labrecque and Mathieu Séguin-Tétreault, awarded the Prix Séquences to MISS HOKUSAI by Keiichi Hara, with a Special Mention for THE BLUE HOUR by Anucha Boonyawatana.


The Prix L’Écran fantastique, judged by Yves Rivard, was awarded to SYNCHRONICITY by Jacob Gentry.



Best Asian Feature:

Gold Prize – LOVE & PEACE by Sion Sono

Silver Prize – Poison Berry/ A Hard Day (TIE)

Bronze Prize – Robbery

Best European, North or South American Feature:

Gold Prize – THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE by David Ruhm

Silver Prize – Marshland

Bronze Prize – Børning / Turbo Kid / Shamer’s Daughter (THREE-WAY TIE)


Best Canadian or Quebec Feature:

Gold Prize – TURBO KID by Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell

Silver Prize – Bite / Demolisher (TIE)

Bronze Prize – Limoilou

Best Animated Feature:

Gold Prize – MISS HOKUSAI by Keiichi Hara

Silver Prize – Possessed

Bronze Prize – The Case of Hanna and Alice

Best Documentary:

I AM THOR by Ryan Wise

Guru Prize for Best Action Feature:

BIG MATCH by Choi Ho

AddikTV Prize for Best Thriller or Suspense Film:

MARSHLAND by Alberto Rodriguez

Most Innovative Short or Feature:

THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE by Perry Blackshear

Best Short Film:

Gold Prize – GOLD FISH by Michael Konyves

Silver Prize – Fools Day

Bronze Prize – Iris

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