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“HISTORY OF THE OCCULT,” “THE STYLIST” and more take awards at Fantaspoa festival

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Winners have been announced from the 17th edition of Latin America’s largest genre fest.

The recently concluded Fantaspoa festival, based in Porto Alegre, Brazil and run virtually for the second time this year due to the pandemic, hosted 57 features and 103 shorts from 40 countries. Out of all these films, here are the ones that grabbed awards:

International Competition
Best Actor: Numan Acar (IN THE SHADOWS)
Best Actress: Najarra Townsend (THE STYLIST)
Best Digital Special Effects: Christopher Alender and Nick Lively (THE OLD WAYS, pictured)
Best Art Direction: Alessandro Marvelli (THIS GAME’S CALLED MURDER)
Best Screenplay: Roberto de Feo, Lucio Besana and Margherita Ferri (THE NEST)
Best Direction: Junta Yamaguchi (BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES)
Best Film: JUMBO, d. Zoé Wittock
Honorable Mentions:
Best Pus Bath: CIST, d. Tyler Russel
Best Carnage: BENNY LOVES YOU, d. Karl Holt
Best Use of Cinematography for Narrative Intention: DANCING MARY, d. SABU

Ibero-American Competition
Best Actor: Pepe Soriano (NOCTURNA: SIDE A–THE GREAT OLD MAN’S NIGHT)
Best Actress: Marilú Marini (NOCTURNA: SIDE A–THE GREAT OLD MAN’S NIGHT)
Best Screenplay: Cristian Ponce (HISTORY OF THE OCCULT)
Best Direction: Rodrigo Aragão (THE CEMETERY OF THE LOST SOULS)
Best Feature: HISTORY OF THE OCCULT, d. Cristian Ponce
Honorable Mention: THE RETURNED
“For the way in which it portrays the characters and themes of the female universe in fantastic cinema, and for the aesthetic construction of its images.”

Short Film Competition
Best Brazilian Short: THE FERRY, d. Nilton Resende
Best International Animated Short: GENIUS LOCI, d. Adrien Mérigeau
Best International Live-Action Short: FIGURANT, d. Jan Vejnar

Animated Feature Competition
Best Film: FRANK & ZED, d. Jesse Blanchard
Honorable Mention: THE NOSE OR THE CONSPIRACY OF MAVERICKS
“For its complexity and masterful animation.”

Audience Awards
Best Brazilian Short: AZULSCURO, d. Evandro Caixeta and João Gilberto
Best International Animated Short: UN COEUR D’OR, d. Simon Fillot
Best International Live Action Short: MOMENT, d. Geoffrey Uloth
Best Feature: BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES, d. Junta Yamaguchi

You can watch the complete ceremony below:

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.