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“THE MORTUARY COLLECTION,” “THE OAK ROOM” and “SLAXX” are among Fantasia 2020’s Audience Award winners!

Friday, September 4, 2020 | Fantasia International Film Festival, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The just-concluded Fantasia International Film Festival showcased over 100 features in its first-ever virtual edition; there was a lot of great stuff, and the viewers’ choices for the very best have been revealed.

Fantasia just announced the winners of its Audience Awards in multiple categories. The full lineup:

BEST ASIAN FEATURE
Gold: SPECIAL ACTORS (Japan, Dir: Shinichiro Ueda)
Silver: I WEIRDO (Taiwan, Dir: Liao Ming-Yi)
Bronze: BRING ME HOME (South Korea, Dir: Kim Seung-woo)

BEST EUROPEAN/NORTH-SOUTH AMERICAN FEATURE
Gold: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (pictured; U.S., Dir: Ryan Spindell) Review
Silver: THE COLUMNIST (Netherlands, Dir: Ivo Van Aart) Review
Bronze: THE DARK AND THE WICKED (U.S., Dir: Bryan Bertino) Review

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE
Gold: Tie–THE OAK ROOM (Dir: Cody Calahan) Review and SLAXX (Dir: Elza Kephart)
Silver: COME TRUE (Dir: Anthony Scott Burns)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Gold: FEELS GOOD MAN (U.S., Dir: Arthur Jones)
Silver: CLASS ACTION PARK (U.S., Dirs: Seth Porges, Chris Charles Scott)
Bronze: HAIL TO THE DEADITES (Canada, Dir: Steve Villeneuve)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Gold: HOMO ERECTATTOOS (South Korea, Dir: Kim Tae-woo)
Silver: THE OLD MAN MOVIE (Estonia, Dirs: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi)
Bronze: GON, THE LITTLE FOX (Japan, Dir: Takeshi Yashiro)

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
Gold: DEAD BIRDS (UK, Dir: Johnny Kenton)
Silver: DOWNS OF THE DEAD (Norway, Dir: Even Husby Grødahl)
Bronze: ABRACITOS (Spain, Dir: Tony Morales)

BEST CANADIAN SHORT
Gold: DON’T TEXT BACK (Dirs: Kaye Adelaide, Mariel Sharp)
Silver: NIGHT SHIFTS (Dir: Finn Wolfhard)
Bronze: REGRET (Dir: Santiago Menghini)

MOST GROUNDBREAKING FILM OF THE FESTIVAL
COME TRUE (Canada, Dir: Anthony Scott Burns)

We’ll be running more reviews of Fantasia-featured films in the coming days!​

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.