And… It’s a WRAP!
With a total of 44 films screened, an art exhibit, 3 days of music and a focus on video games, the Ithaca Int’l Fantastic Film Festival finally became the multicultural event we envisioned in year 1! To better reflect this transition, the IIFFF is renamed IF- Ithaca Fantastik– We continue working to make IF 5 bigger and better in 2016!
As every year, the fantastic film competition of 9 international films, is one the highlight of our film program. Our fantastic jury as well as you, our audience, had spoken!After deliberation the jury decided to attribute the award for best film to the highly visceral THE SURVIVALIST (Stephen Fingleton, UK), the award for best director went to Nikias Chryssos for his genially shot and absurd piece of social commentary, DER BUNKER (Germnany). The award for best screenplay went to Andres Thomas Jensen for the really fresh, but twisted, family tale MEN & CHICKEN. The jury also awarded a special mention for Best director to Mickey Keating for his achievement on DARLING (US).
The audience award for best feature film was attributed to the intertwined live action and animation, genuinely touching and funny story ZOOM (Pedro Morelli). Best short film went to the astonishing puppet work, leading a riveting dark tale- Kevin McTurk’s THE MILL AT CALDER’S END.
Jury award for best film:
The Survivalist, Stephen Fingleton (United Kingdom)
Jury award for best director:
Nikias Chryssos, Der Bunker (Germany)
Special mention of the Jury for Mickey Keating, Darling (US)
Jury award for best screenplay:
Andres Thomas Jensen, Men & Chicken
Audience award for best feature film:
Zoom, Pedro Morelli
Audience award for best short film:
The Mill at Calder’s End– Kevin McTurk
Stay tuned for 2016 first Ithaca Fantastik announcement in March!