The 2023 edition of Austin’s beloved genre festival, Fantastic Fest, began on Thursday, September 21. TVR’s Laurie Coker, Liz Lopez and yours truly have been in attendance from the beginning. All three of us have partaken from the variety of cinematic offerings in the genres of horror, science-fiction, action, and international movies programmed by the people who know what genre cinema films can please the fans. We at TVR have already posted some of our reviews, and have many more on the way. In the meantime, the jurors and the general audiences have spoken as to what they deem are the best that this year’s festival has had to offer so far. Here are the winners of the jury and audience awards from 2023’s Fantastic Fest.
|MAIN COMPETITION” FEATURES |
Best Picture: PROPERTY, directed by Daniel Bandeire
Best Director: Robert Morgan – STOPMOTION
Honorable Mention: ANIMALIA, directed by Sofia Alaoui
“NEXT WAVE” FEATURES
Best Picture: SRI ASIH, directed by Upi Avianto
Best Directors: David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić – THE UNCLE
Honorable Mention: UFO SWEDEN, directed by Victor Danell
Best Picture: INFESTED, directed by Sébastien Vaniček
Best Director: Sébastien Vaniček – INFESTED
SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture: Mop, directed by Joon Goh
Honorable Mention: VHS Tape Replaced, directed by Maha Al-Saati
SHORT FUSE Best Picture: Reds, directed by Tom Espinoza
Honorable Mention: The Third Ear, directed by Nathan Ginter
Best Picture: Sweet Juices, directed by Will Suen & Sejon Im
Honorable Mention: Fostering, directed by Andrei Kashpersky
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
Best Picture: Shackle, directed by Ainslie Henderson
Honorable Mention: He Ran Alongside His Comrade, directed by Genís Rigol Alzola
I’LL CRUSH Y’ALL, directed by Kike Narcea
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