Uzumasa Limelight Wins Fantasia FIlm Festival

Ken Ochiai’s “Uzumasa Limelight,” pictured, took the Cheval Noir prize at the 18th annual Fantasia Intl. Film Festival in Montreal. Hugh Sullivan’s “The Infinite Man” was named best first film in the New Flesh Award competition while the Satoshi Kon prize for animation went to Mizuho Nishikubo’s “Giovanni’s Island.”

The festival, which ran July 17-Aug. 5,  screend more than 160 films in 216 theatrical presentations. The event received a record 129,000 attendees, up 30% from the 2013 festival.

Leo Gabriadze’s “Cybernatural,” Sarah Adina Smith’s “The Midnight Swim” and Bennett Jones’ “I Am a Knife with Legs” had world premiere screenings, while Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell”) and Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”) were presented with lifetime achievement awards. Other significant screenings include “Boyhood,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Welcome to New York,” “Han Gong-ju,” “Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno” and “Frank.”

The next edition is scheduled to for July 16-Aug. 4.

The full list of winners is below:

Cheval Noir Competition

Best Film: “Uzumasa Limelight” (Ken Ochiai)

Director: David Zellner (“Kumiko the Treasure Hunter”)

Screenplay: Billy Senese (“Closer to God”)

Actor: Seizo Fukumoto (“Uzumasa Limelight”)

Actress: Miyuki Oshima (“Fuku-chan of Fuku-fuku Flats”)

Special Mention of the Jury: “Cybernatural” (Leo Gabriadze) for technical and conceptual achievement.

New Flesh Award Competition

First Feature Film: “The Infinite Man” (Hugh Sullivan)

Special Mention of the Jury: “I Am a Knife with Legs” (Bennett Jones) for the audacity of its vision and a talent well worth discovering.

International Short Film Awards

Best Short Film: “Jiminy” (Arthur Molard)

Special Mention of the Jury: “How to Make a Nightmare”(Noah Aust) for its cinematic and psychological vision.

Satoshi Kon Prize for Excellence in Animation

Animated Feature: “Giovanni’s Island” (Mizuho Nishikubo)

Animated Short: “The Portrait Studio” and “Supervenus” (tie)

Special Mention of the Jury: “The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow” (Chang Hyung-yun) for its inventiveness and original story, and “The Looking Planet.”

Audience Award Winners

Asian Film
Gold: “Miss Granny” (Hwang Dong-hyuk)
Silver: “Han Gong-ju” (Lee Su-jin)
Bronze: “Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno” (Keishi Otomo)

International Film
Gold: “In Order of Disappearance (Hans Petter Moland)
Silver: “Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead” (Tommy Wirkola)
Bronze: “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” (Felix Herngren) and “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater) (tie)

Canadian Film: “Dys-“ (Maude Michaud)

Animated Film: “Giovanni’s Island” (Mizuho Nishikubo) and “Cheatin’” (Bill Plympton) (tie)

Documentary: “To be Takei” (Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber)

Guru Prize: “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” (Wong Ching-po)

Most Innovative Film : “Cybernatural” (Leo Gabriadze)

Short Film
Gold: “The Chaperone” (Fraser Munden and Neil Rathbone)
Silver: “Memorable Moi” (Jean-Francois Asselin)
Bronze: “Raging Balls of Steel Justice” (Mike Mort) and “Sea Devil” (Brett Potter and D.C. Marcial) (tie)

Frontieres Intl. Co-Production Market

2014 Frontieres Project Award: “Extraordinary” (Ailish Bracken and Kattie Holly, producers; Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, co-writers/directors)

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