Fantasia International Film Festival, now in its third week, is proud to announce the award winners of its 23rd edition. The winners were chosen through the deliberation of a jury assigned to each competition.

 CHEVAL NOIR AWARD – Feature Films

The jury, presided over by Annick Mahnert (producer and festival programmer, Fantastic Fest and Sitges Film Festival), and comprised of Shaked Berenson (producer, IFTA board member), Amy Darling (producer and festival organizer, Calgary Underground Film Festival), Miles Finberg (Director of acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films) and Maurizio Guarini (composer), awarded the following prizes:

Best Film : Lee Su-jin’s IDOL

“From start to finish IDOL is an incredibly well-made film. We were struck by the great screenplay, performances and directing,” stated the jury.

Best Director : Carlo Mirabella-Davis for SWALLOW

Best Screenplay : Carlo Mirabella-Davis for SWALLOW

Best Actor : Han Seok-kyu & Sul Kyung-gu for IDOL

Best Actress : Nina Medeiros for FATHER’S SHADOW

Special Mention : Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s FATHER’S SHADOW

 NEW FLESH AWARD – Debut Films

The jury, presided over by Onur Tukel (director, screenwriter, actor, painter), and comprised of Jonathan Barkan (Editor-in-chief, Dread Central), Ariel Fisher (writer, editor, podcaster), Susan Curran (COO, A71 Entertainment) and Kyle Greenberg (Director of theatrical marketing and distribution, Gunpowder & Sky), awarded the following prizes:

Best First Feature : Kirill Sokolov’s WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!

Special Mention : Yi Ok-seop’MAGGIE

Special Mention :Kim Yoon-seok’s ANOTHER CHILD


The jury, presided over by Frederic Temps (musician, critic, founder of L’ trange festival and festival director ofLes utopiales) and comprised of Kerensa Cadenas (writer and film editor at Entertainment Weekly), Chelsea Lupkin (director, cinematographer, producer, senior programmer and writer at Short Of The Week) and Justin Timms (co-founder of Yellow Veil Pictures and co-festival director, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and North Bend Film Festival) awarded the following prizes:

Best Short Film : Erica Scoggins’ THE BOOGEYWOMAN

Best Director : Nico Van den Brink’s THE BURDEN

Best Screenplay : Kit Zauhar’s THE TERRESTRIALS

Best Actor : Alexis Lefebvre in UNE BOMBE AU COEUR

Best Actress : Stephane Caillard in LUCIENNE EATS A CAR

Special Mention : Joshua Giuliano’s IN SOUND, WE LIVE FOREVER


The jury, presided over by Diana Tapia Munguia (production assistant, Cinesite Studios; marketing and PR chair,Women in Animation Montreal)and comprised of Alaska B (drummer and leader, Yamantaka and Sonic Titan) and Julien Deragon (3D animator, RodeoFX) awarded the following prizes:

Best Animated Feature : Masaaki Yuasa’s RIDE YOUR WAVE

Special Mention : Fuminori Kizaki’s HUMAN LOST

Best Animated Short Film : Kim Myung-eun’s THE FIRST CLASS

Special Mention : Neil Christopher and Daniel Gies’ GIANT BEAR


The jury, comprised of Andrew Todd (writer, filmmaker, composer), Donato Totaro (editor-in-chief, Offscreen) and Elijah Baron (film critic and translator, 24 Images) awarded the AQCC-Camera Lucida Award to Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA. Special mention to director NAO YOSHIGAI.


The jury, comprised of Jean-Philippe Bernier (cinematographer and composer), Andy B langer (comic artist and illustrator) and JF Lachapelle (stuntman and stunt coordinator), awarded the ACTION! Prize to Kan Eguchi’s THE FABLE. Special mention to Yuen Woo-Ping’s MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY.


The jury, presided over by rik Canuel (director), RKSS – Yoann Whissell and Fran ois Simard (writers and directors) and Martin Girard (screenwriter) awarded the following prizes:

Best VR – Fiction: Jacob Wasserman, Nicolas Pesce and Adam Donald’s THE CARETAKER

Best VR – Documentary: Leela Gilday’s HEART OF THE SATHU

Special Mention – Best Immersive Nightmare: Souichi Umezawa’s THE REALM BELOW

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