“MIDNIGHT SWIM” leads Ithaca Fantastic Fest winners


The 2014 Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival closed out last night (with a sold-out showing of the hilarious WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS), and the awards spread the wealth between a number of notable movies.

ITHACAFEST14AWARDSNEWSThe festival jury (of which this writer was a member) gave its Best Film prize to Sarah Adina Smith’s evocative THE MIDNIGHT SWIM (pictured above; review). Best Director went to Till Kleinert for his strange and fascinating DER SAMURAI (review), while Best Screenplay was nabbed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s beautiful/bizarre love story SPRING. Best Short Film was awarded to Lee Cronin’s GHOST TRAIN, while a Special Jury Mention went to Jung Yeon-sik’s THE FIVES. The Audience Award was claimed by Bradley King (pictured at right with festival co-founder/artistic director Hugues Barbier) for the twisty, highly entertaining sci-fi thriller TIME LAPSE, which Fango has learned will see U.S. release next March. Congratulations to all the winners! See the festival’s website here.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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