“MIDNIGHT SWIM” leads Ithaca Fantastic Fest winnersMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
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.
The 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.