Fantastic Cinema Wraps, Winners, and New Name for 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT: Tony Taylor, Executive Dir.

March 9, 2015                                                                 Tony@filmsocietylr.com

 

Fantastic Cinema Wraps, Winners, and New Name for 2016

 

LITTLE ROCK - Over four days (March 11 - 14, 2015), the Film Society of Little Rock presented the inaugural year of Fantastic Cinema, showcasing some of the best independent genre films from around the world at The Studio Theatre (320 W. 7th St, Little Rock, AR 72201).

During those four days audiences watched 31 films from 18 different countries which included 1 World Premiere (Shiner), 5 North American Premieres (Children’s Show, Phoenix, Selkie, Tanatopraxia, & The Substitute) and 10 Regional Premieres.

While the audiences were watching the films, a team of judges from various parts of the United States were also watching. Serving on the Grand Jury were Jonathan & Michael Cuartas, Joel Froome, Sarah Jones, Andrew & Matthew McMurry, and Justin Robinson.

Here is a complete list of the festival winners:

GRAND JURY AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM: The Man in the Orange Jacket
Jury Notes: "A strong script coupled with fantastic cinematography. A brilliant descent into madness."

SPECIAL JURY AWARD FEATURE FILM: CUB
Jury Notes: "Finally a slasher film that actually tries. Cub brings a fresh voice to the genre."

SPECIAL JURY AWARD FEATURE FILM: Children's Show
Jury Notes: "I'm amazed at the performances the director got from such a young cast. These are characters you actually care about and that makes their journey so compelling and hard to watch."

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM:  The Substitute 
Jury Notes: "Brilliantly haunting with sleek direction and compelling performances. The tone of the film was extremely powerful, hitting a note not many do."

SPECIAL JURY AWARD SHORT FILM: Sleeping Death (La Muerte Dormida) 
Jury Notes: "Beautifully heartbreaking, the director deserves props for getting those performances out of such young actors."

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST DIRECTING (FEATURE): Aik Karapetian (The Man in the Orange)
GRAND JURY AWARD BEST DIRECTING (SHORT): (tie) Nathan Hughes-Berry (The Substitute) AND David Casademunt (Sleeping Death)

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST SCREENPLAY (FEATURE): Ralston Jover (Children's Show)
GRAND JURY AWARD BEST SCREENPLAY (SHORT): Madeleine Sims-Fewer (The Substitute)

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (FEATURE): Oliver Kember (Dog) 
GRAND JURY AWARD BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT): Konstantin Freyer (Phoenix)

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST EDITING (FEATURE): Maarten Janssens (CUB) 
GRAND JURY AWARD BEST EDITING (SHORT): Sasha Dylan Bell (Emo: The Musical)

AUDIENCE AWARD (Feature): Fantasticherie Di Un Passeggiatore Solitario
AUDIENCE AWARD (Short): Artichokes Piranha from the Prehistoric Abyss (Alcachofas Piraña Del Abismo Prehistórico)

FANTASTIC CINEMA AWARD FOR BEST LOW BUDGET FEATURE FILM (UNDER $100,000): 54 Days

FILM SOCIETY OF LITTLE ROCK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AWARD: FANTASTIC CINEMA EMERGING FILMMAKER: Roderick Cabrido (Children’s Show)

"I was really impressed at the excellent selection of films.  These are movies that you won't normally get to see in Arkansas. Picking the best film out of all of them was not an easy process," said coordinating judge Sarah Jones.

FSLR Executive Director and Fantastic Cinema Programmer Tony Taylor remarked, “All the judges took their job very seriously, operating free from any influence of the festival programmers in order to keep the scoring process as independent and impartial as possible.  I am very pleased and could not have asked for anything more.”

“We are also very thankful to The Studio Theatre for hosting the screenings. It was gratifying to hear several members of the audience remark what a great venue the theatre is for screening films. The Film Society plans to continue screening films at the venue throughout the year with the FSLR Monthly Short Film Series and ASIAN MOVIE MADNESS! beginning in April, the Kaleidoscope Film Festival (July 30 – August 2, 2015), and FlipBook Animated Film Festival (November 2015).”

According to Taylor, “Planning has already begun for Fantastic Cinema to return even bigger and better in March 2016 and with a slight twist and new name that we think our audience will enjoy, FANTASTIC CINEMA AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL! More details and dates will be announced later in the year.”

For 2015, Film Society of Little Rock was thrilled to be partnering with several local businesses to bring Fantastic Cinema to Little Rock, including The Studio Theatre, Agency 501, Lost Forty Brewery, Big Orange, Local Lime, ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co., Allegra - Marketing • Print • Mail and Digital Dojo. 

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