The Montreal-based Fantasia Film Festival ends today after welcoming 90,000 fans with 40% of its 195 screenings sold out since the event started July 9.
The 13th edition of the genre film festival gave its jury prize for best feature to Yang Ik-june’s Breathless and the jury prize for best first feature went to Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’. David Russo won best director for The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle.
The Écran Fantastique award went to Tetsuya Nakashima’s Paco And The Magic Book. The film gets a four-page article and free publicity for the film when it opens in French cinemas.
Actor Eli Roth hosted the festival’s closing screening of Inglourious Basterds. Other festival highlights included a celebration of 100 years of Hong Kong Cinema, Sasha Grey attending a midnight screening of Lee Demarbre’s Smash Cut, and the Lifetime Achievement AWard presented to Jose Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe).
Screenings included Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, Jean Mach’s 8th Wonderland, and Sion Sono’s Love Exposure.
Also, Cine-Asia Creatives acquired rights to Breathless during the festival.
For the full list of winners, visit www.fantasiafestival.com.