After one of the highlights of my year, the news from Grimmfest keeps coming as the 2019 event award winners are announced.
Very much deserved, I was there to see filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska receive the Achievement in Horror award and they were of course, wonderfully impressed and giddy with enthusiasm and excitement when the award was handed to them. I then witnesses the ‘Twisted Twins’ spend near two hours meeting fans who lined up to meet them. I was then fortunate enough to be able to meet them at the end of what Im sure was a very long day for them and they were as amazing as I hoped and knew they would be. Im so impressed and proud of the hard work they do and with the energy they dish out to all those who wait to meet them.
With the Grimmfest Festival Jury’s votes all in, and the audience ballots all tallied up, Grimmfest have now revealed this year’s award-winners:
Horror Channel Achievement in Horror Award
JEN AND SYLVIA SOSKA (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, RABID)
Best Feature (Sponsored by M2 MediaPost)
WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!
With Special Mention for EXTRA ORDINARY
Best Director (Sponsored by M2 MediaPost)
KIRILL SOKOLOV, WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!
With Special Mention for ROB GRANT (HARPOON)
Best Screenplay (Sponsored by Final Draft and InkTip)
With Special Mention for A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE
Best Cinematography (Sponsored by One Bright Dot)
With Special Mention for WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!
Best Score (Sponsored by Grimmfest Films)
With Special Mention for TONE-DEAF
PETER LANZANI, 4×4
With Special Mention for MUNRO CHAMBERS (HARPOON)
MAEVE HIGGINS, EXTRA ORDINARY
With Special Mention for POPPY ROE (A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE)
Best SFX (Sponsored by Fangoria Magazine)
WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!
With Special Mentions for BLOOD VESSEL and THE WRETCHED
Best Kill (Sponsored by Dread Central)
With Special Mention for HARPOON
Best Scare (Sponsored by Rue Morgue magazine)
With Special Mention for BLOOD VESSEL
Best Short (Sponsored by Shudder)
With Special Mention for HOW TO BE ALONE and LOOM
Finally, as voted for by Grimmfest 2019 attendees:
The Audience Award (Sponsored by Shudder)
With Special Mentions for LITTLE MONSTERS and WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!
The Festival Jury Panel consisted of 6 carefully selected figures from the world of genre cinema:
⦁ Actress, producer and Grimmfest 2018 Lifetime Achievement award-winner Barbara Crampton
⦁ UK film critic Anton Bitel
⦁ UK producer Jennifer Handorf
⦁ UK film critic Nikki Baughan
⦁ US producer Amanda Presmyk at Fangoria
⦁ Canadian sales agent James Fler at Raven Banner
Grimmfest is even more delighted to announce that the creators of WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!, who won both the BEST FEATURE and BEST DIRECTOR awards, will be awarded £80,000 worth of post-production services courtesy of Festival Award Sponsor, M2 MediaPost, which can be used as finance against a future film production.
WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! is a blackly comic and brutal Russian crime drama that was one of the big talking points at Grimmfest 2019. With favourable comparisons to Tarantino and the Coen Brothers at their most noirish, it marks a truly dazzling feature film debut for writer-director KIRILL SOKOLOV. The film will be released by Arrow Films, under the Arrow Video label, in the UK, US and Canada in March 2020.
Kirill Sokolov said, “I’m absolutely happy! It is so important for a young filmmaker to get rewards for your work. The best inspiration for the next steps. Huge thanks to GRIMMFEST! I’ll do my best!”
This year, Grimmfest also launched their very first BEST WORK-IN-PROGRESS award, which was judged by the festival team. This year’s winner is KARLI by directors Paul Gerrard and Mike Clarke, who will receive £20,000 worth of post-production funding courtesy of M2 MediaPost, plus an offer of international sales representation from Film Seekers and a year’s subscription to Screen International magazine.
Michael Laundon of M2 MediaPost said, “M2 MediaPost is honoured to sponsor both BEST FEATURE and BEST DIRECTOR for this year’s Grimmfest and it’s great to see KIRILL SOKOLOV’s amazing kinetic and stylish Russian thriller picking up both awards. We are looking forward to working with him on a future project and excited to also sponsor the new WORK IN PROGRESS award of which Paul and Mike’s new project, KARLI, is a worthy recipient.”
Grimmfest 2020 will take place in early October in Manchester UK. Film submissions will open December 2019 via FilmFreeway. More information about the festival can be found at http://www.grimmfest.com