Fantastic Fest 2011 has been another success, and to cap off the event, the winners of the Fantastic Fest Awards have been announced! They are as follows:

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke and Ritter)
“A Boy And His Samurai” (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
Runners Up: “You’re Next,” “Juan Of The Dead”

AMD AND DELL “NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Best Picture – “Bullhead”
Best Director – Michael R. Roskam (“Bullhead”)
Best Screenplay – Josh MacDonald (“The Corridor”)
Best Actor – Matthias Schoenaerts (“Bullhead”)
Best Actress – Jessica Cole (“Aardvark”)
Special Jury Award for Boldness Of Vision: “Beyond The Black Rainbow”

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture – “You’re Next”
Best Director – Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”)
Best Screenplay – Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”)
Best Actor – Sean Harris (“A Lonely Place To Die”)
Best Actress – Sharni Vinson (“You’re Next”)

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture – “Milocrorze: A Love Story”
Best Director – Noboru Iguchi (“Karate Robo Zaborgar”)
Best Screenplay – Olafur Egilsson, Grimur Haonarson (“Summerland”)
Best Actor – Julián Villagrán (“Extraterrestrial”)
Best Actress – Sawa Masaki (“Underwater Love”)

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture – “Clown”
Best Director – Steffen Haars, Flip Van Der Kuil (“New Kids Turbo”)
Best Screenplay – Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam (“Clown”)

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: “How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You” (Nadia Litz)
Runner-up: “The Unliving” (Hugo Lilj)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects and General Badassery: “Brutal Relax” (David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá, Adrián Cardona)

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Fantastic Short: “Decapoda Shock” (Javier Chillón)
Runner-up: “All Men Are Called Robert” (Marc-Henri Boulier)
Special Jury Mention for Acting: Robert Picardo (“The Candidate”)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Best Animated Short: “Last Norwegian Troll” (Pjotr Sapegin)
Runner-up: “Lazarov” (NIETOV)

Fantastic Fest, held in Austin, Texas, is the largest genre film festival in America, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and other great films from around the world. The festival has seen the world premieres of “There Will Be Blood,” “Apocalypto,” “Zombieland” and “Red” and has had stars like Ryan Reynolds, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Darren Aronofsky, Mike Judge, Kevin Smith, George Romero and John Favreau among others. You can learn more about Fantastic Fest from their Facebook and Twitter pages as well as their official website.

A Boy And His Samurai

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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