Grimmfest Film Festival 2018 Award-Winners

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Barbara Crampton with Horror Channel Lifetime Achievement Award - Photography by Kenneth James


This October, #GRIMMFEST, Manchester International Festival of Fantastic Film

celebrated its tenth anniversary with the biggest line-up of film premieres ever, along

with audiences to match.


Now the #filmFestival Jury's votes are all in, and the audience ballots all tallied up,

Grimmfest is proud to reveal this year’s award-winners:


Horror Channel Lifetime Achievement Award: BARBARA CRAMPTON (RE-

ANIMATOR, YOU’RE NEXT)

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Best Feature: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

With Special mentions for ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE and PIERCING


Best Director: JOHN MCPHAIL, for ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

With Special mentions for ISSA LÓPEZ (TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID), and

CLAYTON JACOBSON (BROTHERS' NEST)


Best Screenplay: ISSA LÓPEZ for TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

With Special mentions for CLAYTON JACOBSON (BROTHERS' NEST) and ANDY

MITTON (THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW)


Best Score: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

With Special mentions for PIERCING and SUMMER OF 84.


Best Actor: JUAN RAMÓN LÓPEZ for TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

With Special mention for AIDAN DEVINE (I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD)


Best Actress: MIA WASIKOWSKA for PIERCING

With Special mentions for ELLA HUNT (ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE) and

ABIGAIL CRUTTENDEN (AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS)

Girls With Balls

Best SFX: GIRLS WITH BALLS

With Special mentions for AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS and FRAMED


Best Kill: GIRLS WITH BALLS

With Special mentions for PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, OFFICE

UPRISING and SATAN'S SLAVES


Best Scare: THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW

With Special mention for SATAN'S SLAVES


Best Short: WE SUMMONED A DEMON

With Special mentions for CONDUCTOR, DEAD COOL and THE OLD WOMAN

WHO HID HER FEAR UNDER THE STAIRS


Finally, as voted for by Grimmfest 2018 attendees:


The Audience Award: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

With Special mentions for SUMMER OF 84, THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW, ANNA

AND THE APOCALYPSE, and BROTHERS' NEST


The Festival Jury Panel consisted of; Actress and Writer Lauren Ashley Carter,

Film Sales Agent Caroline Couret-Delegue, Acquisitions Consultant, Festival

Programmer and Producer Annick Mahnert, Writer, Actress and Producer Joanne

Mitchell, Dread Central Journalist Anya Stanley and Rue Morgue Executive Editor

Andrea Subissati.


Grimmfest is even more delighted to announce that the winners of the BEST FILM

and BEST DIRECTOR categories will each be awarded £40,000 worth of post-

production services by Festival Award Sponsor BCL Finance Group, which can be

used against a future film.


TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a Mexican magic realist movie written and directed by

Issa López, the film has gained huge festival acclaim and awards around the World.

It has been championed by Guillermo del Toro who will be producing Issa’s next film.

Issa López said: “It's an incredible honour to receive so many beautiful awards at a

festival with such an incredible slate…Grimmfest is the very image of genre cinemas

credibility and substance, and it means a lot to the entire team to be recognized by the festival's jury and incredible audiences.”


ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is a UK Christmas set Zombie musical directed by

John McPhail. Since its debut at Fantastic fest last year, it has been making waves

around the festival circuit, winning the audience award at the Edinburgh International

film festival. It will be released theatrically in the UK and US in time for the festive

season. John McPhail, Director of ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE, said: "I am over

the moon to receive this award, to know my peers enjoyed the film... I only started

directing 6 years ago, and to receive Best Director award from a film festival like

Grimmfest really puts the icing on the cake."


BCL have already agreed to partner with the festival next year, when they will again

be offering big prizes for BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR categories and

Grimmfest is also excited to announce the introduction of a new award category

WORK IN PROGRESS, in association with BCL. The winning filmmaker will receive

access to all-important post production services that will enable the completion of

their film.


Michael Laundon, Managing Partner at BCL, adds “All of us at BCL are delighted to

be prize sponsors for Grimmfest, as they enter their second decade. BCL was

established with a quest to truly help independent movies to not only get made but to

be finished. We hope to continue our support of Grimmfest in the years to come.”

Finally, Grimmfest is thrilled to announce that Barbara Crampton has agreed to

become head of the Festival Jury for Grimmfest 2019."


Grimmfest 2019 will take place in early October in Manchester UK. Film

submissions will open December 2018 via Film Freeway. More information

about the festival can be found at www.grimmfest.com