Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST wrapped our most successful edition to date last night in Melbourne with the Australian Premiere of Coralie Fargeat’s REVENGE as the Closing Night Film followed by the annual awards ceremony acknowledging the best of this year’s impressive lineup.
We would like to thank our Major Sponsors, Lido Cinemas and Swinburne University of Technology Media & Communications; our Government Sponsors, Screen Australia and Film Victoria Australia; Award and Festival Sponsor, Ozflix; festival sponsors, Universal Pictures, Beserk, Eerie Tours, GearHead, Roar Digital, Red Octopus, Heavy Mag, FilmInk, Screen Space, Xtreem Print & Display & Beek Creative.
We would like to thank all of the filmmakers who not only allowed us to be their platform to premiere their film here in Australia but for their truly remarkable art, we are honoured to be a part of your creative release process.
We would also like to thank the volunteers who gave up their time, energy and gave it their all to make both staff and audiences always know what was happening. Particular thanks to our interstate mates, Vanessa Gudgeon, Duncan Shaw & Clint Cure who travelled at their own expense to volunteer at the festival, you are MONSTER FEST family and we sincerely appreciate everything.
Most importantly we would like to THANK YOU, our MONSTER FEST audiences who year after year have come to support genre cinema from all around the world particularly emerging Australian genre cinema and have enabled us to grow into Australia’s premier genre film festival. As cliched as it sounds, without you there would be no MONSTER FEST, you are MONSTER FEST!
Without further ado, here are the MONSTER FEST 2017 Award Winners:
FEATURE FILM WINNERS
Golden Monster: COLD HELL (Stefan Ruzowitzky (Germany)
Best International Feature: REVENGE Coralie Fargeat (France)
OZFLIX Award for Best Australian Feature: TARNATION Daniel Armstrong (Australia)
Best Director: CAN EVRENOL HOUSWIFE (Turkey)
Honourable Mention: HORROR MOVIE: A LOW BUDGET NIGHTMARE Gary Doust (Australia)
SHORT FILM WINNERS
Best Short: BIRTHDAY Alberto Viavattene (Italy)
Best International Short: TICKLE MONSTER Remi Weekes (UK)
OZFLIX Award for Best Australian Short: LIZ DRIVES Mia’kate Russell (Australia)
OZFLIX award for Best Victorian Short: REUNION Seamus Murphy (Australia)
– $5000 in equipment hire from Gearhead & $4000 in digital post production services from Roar Digital.
OZFLIX Award for Best Australian Student Short: THE MAN IN THE MOON Monique Mulcahy (Victorian College for the Arts)
TRASHARAMA Golden Lomax: SLEAZY PETE Frank Appache (Canada)
Stay tuned this week as we release all of our photos taken from this year’s festival by the very talented and always lovely Photographer & MONSTER FEST Operations Coordinator Kim Taylor and her photographic cohort, our MONSTER FEST Technical Director, Ben Hellwig.
On a final note, here’s a clip of TARNATION writer/director Daniel Armstrong receiving his OZFLIX Award for Best Australian Feature from OZFLIX CEO Ron Brown and MONSTER FEST/MONSTER PICTURES’ Neil Foley.
While MONSTER FEST here in Melbourne has wrapped for another, our next satellite event, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW in Cairns at Event Cinemas Cairns Central kicks off on Friday December 8th and you all deserve a holiday so why not think about making the trek up to Far North Queensland!