Before the light were turn on in the screening room, the ToHorror film fest 2017 edition deliberated on the quality and the variety of all the works competing this year during Saturday closing night ceremony.
All four “on screen” categories were thoroughly followed by our audience (that had the opportunity to cast its vote) and valued by a qualified jury, as in the case of the Original Screenplay category award.
The awarded works show the different faces of the horror genre, which does not apply to one single rule and canon, and our responsibily and mission as a Film festival is to give voice to every single one of that voice. We are confident that we are going in the right direction.
Here there are the palmares.
Winner of Best Feature Film Award
“Offensive”, Jon Ford - UK, 2016
For its ability to deal with such a topic as bulling and teen gang in an original and non prosaic way. Jon Ford, with this film, managed to create a spectacular and moving piece of art which also opens a place for discussion which is so hard to find in the indie self- focused environment.
Feature Films Special Mention
“The Black Gloves”, Lawrie Brewster - UK, 2017
For its refined aestethic and style and artistic experimentation. The countless references and tributes to the Classic works put this film in a different place than other contemporary works.
Winner of Best Short Films Award
“Einsten-Rosen”, Olga Osorio - Spain, 2016
A flawless film which is brillianlty written and evocative. A perfect blend of the best science-fiction leit motifs, unexpected twists and turns and a psychological overtone.
Short Films Special Mention
“Le jour où maman est devenue un monstre”, Joséphine Hopkins - France, 2017
A film with a classic horror approach but also a touch of artistic and authorial experimentation. The director applies a very complex and sensitive esthetic vision that highlights the impressive performance of the young protagonist.
Winner of Best Motion Picture Award
“Happy End”, Jan Saska - Czech Republic, 2015
For having given us an example of good cinematic art. The remarkable editing and a special attention to details helps the audience immediatly dive into the story. An ending which is a beginning and a series of events linked to a circular narration that enchants the audience and finds its fulfillment in the title.
Motion Picture Special Mention
“Call of Cuteness”, Brenda Lien - Germany, 2017
Cats and “Likes” on the social media: and invisible violence which is perfectly expressed in this short film with an unbearable visual power. Lines, colours and sounds are well balanced to prove a point to the audience.
A point that, sharp as a knife, sticks itself into our brain.
Winner of Best Web Series Award
“Hooked”, Luca Vecchi - Italy, 2016
The jury decided to award Hooked for recreating a Pulp allure and tones in the atypical background of Rome.
For the rough and grottesque moments, always staged with irony and fun. For the quality of the dialogues and the excellent performances and the professionalism of the cast. We wish to see more season of this excellent web series.
Winner of Best Screenplay Award
“Giù nel Buio”, Giuseppe Rasi
For an outstanding narrative technique and a miticolous attention to details which make the work easy to read.
“Giù nel buio” is capable of generating constant tension by using a well-structured and vibrant narrative path
and by playing with all the stereotypes typical of the horror genre.
Screenplay Special Mention
“Nell’ombra e nel buio”, Chiara Rossi and Silvestra Sbarbato
“Nell’ombra e nel buio” manages to concentrate in few lines a deep narrative structure which evokes, through a series of strong impact images, an interpretative richness and puts into the readers mind hints of the true reasons behind some human behaviours.
SPECIAL AWARDS by TOHorror Film Fest
Antonio Margheriti Award
“Supa Supa” (web series), Steven Briand e Julien Jourdain de Muizon - France, 2017
A universal story (a boy want to conquer the attention of a girl) told with an universal language : the videogames one.
Icon, sound effects, doppelganger and kung fu moves works as a language in this synchopated, inventive, metalingustic
and amazingly funny serie.
Anna Mondelli Award
“Dis”, Adrian Corona - USA, 2017
For the outbreaking visual and the visionary mise-en-scéne which is not scared of the extreme. For the audacity of some stylistic choices and continuous references to the underground cinema.
FX Award (by Michele Guaschino)
“Margaux”, Josephine Hopkins, Rémy Barbe, Joseph Bouquin - France, 2016
For the quality of the special effects: well realised and well balanced and put into a fairly original story
very well told with artistic and technic competence.
Public choice Awards
Feature film: “Offensive”, Jon Ford - UK, 2016
Short movies: “Fortune-teller”, Gonzaga Manso - Spain, 2017
Motion picture: “Decorado”, Alberto Vázquez - Spain/France, 2016
Web series: “Hooked“, Luca Vecchi - Italy, 2016