Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival announces the winners of the exceptional edition | New

First feature film by French director Simon Rieth Summer Scars (Our Ceremonies) won the Best Feature Award at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) which closed on Saturday July 9.

The prize is accompanied by a prize of 10,000 CHF ($10,000) from the City of Neuchâtel.

summer scars is sold by Wild Bunch International.

“Brilliant and daring in its conception, beautifully directed and performed, Summer Scars is a startlingly original exploration of an intimate bond between brothers that resists translation into terms other than its own,” said Joyce Carol Oates, President of the international jury.

The Imaging The Future award for Best Production Design went to the fire-breathing girl power drama, Flambé, by Australian artist and director Del Kathryn Barton. This comes with 5,000 CHF ($5,000), awarded by the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM). Blaze is sold by MK2 Films.

Italian filmmaker Gabriele Mainetti’s Freaks Out won the audience award, while Best Asian Film, also chosen by the audience, went to Taiwanese director Chris Huang Wen-chang’s epic martial arts puppet adventure. , Demigod: The Legend Begins. It is sold by Pili International Multimedia Co.

The International Critics Prize was awarded to Tunisian director Youssef Chebbi Ashkalsold by The Party Film Sales, while the youth prize, awarded by the Denis-de-Rougemont secondary school jury, went to Hypochondriac by American director Addison Heimann, sold by Reel Suspects.

Men by British director Alex Garland, distributed in Switzerland by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, won the NIFFF – Méliès Silver Nomination for Best European Fantasy Feature Film.

The festival’s closing film, Chinese animated feature I Am What I Am, directed by Sun Haipeng, was screened after the award ceremony on Saturday.

The festival saw a record 50,000 visitors attending the films and masterclasses, up from 35,000 last year.

“For more than a week, Neuchâtel was the point of convergence for imaginary worlds from all over the world,” said festival director Pierre-Yves Walder of his first edition at the helm. “By celebrating the plurality of the fantasy genre, the festival has been able to attract a large and diverse audience, which bodes well for the future of the NIFFF.

NIFFF 2023 will run from June 30 to July 8.

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