This year’s 2009 International Vampire Film Festival winners were recently announced. For those that don’t know, the Vampire Film Festival was held in New Orleans and showcased 50 vampire films done by filmmakers from all over the world. The event was huge and had everything from costume parties to wild parades. Check out this year’s winners…
Outstanding Vampire Feature: The Revenant (USA) Directed by Kerry Prior
The night after his funeral, Bart, a soldier killed in Iraq gets up out of his grave and seeks out his best friend Joey. At dawn Bart’s body falls to the floor, only to reawaken the following dusk. He and his buddy decide that he is a revenant: an articulate vampire that needs to drink blood to arrest the decomposition of his body.
Tim Cogshell, on this year‘s big winner: “All of the films selected were exceptional in one way or another, but The Revenant stood out because it worked as pure vampire fiction and as a contemporary commentary on socially relevant issues. Plus, it was funny.”
Outstanding International Vampire Film: D’Entre Les Morts (France) Directed by Alain Basso
When Roger meets Pauline, the perspective to have finally found his next masterpieces’ diva incites him to consider the remake of his fetish movie, ‘Vertigo’ by Hitchcock. But all is not gold that glitters.
Outstanding Vampire Short: Initiation (Canada) Directed by Stéphane Beaudoin
By carrying out a mission that will make him a part of the gang, Vincent is taken in by another brotherhood, one from which he can’t come back.
Audience Award: Shadowland (USA) Directed by Wyatt Weed
Laura crawls from a pit at a construction site, beaten and bloody, apparently left for dead. With no memory of who or where she is, she sets off into the night, looking for answers and a way home. Soon she finds herself hunted by a mysterious young man named Julian, and it isn’t clear if he intends to help her – or kill her.
Best Gothic Film: The Music of Erich Zahn (USA) Directed by Jared Skolnick
A young student becomes fascinated by the strange music of the eccentric violinist living above him, leading him to a terrifying discovery.
Best Mythic Film: Shrove Tuesday (United Kingdom) Directed by Lee Matthews
In the UK, Shrove Tuesday was originally a pagan festival, where food was consumed in bulk before the onset of lent. But now it’s mainly associated with pancakes…but there is still the legend of a woman, murdered for her religious beliefs, who came back from the dead on Shrove Tuesday to avenge herself. She became known as Pancake Marion. And she spared no one.
Best Anime: CannibAlien (Japan) Directed by David Kame Tsai
In this future vision of Planet Earth, aliens have taken over and begun to eat humans. These ‘CannibAliens’ find human dishes to be very tasty.
Acting Award- Best Vampire Portrayal: Estes Tarver, Mr. Moonlight (USA) Directed by Mark Cornell
A lonely man with a secret attempts to understand his place in the world.
Major props and congratulations to all of the winners. For those of you interested in submitting your own vampire flick submissions for the 2010 Vampire Film Festival open in February. The festival will occur Oct. 27 – Oct. 31 in New Orleans.