A phantasmagoric symphony of international genre films were given there due with the wrap of the 18th Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival through adjudicated awards; with Charismata directed by Tor Mian winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Feature Film.
Charismata is a psychological horror about a police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders.
“We made a concerted effort this year to expand our programming to include a dynamic mix of the Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi genres,” said Shawn Quirk, Program Director of the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, which produces the Vortex sidebar. “These films represent the vanguard of genre filmmaking from across the globe, and showcase a rising generation of filmmakers, who are redefining genre films for the next generation of cinephiles.
“These filmmakers are leaders of tomorrow’s entertainment industry, and it’s our mission to empower them and help them move forward in their respective careers through showcasing their work.”
The next edition of the Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Festival will take place October 15-21, 2018.
2017 Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival Award Winners
BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM
My Best Friend Is Stuck on the Ceiling | Matthew Vesely, Director | 10 min. Australia, 2015.
Real Artists | Cameo Wood, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2017.
BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM
Ovum | Luciano Blotta, Director | 17 min. USA, 2016.
Nimmer | Lieven Vanhove, Director | 16 min. Belgium, 2016.
BEST HORROR SHORT FILM
Robb’s Problem | Dianna Ippolito, Director | 19 min. USA, 2017.
When Demons Die | Daniel Rübesam, Director | 19 min. Germany, 2016.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Meeting MacGuffin | Catya Plate, Director | 10 min. USA, 2017.
Garden Party | Théophile Dufresne, Director | 8 min. | France, 2016.
BEST FEATURE FILM
Charismata | Tor Mian, Director | 96 min. United Kingdom, 2017.
DIRECTORIAL DISCOVERY AWARD:
Red Ruby | Jose Holder, Director | 21 min. Canada, 2016.