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After Blue (Dirty Paradise) directed by Bertrand Mandico
After Blue (Dirty Paradise) directed by Bertrand Mandico

Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue (Dirty Paradise) snagged the top prize for Best Film at Fantastic Fest 2021. In the film, set on a mysterious new planet populated entirely by women, teenager Roxy and her mother undergo a fantastical journey in pursuit of a murderous criminal.

Many of the award-winning films including After Blue will continue to stream as part of the virtual Fantastic Fest @ Home experience from September 30 – October 11.

Fantastic Fest 2021 Award Winners

MAIN COMPETITION

Best Film – AFTER BLUE (dir BERTRAND MANDICO)
Best Direction – ESKIL VOGT, THE INNOCENTS
Best Actor – FRANZ ROGOWSKI (LUZIFER and FREAKS OUT)

HORROR

Best Film – THE SADNESS (dir ROB JABBAZ)
Best Direction – ROB JABAAZ, THE SADNESS
Special Mention – LET THE WRONG ONE IN (dir CONOR MCMAHON)

NEXT WAVE

Best Film – ZALAVA (dir ARSALAN AMIRI)
Best Direction – JEAN LUC HERBULOT, SALOUM
Special Mention – NAME ABOVE TITLE (dir CARLOS CONCEIÇÃO)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED

Best Film – HEART OF GOLD (dir SIMON FILLIOT)
Best Direction – KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA, NUEVO RICO
Best Artistry – SUNBELLY (dir JORDAN SPEER) and LAUNCH (dir LEAH SHORE)

FANTASTIC SHORTS

Best Film – LAST DAYS (dir DIPO BARUWA-ETTI)
Best Direction – ANNALISE LOCKART, INHERITANCE

SHORT FUSE

Best Film – YOU’RE DEAD HELEN (dir MICHIEL BLANCHART)
Best Direction – MARIA MARTINEZ BAYONA, SUCH SMALL HANDS
Best Dickhead Way to Subvert the Gender System – NIGHT OF THE LIVINGDICKS (dir ILJA RAUTSI)

SHORTS WITH LEGS

Best Film – DANGEROUS TYPE (dir Tipper Newton)
Best Direction – GONÇALO ALMEIDA ,GIRL FROM SATURN
Outstanding Example of Non Fiction Filmmaking in a Genre Film Festival – VO (dir NICOLAS GOURAULT)
Outstanding Example of Creative and Fun Use of Cinema for Social Commentary – MISTER POWERFUL (dir ORIOL BARBERÀ MASATS)

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