Winners Take Home Coveted Night Mare Statuettes, “The Most Beautiful Trophy in Horror”
Nightmares Film Festival has announced its Night Mare award recipients for 2019, recognizing the dark horses of genre filmmaking and screenwriting.
Leading the 26 prizes awarded was the Film From Hell, recognizing the movie that most bravely pushes genre boundaries, given to Scott Philip Goergens’s harrowing psychosexual thriller 29 Needles.
“The 2019 Nightmares program was full of extraordinary, surprising and shocking new genre films, and our Night Mare awards recognize the very best of that lineup,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin.
Other films taking leading prizes included Lisa Ovies’s Canadian horror comedy Puppet Killer, awarded best overall feature, and Andrea’s Corsin feral horror story Ferine, awarded best overall short. In the screenplay competition, Avishai Weinberger’s “Third Date” took best feature script, and Shayna Connelly’s “Love as Practice for Dying” won best short script.
A full list of all winners is below.
Several award winners are being considered for acquisition by attending distributors, including Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER. All winning short films will be offered home and online distribution through Bloody Disgusting’s showcase channel, World of Death.
Competition films and screenplays competed for the coveted Night Mare statuette, representing the dark horses of genre. The Night Mare is sculpted and hand painted each year by renowned toy and figure creator Tony Simione (Marvel, Star Wars, Godzilla, Alien).
Nightmares Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. It has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for 36 consecutive months.
Submissions for Nightmares Film Festival 2020 will open in November.
NFF 19 Awards
|The Film from Hell||29 Needles|
|Best overall feature||Puppet Killer|
|Best horror feature||Z|
|Best thriller feature||Reckoning|
|Best midnight feature||The Obsessed|
|Best director feature||Beyond Horror – Jessie Seitz and Marcus Koch|
|Best horror comedy feature||Scare Package|
|Best cinematography feature||To Your Last Death|
|Best writing in a feature||A Nun’s Curse|
|Best actor feature||Tim Loden – Making Monsters|
|Best actress feature||Nicole Brydon Bloom – 1BR|
|Best overall short||Ferine|
|Best horror short||Tick|
|Best thriller short||Gaslight|
|Best midnight short||VR Food|
|Best Recurring Nightmare||Let Me Play|
|Best director short||Imagine a World – Joanna Tsanis|
|Best cinematography short||Daughter of Dismay|
|Best writing in a short||Boo|
|Best actor short||Baker Chase Powell – We Die Alone|
|Best actress short||Synead Nichold – Sasquatch|
|Best horror comedy short||Inflatio|
|Best short screenplay||Love as Practice for DyingFirst runner-up: “Gender Reveal Party”Second runner-up: “Mary, Dispossessed”|
|Best feature screenplay||Third DateFirst runner-up: “He Brings the Night”Second runner-up: “No Overnight Parking”|
|Best Ohio film||Look TwiceFirst runner-up: Madness|