Recently voted one of the top ‘30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World’ by MovieMaker magazine, Grimmfest will once again be bringing the very best in new independent genre cinema to Manchester (UK) from 3 – 6 October 2019. Following on from the incredible success of last year’s inaugural awards scheme, the festival will once again be offering fantastic prizes, worth over £120,000 in total, for 13 special awards.
INTRODUCING THE GRIMMFEST 2019 AWARDS JURY
Grimmfest is delighted to announce that actress, producer, horror movie icon and 2018 Lifetime Achievement award-winner Barbara Crampton (renowned for her roles in films such as RE-ANIMATOR and YOU’RE NEXT) will be chairing this year’s awards jury.
Barbara will be joined by five other carefully-selected figures from the world of genre cinema, including Jennifer Handorf (film producer with credits including PREVENGE, THE CHAMBER, THE BORDERLANDS, THE FORGOTTEN & THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS), Amanda Presmyk (film producer for FANGORIA and CINESTATE, with credits including DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE, PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH & SATANIC PANIC), Anton Bitel (film critic for publications including SIGHT & SOUND, LITTLE WHITE LIES & SCIFINOW), Nikki Baughan (film critic for publications including SCREEN INTERNATIONAL, SIGHT & SOUND & THE LIST) and James Fler (sales agent for RAVEN BANNER ENTERTAINMENT, whose titles include TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, LIFECHANGER, TRENCH 11).
[Image: Top row, from left: Barbara Crampton, Jennifer Handorf, Amanda Presmyk. Bottom row, from left: Anton Bitel, Nikki Baughan, James Fler]
The awards jury will view the films selected for the festival and determine the winners of the following awards, which are kindly sponsored by organisations and companies at the very forefront of genre cinema. Thanks to their support, Grimmfest is able to offer some very enticing prizes for the winning filmmakers:
2019 AWARDS PRIZES AND SPONSORS
1. BEST FEATURE FILM and
2. BEST DIRECTOR
Both awards sponsored by film financier and producer Michael Laundon, with a prize of £40,000s worth of post-production funding to be awarded to each winning filmmaker for a future feature production (subject to terms and conditions).
3. BEST SHORT FILM
Sponsored by video-on-demand platform Shudder, who are offering an airing of the winning film on their channel.
4. BEST SCREENPLAY
Sponsored by leading screenwriting software company Final Draft, with a free copy of the latest version of the software offered for the winner. Also sponsored by Inktip who are offering the winner a free screenplay listing on their website.
5. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sponsored by UK-based post-production house One Bright Dot, who are offering 10 days’ grade/online plus 10 days’ VFX and picture deliverables, for a total value of £20,000’s worth of post-production services.
6. BEST SCORE
Sponsored by Grimm Entertainment, the feature film development and production arm of Grimmfest, who will offer the winning composer an opportunity to score one of their upcoming productions.
7. BEST ACTOR
8. BEST ACTRESS
9. BEST SFX
Sponsored by Fangoria magazine, offering online coverage of the award-winning piece of work, plus a year’s subscription to the magazine.
10. BEST KILL
Sponsored by Dread Central, who are offering online coverage of the award-winning film.
11. BEST SCARE
Sponsored by Rue Morgue magazine, who are offering an article on the award-winning film, plus a year’s subscription to the magazine.
In addition to the above listed awards which will be deliberated by the awards jury, Grimmfest will also present the following 3 awards:
12. BEST WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Sponsored by Michael Laundon, Film Seekers and Screen International, the winner will receive £20,000s worth of post-production funding (subject to terms and conditions), an offer of international sales representation and a year’s subscription to Screen International magazine.
13. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sponsored by Horror Channel who will present this award to honour a very special guest on their body of work within genre cinema.
14. AUDIENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Shudder, who will award the winning filmmakers with a 12-month subscription to their video-on-demand service.
Grimmfest 2019 will take place 3 – 6 October at Odeon Great Northern in Manchester, UK. Short and feature-length film submissions are currently being accepted via FilmFreeway. The regular submissions deadline is 7 July and the late deadline is 4 August 2019. Selected films will be eligible for awards consideration.