The Fantastic Fest 2009 Awards are out, and as far as awards go, what can top a mug full of beer as the actual award? The mug is what you'll take home and put on your shelf, but an icy, cold beer is the real treat. As an example of how off-kilter Fantastic Fest is, the awards opened with the Best Shakeyface award. These were presented to badgeholders who submitted the best shakeyface photo, a Fantastic Fest staple.

There was much beer drinking, celebrating, and in the end a sword was used to open a bottle of champagne as everyone raised a toast to the 2009 winners. Highlights included Human Centipede as the Best Horror Feature, Down Terrace as the Best Next Wave Feature, and Mandrill as the Best Fantastic Feature, while A Town Called Panic took home the Audience Award for Best Feature. Check out the full list of winners, watch the Shakeyface video and more just beyond the break.


Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the winning films from the 2009 festival. Taking top prize in the Next Wave competition is the darkly comedic drama from Britain, DOWN TERRACE. The audience award goes to A TOWN CALLED PANIC, the best horror film goes to HUMAN CENTIPEDE while Chilean action thriller MANDRILL takes the Fantastic Feature award. The photo above is MANDRILL leading man Marko Zaror doing a celebratory flip.

Complete awards listings are below:

Jury results - SHORTS Awards

Best Animated Short - I AM SO PROUD OF YOU (Don Hertzfeldt)
Special Mention - ALMA (Rodrigo Blaas)

Best Fantastic Short - TERMINUS (Trevor Cawood)
Special Jury Award - NEXT FLOOR (Denis Villeneuve)

Best Horror Short - FULL EMPLOYMENT (Thomas Oberlies, Matthias Vogel)
Special Mention - EXCISION (Richard Bates, Jr.)

Jury results - FEATURES Awards

Best Horror Feature: HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Tom Six)
Best Horror Director: Kerry Prior (THE REVENANT)
Best Best Horror Actor: Dieter Laser (HUMAN CENTIPEDE)
Best Horror Actress: Neve McIntosh (SALVAGE)

Best Fantastic Feature: MANDRILL (Ernesto Diaz-Espinoza)
Best Fantastic Director: Kim Nguyen (TRUFFE)
Best Fantastic Screenplay: Tamio Hayashi adapted from Kotaro Isaka (FISH STORY)
Best Fantastic Actor: Marko Zaror (MANDRILL)
Best Fantastic Actress: Chiaki Kuriyama (KAMOGAWA HORUMO)

Best Feature: DOWN TERRACE (Ben Wheately)
Best Director: Yang Ik-Joon (BREATHLESS)
Best Screenplay: Robin Hill, Ben Wheatley (DOWN TERRACE)
Best Actor: Jeong-min Hwang (PRIVATE EYE)
Best Actress: Shera Bechard (SWEET KARMA)


Audience Award, Best Feature: A TOWN CALLED PANIC (Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar)

Audience Award, Honorable Mention Films:

Uwe Boll's Totally Awesome Video Games Filmmaking Frenzy Contest:

This year, Filmmaking Frenzy teamed up with G4 to create a contest that challenged filmmaking teams around the nation to create trailers for movies based on video games. Uwe Boll, the undisputed master of that genre, showed up to be the judge.

Team: FilthyButts
Team Capt: Joey Graham

Fantastic Fest Bumper Contest:

Filmmaking Frenzy also challenged teams to create 30 second Fantastic Fest bumpers that would play before all of the features in the festival. So many teams responded to this challenge that no bumper was played twice. The winning video was chosen by the Filmmaking Frenzy online community.

Team: FOGAR!
Team Capt - Maurice Jacks

Shakey Face Badge Photo:

Fantastic Fest badges ask for a photo submission, similar to other festivals the world over. At Fantastic Fest, though, we demand that badgeholders submit a "Shakey Face" photo, and we reward the best face of the fest with a blanket featuring their shaken mug woven on it. This year's winners are listed below, and you can check out a video of their Shakey Face Throwdown after that.

2009 Shakey Face Award Winners:
Christine Fisher
Troy Gonzales
Video of the Fantastic Fest Shakey Face competition
categories Awards, Cinematical