After an epic eight days of programming and events, FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE drew to a close last Friday evening with the Australian Premiere of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett’s READY OR NOT, followed by our Closing Night Ceremony with the annual MONSTER FEST Awards.
Our 2019 Melbourne festival is now our most successful to date with a record attendance of over 3,500 attendees across all sessions at Cinema Nova.
We would like to thank our festival partners Cinema Nova & Fangoria; festival sponsors Moon Dog Brewery, Beserk, Heavy Magazine, Stack Magazine, Gear Head, Roar Digital, Red Octopus, East Brunswick Hotel and Minotaur.
We would also like to thank the filmmakers responsible for all of the films screened at the festival, it is your commitment to artistic expression that drives MONSTER FEST. Finally we would like to thank all of our volunteers, it is your generosity and spirit that makes MONSTER FEST a safe and welcoming environment for all.
Without further ado, here are the FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST 2019 Award Winners…
GOLDEN MONSTER – BEST FEATURE
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
Director: Richard Stanley | United States
Film: COLOR OUT OF SPACE | United States
Ari Harrison, representative from Umbrella Films, accepting the Golden Monster for Best Film & Best Director (on behalf of Richard Stanley) for COLOR OUT OF SPACE, with Monster Fest festival director Grant Hardie.
BEST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE
Director: Tony D’Aquino
Andrew Marriott, executive producer of THE FURIES accepting the Best Australian Film award for the film.
I LEARNED HOW TO DRIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Director: Miao | Country: China
BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT
Director: Charles Ward
BEST VICTORIAN SHORT
Director: Benoit McCullough
Filmmaker Benoit McCullough receiving his $9,000 prize, courtesy of Roar Digital & Gear Head, for his Best Victorian Short film PIPE DREAM, with Monster Fest festival director Grant Hardie and programmer Jarret Gahan.
BEST STUDENT SHORT
BRUNCH SHIFT MASSACRE
Director: Adam Boys
TRASHARAMA – GOLDEN LOMAX
HOBO SEWER SLAUGHTER
Director: Vanessa Gudgeon & Duncan Shaw
Filmmakers Vanessa Gudgeon & Duncan Shaw accepting their Golden Lomax award for Trasharama‘s Best Short, HOBO SEWER SLAUGHTER.
Audiences outside of Melbourne will have their chance to see award-winners COLOR OUT OF SPACE and THE FURIES at all of our FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST 2019: MONSTER TAKES AUSTRALIA festivals across the country. For more details visit the official site here!