As usual the 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival was a great success. Not only it is now considered North America’s longest-running genre film festival with its 195 screenings over twenty-three days but it also had an attendance of over 100,000 spectators for six consecutive years.
Several Japanese movies won awards again this year:
- TAG by Sion Sono received the Cheval Noir Award for Best Film
- Tomoe Kanno (for LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM) received the Cheval Noir Award for Best Screenplay
- Subaru Shibutani (for LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM) received the Cheval Noir Award for Best Actor
- Reina Triendl (for TAG) received the Cheval Noir Award for Best Actress
- Sion Sono’s TAG also received a Special Mention “for its creative, surprising, and monumental opening kill sequence”
- MISS HOKUSAI by Keiichi Hara received no less than three awards: the Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the Prix Séquences, as well as the Best Animated Feature Audience Award (Gold Prize)
- LOVE & PEACE by Sion Sono received the Best Asian Feature Audience Award (Gold Prize)
Surprisingly, Attacks on Titan, the latest sensation from Japan, didn't win any prize.
The dates for next year festival (the 20th anniversary edition!) were also announced: The Fantasia International Film Festival will take place in Montreal from July 14 to August 2, 2016.
For more details on all Japanese movies you can check our previous entry “Japanese movies at Fantasia 2015”.
For an overview of the Japanese movies you can check Claude R. Blouin's extensive comments “Un vieux fou de cinéma japonais à Fantasia 2015” on the Shomengeki blog (in french).
(Sources: ANN, Dread Central, Fangoria, Fantasia, Twitch)
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