Toronto After Dark: EEGA, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE And THE BATTERY Win Big
Really, to no one's surprise, Tollywood flick Eega flew away with nine awards in the Feature Film - Specialty Category Award Winners. But it did not have the juice to win an audience award; though it did inspire a couple attendees to make their own custom Eega shirts! Nope. The Audience Award Winners were rightfully won by the The Battery taking home the Gold Prize and surprisingly Canadian feature Solo took home Silver and The Banshee Chapter took home Bronze.
So there you have it. Festival circuit favorites like Big Bad Wolves were left huffing and puffing outside of Grandma's house and smaller, lesser known films made a bigger impact on the Toronto audience this year. It does leave me wondering what would happen if there were actual Jury competitions at this festival. But. If I may sway a line of dialogue from Don Thacker's Motivational Growth (Which I Loved!!!)...Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce the Award Winners of its 8th Annual Edition. As is tradition at Toronto After Dark, the Jury were the fans themselves with over 4,200 votes cast this year by festival-goers to determine the best new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies from the around the world!Post-apocalyptic indie zombie road trip movie THE BATTERY may have had a small budget but it won audiences over big time at Toronto After Dark 2013 to win the festival's Top Prize, the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM, GOLD. SILVER went to the suspenseful island-set thriller SOLO , while terrifying CIA mind control horror BANSHEE CHAPTER nabbed the BRONZE.In the Specialty Categories, THE BATTERY also scored wins for BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST MUSIC AND BEST POSTER. But the biggest specialty winner was Indian housefly revenge movie EEGA which was left buzzing after winning a festival record 9 Awards from fans including BEST ACTION, BEST COMEDY AND MOST ORIGINAL FILM. Jim Mickle's Sundance and Cannes-selected cannibal family horror drama WE ARE WHAT WE ARE also received four high profile specialty awards from fans including BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST HORROR FILM while BEST SCI-FI FILM went to the stylish android thriller THE MACHINE.With a wide range of genre programming and audience tastes, Toronto After Dark fans also bestowed awards to a number of other films in different specialty categories screening at the festival including Feature Films, Short Films and the specially created 8th Anniversary Festival Bumpers.
"The Audience knows, Mack. The Audience knows".
The full list of all awards and winners follows.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST FEATURE FILM1. GOLD: THE BATTERY2. SILVER: SOLO3. BRONZE: BANSHEE CHAPTERFEATURE FILM - SPECIALTY CATEGORY AWARD WINNERSEEGABEST ACTION FILMBEST COMEDYMOST ORIGINAL FILMBEST SPECIAL EFFECTSBEST FIGHT (Fly/Nami vs Sudeep throughout the Film)BEST FILM TO WATCH WITH A CROWDBEST EDITINGBEST VILLAIN (Sudeep)BEST HERO (The Fly/ Nani)WE ARE WHAT WE AREBEST DIRECTOR (Jim Mickle)BEST HORROR FILMBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST KILL (The Final Family Feast - Please don't spoil It!)THE BATTERYBEST SCREENPLAY (Jeremy Gardner)BEST MUSIC (Various Artists)BEST POSTERTHE MACHINEBEST SCI-FI FILMBEST LEADING ACTRESS (Caity Lotz)ODD THOMASBEST LEADING ACTOR (Anton Yelchin)MOST LIKE TO SEE A SEQUEL TOMOTIVATIONAL GROWTHBEST MONSTER/CREATURE (The Mold)BEST LINE OF DIALOGUE ("The Mold knows Jack, the Mold knows.")FOUNDBEST TITLE SEQUENCEBEST GORESILENT RETREATBEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILMBANSHEE CHAPTERSCARIEST FILMBIG BAD WOLVESBEST ENSEMBLE CASTSEPTIC MANBEST MAKE-UPBIG ASS SPIDER!BEST TRAILERAUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM1. GOLD: REMEMBER ME Directed by Jean-Francois Asselin2. SILVER: THE LAMP Directed by Trevor Juras3. BRONZE: KIN Directed by Ben & Seb McKinnonAUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM1. GOLD: C (299, 792KM PER SECOND) Directed by Derek Van Gorder2. SILVER: ROPE A DOPE Directed by Eric Jacobus3. BRONZE: SEQUENCE Directed by Carles TorrensFANS CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST FESTIVAL BUMPER:1. GOLD: 8AM OR IS IT 7AM RANSOM by Ryan Levin2. SILVER: 8 YEARS SINCE YOU LAST PLAYED MY MOVIE RANT by Uwe Boll3. BRONZE: THINGS WE MISS ABOUT TORONTO AFTER DARK by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (aka The Resolution Guys)