Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent.

It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming, which focuses not so much on getting world premieres, but rather tries to expose its audience to the best genre films which the previous year had to offer, worldwide. And while this year didn't have an obvious runaway winner, the festival's entire top-15 scored an average of 8.0 or higher, which is VERY impressive.

So here is a closer look at that top-15. Click on the edge of the images to go to the next slide. And do chime in, in the comments, about your own favourites!


Thomas Humphrey, Ryland Aldrich, Todd Brown, J Hurtado, Pierce Conran, Hugo Ozman, Zach Gayne and Michele "Izzy" Galgana contributed to this story.

With this year's main theme of "Building Dreams and Nightmares" partly revolving around architecture in film, it wasn't lost on anyone that the festival is itself housed in a damn impressive-looking building.

The list of audience favourites is eclectic enough not to notice any theme though, bar perhaps "general excellence". Animation or live-action, funny and dreary, documentary or epic fiction, it's all here. Voting is done through cards everyone receives at the entrance of each screening, and you vote by tearing the card a little at the rating of your choice. A score of one means hopeless, two is bad, three is mediocre, four is good, and a score of five means excellent. All ratings are counted, and the averages stretched to fit a scale of ten (one mystery-voter, presumably suffering from some sort of OCD, consistently already wrote one on all of his ballots).

Ratings are often brutal at Imagine Festival, its audience still known for being outspoken and unforgiving. That means a high rating here is nothing to be sneezed at, so flip through the next slides to see the top 15 highest rated films of this year's Imagine Film Festival!

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cjohnstonMay 7, 2016 4:49 PM

Thanks for the info here .!!!

...the two that i read in three-dee from you're list are Hardcore Henry and Midnight Special.

...Midnight Special looks Good - and, it's on my to-see list.
..Hardcore Henry (imo); WAS Good, ...until act three when we (the viewer) were introduced to the characters ........ ehh, ....avatars.???
That's when it lost me. ...and my interest.

*Plus, for me -- it gets NO brownie points from me for Henry killing his (eh, ..not so sweet) sweetie to end the film.
GOOD concept though. .!

..if not a little misguided...