L'Etrange Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners, THE INNOCENTS And MAD GOD Take Top Prizes

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L'Etrange Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners, THE INNOCENTS And MAD GOD Take Top Prizes
The 27th edition of the L'Etrange Festival came to a close last weekend in Paris, France. For twelve days more than twenty-two thousand attendees took in a diverse program made up of feature length and short films. 
With safety measures in place the festival carried on without a hitch. Guests included Fabrice du Welz and Rob Jabbaz. The cherry on top was of course the attendance of Donnie Yen at the screening of Raging Fire, at the close of the festival. 
Eskil Vogt's The Innocents took home the coveted Canal+ Grand Prize, which means that the film will be acquired by the French premium pay channel for a future broadcasst. 
The Audience Choice Award went to animator Phil Tippet's Mad God, showing much love for the animator whose legacy of filmmaking is our reward. It was nice to see the audience return the favor. 
The L'Etrange team will get some much needed rest and then it's back on that horse, looking for worthy films for next year's edition. 
At long last… étrange-starved audiences could flock again to the event in person without any capacity limit and indulge themselves  with a wide array of mouthwatering genre offerings and a thrilling variety of filmmaking styles – including 3 international premieres, 3 European premieres and 21 French premieres.
On the menu: 12 perfectly offbeat feature-length films and 60 cutting-edge short films vying for the Canal+ Grand Prize, two programmes curated by multi-award winning British director Lynne  Ramsay and critically acclaimed French science-fiction writer  Pierre Bordage, 13 unique advance previews and a selection of  true oddities from Atsushi Yamatoya and Fred Halsted...
Despite stringent sanitary measures, L’Étrange Festival is pleased to announce it was attended by more than 22,000 rabid filmgoers this year.
After 12 days, 125 screenings and many guests… among whom Benoît  Poelvoorde and Fabrice du Welz (Inexorable), Dimitri Doré and Vincent Le Port (Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer), Jean-Luc Herbulot (Asloum), Bertrand Mandico (After Blue), Rob Jabbaz   (The Sadness) and the fabulous Donnie Yen who literally electrified the audience with his presentation of Raging Fire’s European premiere, the 27th edition came to a close on Sunday, September 19th.
After Vivarium in 2019 and Tomiris in 2020, Eskil Vogt’s highly atmospheric THE INNOCENTS takes the Canal+ Grand Prize for Best feature length film. As part of the award, The Innocents will be acquired by French premium pay television channel (and longtime Partner of the Festival) Canal+ for a future broadcast.
Phil Tippet’s bold and impressive MAD GOD – which received a long and rapturous ovation on September 16 and 17 – is awarded with the Audience Choice Award.
Nicole Daddona & Adam Wilder’s outrageously funny SEXY FURBY takes the Canal+ Grand Prize in the Short film competition category. It will be acquired for future broadcast as well.
Additionally, Rémy Barbe’s FRIANDISE is awarded with the Audience Choice Award.
Stay tuned. L’Étrange Festival will return in 2022 and pursue its mission – mining the past and present of cinema to unearth wonderfully weird rarities, underrated gems and future masterpieces...
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