Fantastic Fest 2022 has come to a close and with it the festival has announced several winners in feature and shorts categories including Eduardo Casanova’s La Pietà winning Best Picture in the main competition of features and Ali Abbasi won Best Director for Holy Spider, which was just selected by Denmark to represent it at the 95th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. Mark Mylod’s dark comedy The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy, won the fest’s Audience Award.
“We really gave our jury members a tough job this year. We have no idea how they were able to choose between so many amazing films,” Festival Director Lisa Dreyer said. “We are so appreciative to all our filmmakers for sharing their phenomenal films with our audience, and the Jurors’ choices truly embody the wild and wonderful cinematic excellence we love to champion at Fantastic Fest.”
Here is the complete list of winners from Fantastic Fest 2022.
“MAIN COMPETITION” FEATURES
Best Picture: LA PIETÀ directed by Eduardo Casanova
Best Director: Ali Abbasi for HOLY SPIDER
“NEXT WAVE” FEATURES
Best Picture: THE FIVE DEVILS directed by Léa Mysius
Best Director: Thomas Hardiman for MEDUSA DELUXE
Best Picture: PIGGY directed by Carlota Pereda
Best Directors: Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero & Alejandro Brugués for SATANIC HISPANICS
SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture: HUBBARDS directed by Kevin Ralston
Special Mention: ALEGRÍAS RIOJANAS directed by Velasco Broca
Best Picture: RINGWORMS directed by Will Lee
Special Mention: GNOMES directed by Ruwan Heggelman
Best Picture: THE DIAMOND directed by Vedran Rupic
Special Mention to A MAN TREMBLES directed by Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen (Emoumie)
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
Best Picture: A GUITAR IN THE BUCKET directed by Boyoung Kim
Special Mention to HAPPY NEW YEAR, JIM directed by Andrea Gatopoulos
THE MENU directed by Mark Mylod
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired, and TIME.
Photo: Eric Zachanowich, courtesy of Searchlight Pictures