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Indie Horror 'Blood Punch' Wows Fans and Wins Big at Dances With Films Closing Night Awards

Photo of Shipra Gupta By Shipra Gupta | Indiewire June 11, 2014 at 3:16PM

Out of more than 138 films screened, a select nine managed to walk away with honors on closing night for the 17th edition of Dances With Films.
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'Blood Punch' Dances With Films
"Blood Punch"

Out of more than 138 films screened, a select nine managed to walk away with honors on the closing night of the 17th edition of Dances With Films.

"Blood Punch," an indie horror flick directed by Madellaine Parson, walked away with two audience awards. Parson has primarily written for popular children's television programs including "Power Rangers R.P.M.," "Unfabulous, "Lilo & Stitch: The Series" and "Kim Possible." 

Now in its fourth year, the Industry Choice Award (ICA) was given to the Hungarian vampire drama "The Curse of Styria." The jury deciding on this year's ICA recipient consisted of Steven Friedlander (EVP, Theatrical Distribution for CBS Films), Steve Wegner (Alcon Entertainment), Stephanie Denton (New Cadence Entertainment) and Suzanne Warren (Pandemonium).

For the full list of winners see below:

GRAND JURY AWARD (COMPETITION SHORTS)
CELLULOID DREAMS
Writer/Dir: Jonathan Dillon
Prize: Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters

AUDIENCE AWARD (RUN OF FEST FEATURES)
BLOOD PUNCH
Dir: Madellaine Paxson
Prize: Winner Receives LA Theatrical Run at Hollywood’s Arena Cinema

AUDIENCE AWARD (RUN OF FEST SHORTS)
PIE LADY OF PIE TOWN
Dir: Jane Rosemont 
Prize: Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters***

AUDIENCE AWARD (COMPETITION FEATURES)
POPOVICH AND THE VOICE OF THE FABLED AMERICAN WEST
Writers/Dirs: Mike & Jerry Thompson

AUDIENCE AWARD (COMPETITION SHORTS)
THE LORD OF CATAN
Writer/Dir: Stuart C. Paul

AUDIENCE AWARD (FUSION FEATURES)
BLOOD PUNCH
Dir: Madellaine Paxson

AUDIENCE AWARD (DOCUMENTARY FEATURES)
GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER
Dir: Serene Meshel - Dillman

AUDIENCE AWARD (FUSION SHORTS)
PERSONAL DAY
Writer/Dir: Philip Jessen

AUDIENCE AWARD (MUSIC VIDEO):
LET’S SAVE THE CHILDREN
Writers/Dirs: Mo Fitzgibbon, Robert W. Walker

ICA | INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARD:
THE CURSE OF STYRIA
Writers/Dirs: Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf

This article is related to: Dances With Films, Festivals and Awards