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iW NEWS | Fantasia Fest Wraps Up In Montreal

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 24, 2008 at 5:20AM

The 12th edition of the 20-day Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close, with record audience numbers and a few distribution deals to celebrate. The US rights to Christopher Denham's "Home Movie" was acquired by IFC Entertainment for IFC's Festival Direct Video on Demand, while Anchor Bay picked up the Canadian distribution rights. Satoshi Miki's "Adrift in Tokyo" was acquired for Canadian distribution by new company Evokative Films. "Tokyo" also took home the awards for best script and a special award for the dual performances of Jo Odagiri and Tomokazu Miura when Fantastia's official jury prizes were announced. Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In" led the awards, winning best film, best director and best photography, while Ben Siegler won best actor for "Rule of Three" and Jin-hie Park best actress for "Shadows in the Palace." The extensive "Public's Prizes," which gives gold, silver and bronze in a variety of categories, were also announced. Among the winners, Yoshihiro Nishimura's "Tokyo Gore Police" won the gold prize for best Asian feature, "Let The Right One In" won gold for best European/North-South American Feature and Darren Lynn Bousman's "Repo! The Genetic Opera" won for most innovative feature. [Peter Knegt]
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The 12th edition of the 20-day Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close, with record audience numbers and a few distribution deals to celebrate. The US rights to Christopher Denham's "Home Movie" was acquired by IFC Entertainment for IFC's Festival Direct Video on Demand, while Anchor Bay picked up the Canadian distribution rights. Satoshi Miki's "Adrift in Tokyo" was acquired for Canadian distribution by new company Evokative Films. "Tokyo" also took home the awards for best script and a special award for the dual performances of Jo Odagiri and Tomokazu Miura when Fantastia's official jury prizes were announced. Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In" led the awards, winning best film, best director and best photography, while Ben Siegler won best actor for "Rule of Three" and Jin-hie Park best actress for "Shadows in the Palace." The extensive "Public's Prizes," which gives gold, silver and bronze in a variety of categories, were also announced. Among the winners, Yoshihiro Nishimura's "Tokyo Gore Police" won the gold prize for best Asian feature, "Let The Right One In" won gold for best European/North-South American Feature and Darren Lynn Bousman's "Repo! The Genetic Opera" won for most innovative feature. [Peter Knegt]