The Stanley Film Festival, which showcases independent horror moviemaking, has announced its terrifying set of winners for 2015.
Taking place at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and operated by the Denver Film Society, the festival ran for four days and included live shows, installations and a “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student competition. Throughout the 4 days, the festival screened over 21 feature films along with six retro titles and 18 shorts, with 18 countries represented.
Read on below for the full list of winners. (Synopses courtesy of Stanley Film Festival.)
Audience Award for Feature Film:
“The Final Girls,” directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends find themselves trapped in the famous 80’s slasher flick that made her late mother a scream queen. The millennial gang joins the throwback camp counselors with raging libidos (featuring a standout performance from “Workaholics”‘ Adam DeVine) to battle the psychotic killer.
Audience Award & Jury Award for Short Film:
“The Babysitter Murders,” directed by Ryan Spindell.
A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out… Or do you?
Stanley Dean’s Cup Colorado Prize:
“Moon Studios,” directed by Merritt Crocker.
A great song is a living thing.
Stanley Dean’s Cup International Prize:
“Inherent Noise,” directed by Karol Jurga.
A girl who comes to the house of an old, disabled soundman. The mysterious frequencies he produces guide her to a grizzly discovery.