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STARBURST Film Festival Manchester 26th-28th August 2016

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2016

The 2016 Winners

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26th - 29 August 2016 MMU Manchester, UK

The competition of entries was very tough, and every film screened deserves commendation. STARBURST thanks all the filmmakers and their cast and crew for contributing to making this year’s festival such a success.

There was also a special Hall of Fame Award, which was presented to Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, in recognition of his contribution to the genre and cult entertainment.

The awards were presented by original STARBURST publisher Dez Skinn and owner/editor Jordan Michael Royce and presided over by comedian and Big Finish voice actor Charlie Ross, and were sponsored by Horror Channel.

And the winners are:

Best Performance:
Darren Travers (Don’t You Recognise Me?)

Best Short:
Amor Fati (director: Thomas Morelli)

Young Filmmaker:
Parts (director: Naqqash Khalid)

Best Feature:
Good Tidings (director: Stuart W. Bedford)

Independents Day Award:
Christian Nicolson (This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy)

Judging Criteria 2016:

Since 1977, STARBURST Magazine has been at the heart of the world of fantasy and cult entertainment. We have been there to cover all of the major releases and events spanning almost four decades. Speaking directly to the movers and shakers in the industry, and bringing you added insight into your favourite movies.

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards gives recognition to the cream of the crop. Our official panel of Industry Professionals, Directors, and Writers with the following six categories shine a light on those people that contributed something special to Fantasy Cinema.

Best Feature
After a weekend of screening superb fantasy feature films, we choose the one special movie that genuinely caught the zeitgeist.

Best Short
Indie Shorts get centre stage at the STARBURST International Film Festival. The screening of shorts will be taking place throughout the weekend, giving festival goers the chance to see the very best the genre has to offer - We choose the one standout short.

Best Performance
Across the board, male and female, lead role or supporting, we choose the one special performance.

Young Filmmaker Award
Being under 25 and managing to get a movie made requires talent. STARBURST recognises the one young filmmaker that really made an impact.

Independents Day Award
STARBURST Magazine has had a long history of supporting independent cinema. Being an independently owned magazine it is only natural that STARBURST would champion up and coming talent. Independents Day is one of the leading monthly STARBURST columns. Every month showcasing the best talent on the independent movie scene. We choose the independent movie that best represented this ethos, and showed the big studios how it’s done.

Starburst Hall of Fame
STARBURST recognises the life and achievements of an icon of the fantasy genre.

Starburst Magazine: First Starburst Awards 1980

We have dug deep in our archive and found the coverage printed in the magazine for the first Starburst awards held in 1980.

Click here to read the full article - PDF download (low quality).

Starburst Film Festival Highlights

Horror Double Bill

Horror Double Bill

Nightly Horror Double Bill screenings
Including Psychomania (Remastered print) & Dracula 1972 classic films, from the horror genre, to keep you on the edge of your seat...

RUN!  Gangsters at 40

RUN! Gangsters at 40

The creator of this classic television show Philip Martin is in conversation with Dick Fiddy. Looking back at the series and his new novelisation

Bob Baker

Bob Baker

Bob Baker, BAFTA winner writer of Wallace and Gromit – A Matter of Loaf and Death. He discusses the characters and their exploits in a Q&A session and introduces the fans favourite W&G short film.

Battletruck Screening

Battletruck Screening

Harley Cokeliss screens a fully restored copy of his 'post oil wars' 1982 epic Battletruck

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