Toronto After Dark: EEGA, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE And THE BATTERY Win Big

Our apologies to the staff and crew at Toronto After Dark. We are a little tardy in sharing with you the award winners at this year's festival. 

Really, to no one's surprise, Tollywood flick Eega flew away with nine awards in the Feature Film - Specialty Category Award Winners. But it did not have the juice to win an audience award; though it did inspire a couple attendees to make their own custom Eega shirts! Nope. The Audience Award Winners were rightfully won by the The Battery taking home the Gold Prize and surprisingly Canadian feature Solo took home Silver and The Banshee Chapter took home Bronze. 

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce the Award Winners of its 8th Annual Edition. As is tradition at Toronto After Dark, the Jury were the fans themselves with over 4,200 votes cast this year by festival-goers to determine the best new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies from the around the world!

Post-apocalyptic indie zombie road trip movie THE BATTERY may have had a small budget but it won audiences over big time at Toronto After Dark 2013 to win the festival's Top Prize, the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM, GOLD.   SILVER went to the suspenseful island-set thriller SOLO , while terrifying CIA mind control horror BANSHEE CHAPTER nabbed the BRONZE.

In the Specialty Categories,  THE BATTERY  also scored wins for BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST MUSIC AND BEST POSTER. But the biggest specialty winner was Indian housefly revenge movie EEGA which was left buzzing after winning a festival record 9 Awards from fans including BEST ACTION, BEST COMEDY AND MOST ORIGINAL FILM.  Jim Mickle's Sundance and Cannes-selected cannibal family horror drama WE ARE WHAT WE ARE also received four high profile specialty awards from fans including BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST HORROR FILM while BEST SCI-FI FILM went to the stylish android thriller THE MACHINE.

With a wide range of genre programming and audience tastes, Toronto After Dark fans also bestowed awards to a number of other films in different specialty categories screening at the festival including Feature Films, Short Films and the specially created 8th Anniversary Festival Bumpers. 

So there you have it. Festival circuit favorites like Big Bad Wolves were left huffing and puffing outside of Grandma's house and smaller, lesser known films made a bigger impact on the Toronto audience this year. It does leave me wondering what would happen if there were actual Jury competitions at this festival. But. If I may sway a line of dialogue from Don Thacker's Motivational Growth (Which I Loved!!!)... 

"The Audience knows, Mack. The Audience knows".

The full list of all awards and winners follows. 

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST FEATURE FILM

  1. GOLD:  THE BATTERY 
  2. SILVER: SOLO 
  3. BRONZE: BANSHEE CHAPTER

FEATURE FILM - SPECIALTY CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS

EEGA 
  BEST ACTION FILM
  BEST COMEDY
  MOST ORIGINAL FILM 
  BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
  BEST FIGHT (Fly/Nami vs Sudeep throughout the Film)
  BEST FILM TO WATCH WITH A CROWD
  BEST EDITING
  BEST VILLAIN (Sudeep)
  BEST HERO (The Fly/ Nani)

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE 
  BEST DIRECTOR (Jim Mickle)
  BEST HORROR FILM 
  BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  BEST KILL (The Final Family Feast - Please don't spoil It!)

THE BATTERY 
  BEST SCREENPLAY (Jeremy Gardner)
  BEST MUSIC (Various Artists)
  BEST POSTER

THE MACHINE
  BEST SCI-FI FILM 
  BEST LEADING ACTRESS (Caity Lotz)

ODD THOMAS
  BEST LEADING ACTOR (Anton Yelchin)
  MOST LIKE TO SEE A SEQUEL TO

MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH
  BEST MONSTER/CREATURE (The Mold) 
  BEST LINE OF DIALOGUE ("The Mold knows Jack, the Mold knows.")

FOUND
  BEST TITLE SEQUENCE 
  BEST GORE

SILENT RETREAT
  BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM

BANSHEE CHAPTER
  SCARIEST FILM

BIG BAD WOLVES
  BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

SEPTIC MAN
  BEST MAKE-UP

BIG ASS SPIDER!
  BEST TRAILER

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM

  1. GOLD: REMEMBER ME Directed by Jean-Francois Asselin
  2. SILVER: THE LAMP Directed by Trevor Juras
  3. BRONZE: KIN Directed by Ben & Seb McKinnon

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

  1. GOLD:  C (299, 792KM PER SECOND) Directed by Derek Van Gorder
  2. SILVER: ROPE A DOPE Directed by Eric Jacobus
  3. BRONZE: SEQUENCE Directed by Carles Torrens

FANS CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST FESTIVAL BUMPER:

  1. GOLD:  8AM OR IS IT 7AM RANSOM by Ryan Levin
  2. SILVER: 8 YEARS SINCE YOU LAST PLAYED MY MOVIE RANT by Uwe Boll
  3. BRONZE: THINGS WE MISS ABOUT TORONTO AFTER DARK by Justin Benson   & Aaron Moorhead (aka The Resolution Guys)
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