Who Won the 2015 Stanley Film Festival Awards!?

Who Won the 2015 Stanley Film Festival Awards!?

Some exciting news to come out of the 2015 Stanley Film Festival... the winners. The audience award for a feature film went to The Final Girls (2015) directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Starring in The Final Girls are Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig and Malin Akerman. Didn’t really have The Final Girls set high in my watch list but that has all changed now. The 2016 Stanley Film Festival Dates have not yet been disclosed. Also featured here are the winners for the short film award… The Babysitter Murders (2015) directed by Ryan Spindell.

May 3, 2015 (Denver, CO) - The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced the audience and jury award winners, Birth.Movies.Death Filmmaking Frenzy winners and presented Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS, with the 2015 Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award. During his speech at the Stanley Awards Horror Brunch, Quinn referred to SFF as, "... the single most regal film festival, even though it’s a horror film festival. I feel like I’m walking around this country club and then at night it turns sinister."

The Final Girls, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, received the Audience Award for Feature Film. Audience Award for Feature Film runner-up goes to We Are Still Here, directed by Ted Geohegan, which opens at the Denver Film Society’s year-round home, the Sie FilmCenter on Friday May 15.

The Stanley Dean’s Cup showcased 8 short films from local, national and international students. The competition featured a Colorado and International prize, with a $2,500 cash prize to the winning director, funded by The Stanley Hotel. The winner of the Colorado Prize was Moon Studios directed by Merritt Crocker and Inherent Noise, directed by Karol Jurga, received the International Prize. The Short Film Jury was comprised of Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Jen Yamato, Entertainment Report for The Daily Beast, and Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach CreativeFuture. The Babysitter Murders, directed by Ryan Spindell, was awarded the Jury Award for Short Film and voted the Audience Award winner for Short Film. Special mentions were given to The House is Innocent and The Salt of the Earth.

The Birth.Movies.Death Stanley Film Festival Filmmaking Frenzy challenged filmmakers to create a short film (5 minutes or less) about ghosts. Alix Bannon’s, White Island, was selected as the winner by a jury comprised of Blumhouse Productions’ Ryan Turek, The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato and SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah. Bannon won a two-night stay in the famed room 217, the room that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.

Stuart Gordon, the 2015 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror, described the 4 day horror retreat as the "...scariest Film Festival I’ve ever been to." Throughout the 4 days, the festival screened over 21 feature films, 6 retro titles and 18 shorts, 8 student shorts with 18 countries represented, while providing a fully immersive experience, thanks to a unique horror immersion game, panels, special events and more.

"This has been a phenomenal year for the genre. We are truly honored to host master storytellers, passionate filmmakers, innovative distributors and dedicated genre lovers throughout our four-day celebration of the finest in classic and contemporary world horror," says Director of Programming, Landon Zakheim. "We look forward to supporting these macabre artists at our immersive playground for years to come."

The 2016 Stanley Film Festival Dates will be announced at a later a time.

Awards were given out in the follow categories:

Audience Award for Feature Film
Winner: The Final Girls directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson
Synopsis: 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’s Adam DeVine) to battle the psychotic killer.

Jury Award for Short Film
Winner: The Babysitter Murders directed by Ryan Spindell
Synopsis: 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?

Audience Award for Short Film
Winner: The Babysitter Murders directed by Ryan Spindell
Synopsis: 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
Winner: Moon Studios directed by Merritt Crocker
Synopsis: A great song is a living thing.

Stanley Dean’s Cup International Prize
Winner: Inherent Noise directed by Karol Jurga
Synopsis: A girl who comes to the house of an old, disabled soundman. The mysterious frequencies he produces guide her to a grizzly discovery.

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2015 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:
PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater, Historic Park Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park; MEDIA: Badass Digest, Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop, Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Crave Online, EP News; COMMUNITY: 13th Floor Haunted House, Telluride Horror Show, Estes Park Shuttle; EVENT: Ghost Pines, Kronenbourg ; FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Fandor, Scream Factory!, CEAVCO Audio Visual

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