This 34th edition of Imagine Film Festival was filled with amazing fantastic films. On Friday the 20th of April, we celebrated fantastic filmmakers with the Imagine Awards 2018. For the very first time in the history of Imagine, a VR award is included as well! Other awards that were granted to fantastic filmmakers were the Imagine Pitch Contest Award, the Imagine VR Award, the MovieZone Jury Award, the Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic feature film, the Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic short film and the Black Tulip Award.
Silver Scream Award – The Final Scores
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson – USA/Germany 2018)
Black Tulip Award
Tigers Are Not Afraid (Issa López – Mexico 2017)
The jury for the Black Tulip Award: Shady el Hamus, Gees Voorhees and Jan Doense
The jury report: A movie that tackles a huge social issue from the perspective of the victim. Fantasy and imagination are used to convey strength, but the issue itself is not resolved by this. The film is accurately directed and moving, without becoming sentimental.
Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic feature film
The Place (Paolo Genovese – Italy 2017)
The jury for Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic feature film: Olivia Lonsdale, Ype Driessen and Dandyano Zentveld.
The jury report: The Place looks into human desires, in which needs on the surface offer only a glimpse of the desires deep below. Besides fantastic acting and brilliant dialogues, it’s the way the lives of the people are inseparable that endures. Daring and grand in scale, but intimate and personal in execution, this film shows that in this world no act is left without consequences and that there’s always someone else paying the price for our desires. In The Place, the absurd becomes normal and the impossible plausible. The credit for that fully goes to director Paolo Genovese.
Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic short film
Downside Up (Peter Ghesquière – Belgium 2017)
The jury for: Méliès d’argent for best European fantastic short film: Jedidjah Noomen and Barend de Voogd.
The jury report: The winning short is a well-told fairytale that puts a smile on your face, with a screenplay that’s clear and logical but nevertheless manages to surprise you. Visually, the film also stands out; the production design is amazing and the imagery will stay in your mind for a long time. Plus, the cast of the film is simply irresistable and enjoyable. At first, this film might make you a bit uneasy. It’s comedy, but are we really allowed to laugh? Thankfully that’s exactly the point of this short film. This fairytale about being different shows you a possible heavy subject without melodrama and is able to reel you in with honest emotions that we can all relate to.
Compulsión (Àngel González – Spain 2017)
The MovieZone Jury: Elisabeth Tops, Noah Bos, Eddi Bruyn, Vareen Rook and Meander van Harrewijen.
The jury report: This thriller was for us the most intense film of the festival. The film had strong characters, and no weak spots in the cast. The dialogue is limited, but the tension building keeps you at the end of your seat. The magnificent Spanish landscape makes the film very strong, and it is really ingenious how the film is still so terrifying, even at daylight and in such a short length. We see a lot of potential in the director and we look forward to seeing his new films.
Imagine VR Award
Summation of Force (Narelle Autio, Trent Parke en Matthew Bate – Australia 2017)
The jury for the very first Imagine VR Award: Anna Hoetjes, Marc Nollkaemper and Jilt van Moorst.
Imagine Pitch Contest
Meet Jimmy (David-Jan Bronsgeest – The Netherlands 2018)
The jury for the Imagine Pitch Contest: Ellis Driessen and Karlo Funk.