#VOFF 3: Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
And the winners are … Watch the Jury deciding who shares the $100,000 of VOFF 3!
First place and the top prize of $70,000 was awarded to Claudio Ellovitch of Brazil for the 2014 film Pray, his vision of a terrifying religious experience. The jury praised the visual quality and subject matter of the work, saying: “Pray is very special; it goes beyond what is expected of a horror film – not exploring horror as such, but the essence of it and the elements that create it. We were impressed by the poetic and artistic quality of the film; it grasped at the heart, and then right through to the backbone. We hope that this prize money will help Claudio with his progress as a filmmaker and we look forward to seeing him working on feature films in the near future.”
Second place and $15,000 was awarded to P. Tavares of the USA for Do Not Disturb about a man and woman who wake to find themselves tied up, facing death and an unknown terror. The jury said it was ‘a brilliant film, and one that kept our attention from beginning to end’.
Arved Lindau of Germany won third place and US $5,000 for Grizzly. The judges admired the comedy-sci-fi, about a terror stalking the forests around a German village, saying “we loved the film’s exuberance, its attitude, and its characters – you can feel the pleasure that the filmmakers had in making it’.
Fourth place and $5,000 was awarded to Ujkan Hysaj of Kosovo, for Column, set during the Kosovo War. The jury noted that it showed ‘a different way to be afraid, presenting a world in which ethics and moral rules no longer apply’.
Nick Merola of the USA received fifth place and a prize of US $5,000 for Shattered Memories, the story of a father whose young son is possessed by a demonic spirit. The jury praised it as a film that ‘truly hit on primal fears, the horror of having to kill something that you love, and the ever-present bewitching quality of death’.
Read the press release!