Martín’s macabre psychological thriller focuses on the relationship between two very good friends, David (played by David Pareja, “Killing God”) and Javier (Javier Botet, “It”, “Alien Covenant”), which progressively becomes a dangerous one. close to madness and even cannibalism, after the former has to take care of the latter, left with serious sequelae following an accident.
The winners of the prizes offered in the four competition sections were announced in a gala that took place on Sunday evening, at the Reduta Cultural Center in Brasov and was presented by the actor Ştefan Iancu.
The jury consisted of Chris Orgelt, chairman of the jury (Belgium, program manager Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival), Aurélia Mengin (France, filmmaker) and Dorian Boguţă (Romania, actor, director).
The jury also awarded two special mentions for the feature film section: “Terminal Station” (Brazil, 2019) and “Deodato Holocaust” (Brazil, 2019), which received the award for best documentary.
The honorary title “Countess Dracula” was awarded to Canadian actress Debbie Rochon. The awarding of this distinction is a tradition of the festival, and among those who received the trophy are the director Lamberto Bava, the actor Armand Assante and the master of special effects Sergio Stivaletti.
This year she was offered for the first time to a female personality from the genre film industry, actress with roles in over 250 film productions, screenwriter and multi-award winning director, producer reputed in the indie-horror space.
The “Vladutz” trophy, for the best Romanian short film, was awarded to the film “Thank You for Your Teeth!” (Romania, 2020), directed by George ve Gänæaard and Horia Cucută.
The “Little Dracula” trophy, for the best international short film, was awarded to the Italian production “The Recycling Man”, directed by Carlo Ballaur.
The jury of the short film competition consisted of Sorina-Adina Vazelina, graphic designer, Paul Mureşan, animator, and Alexandru Lamba, SF writer.
The jury also awarded a mention in the short film section, for “Death and the Knight” (Romania, 2020), directed by Radu Gaciu.
The “Dracula Digital” trophy and the prize of 200 euros, awarded to young people aged between 16 and 29, were won by the short film “Imagine 2020”, a film made with a mobile phone by a team from Brunei, consisting of Sahriz Azim Sahrun, Philip Lim Shen Huei, Sahira Shahminan. The keywords of this year’s Dracula Digital competition were “Thumb”, “Oak” and “Iron”.
The Dracula Digital jury consisted of Gabriel Bălănescu (photographer, anthropologist), Anghel Damian (actor, screenwriter and director) and Ştefan Iancu (actor).
Dracula Film Festival ended with the world premiere of the documentary “In Search of Dracula’s Castle” (USA, Romania, Moldova 2020), a documentary made by Bram Stoker’s great-great-grandson, Dacre Stoker.