Monday, June 16, 2014

LITTLE NIGHTMARES: TASHA AND FRIENDS LEADS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

On Saturday, June 14th, Horror in the Hammer was a proud co-presenter of the 2nd annual Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival. Organized and programmed by HITH's own Darrell Marsh, Little Nightmares is an annual festival of 10 Canadian-made horror short films representing some of the best and most unique genre talents Canada has to offer.


One of the big draws of Little Nightmares is the fact that audiences vote for their favorite picks in the category of BEST SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR, and BEST FX. Today, the winners were announced with the the horror-comedy Tasha and Friends managing a near sweep. Wow!

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS


BEST SHORT: (TIE)
UNCOMMON ENEMIES & TASHA AND FRIENDS



In a surprise twist, two films walked away with the top honour this year! The audience was divided between Alex Hatz's Uncommon Enemies -- the tale of a hard-boiled US sergeant and a Nazi taking on vampires during WWII -- and director Greg Kovacs's Tasha and Friends: a homicidal muppet movie about a vengeful troop of puppets looking to exact revenge on their human co-star. Although every film received at least one vote for Best Short, audiences were clearly extra thrilled and chilled by Uncommon Enemies and Tasha and Friends. In 2013, Greg Kovacs and the Tasha and Friends production team won Best Short for their film THE POST-LIFERS.


BEST DIRECTOR:
TASHA AND FRIENDS (Greg Kovacs)


Not only did Tasha and Friends tie for Best Short but its director Greg Kovacs also took home the inaugural Best Director Audience Choice Award. With an eye for blending humor with horror, Kovacs lead Tasha and Friends on quite a sweep at this year's festival. A very honorable mention goes to Karen Lam, director of The Meeting, for coming in as a close runner-up.


BEST SPECIAL FX:
TASHA AND FRIENDS


Guts, gore, and puppets galore! Tasha and Friends completes a near-sweep by bagging the coveted award for Best Special FX. The audience of Little Nightmares 2014 obviously fell in love with Tasha and Friends's cast of mentally perverted puppets. With the accomplished work of special makeup effects artist Mitchell Stacey, Tasha and Friends solidified its domination of the audience choice ballot. Runner-Up: Dead Rush (dir. Zach Ramelan).


Congratulations to all the official selections and winners! To be alterted to next year's festival, please like its official Facebook page: facebook.com/LittleNightmaresCanadianHorrorShortsFestival

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