‘Nightbreakers’ and ‘Vesper’ triumph at the Maniatic Film Festival 2022

VALENCIA. Maniatic, the Manises International Fantastic Film Festival, has awarded this afternoon the prizes to the short and feature films competing in the sixth edition of this contest. The awards ceremony was held at the La Beneficencia Cultural Center, in the closing ceremony that put an end to one of the most successful public editions to date.

The award for best short film has gone to nightbreakers, by Spanish filmmakers Gabriel Campoy and Guillem Lafoz, also authors of the script. In this short, a group of people lumber through a labyrinth of tunnels in the urban underground. They are breaking the absolute darkness with the abundant lanterns that they carry attached to their bodies, in baroque costumes loaded with batteries and lights of many kinds. On their journey they will have to face the dangers that lurk in the dark and, what is worse, themselves.

The award for best feature film has been for the Belgian production evening, directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper. Set in a dystopian future after the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed father, meets a mysterious woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength, and… his bio-hacking skills to fight for the possibility of a future.

Two American shorts, awarded for Best Direction and Best FX

In addition to the two main awards, Maniatic has given out more awards in different categories. Thus, the best direction has been for the American Eli Powers, author of Skin & Bonea short starring Amanda Seyfried, who also received the Best Cinematography award. Don’t go where I can’t find you, an Irish production, has received the Jury’s Special Mention. The award for Best Screenplay has gone to the French short You’re dead, Helen.

As for the performances, the award for best actress went to Marie Ruane (Don’t Go), and the award for best actor has been awarded ex aequo to Michael Socha (edicius), and Laurent Capelluto (essentiel). American production The Following Year has been recognized with the Best FX award, while the Belgian Transfer has received the special prize of the jury. The public has also issued its verdict and has awarded the Spanish feature film The Antares Paradox, by Luis Tinoco, and the French short film king of sea.

A jury of guarantees

The jury for the sixth edition of Maniatic is made up of professionals from different trades related to cinema: the actor Fernando Albizu, the also actor Gorka Lasaosa, the screenwriter Sofía Cuenca, the Valencian make-up artist José Quetglás, seven times winner of the Goya for best makeup , the producer Lorenza Tuan, and Laura Pérez Granel, illustrator and comic book author.

Sofía Cuenca has stated that in the selection of shorts “there has been a quality of cinema, of a true feature film; I’m a big fan of everything I’ve been able to see at this festival”. José Quetglás speaks of “a fairly high evaluation. In addition, there has been a great consensus when it comes to rewarding the works, and we start from the assumption that all the works are extraordinarily good because they are made with enthusiasm, and the same is true for feature films. I recommend Maniatic for future experiences.” Actor Fernando Albizu assures that Maniatic “is a wonderful festival, capable of attracting high-quality work; It has been difficult to decide who took each prize, but in the end we have reached a consensus. I recommend that you come and see all the shorts in future editions”.

The ten screening sessions and the closing gala have attracted more than 800 spectators to the Maniatic festival proposal. Víctor Palacios, director of the contest, has been very satisfied with this year’s edition. Both for the quality of the work and for the high public attendance. “The change to Valencia has been noticed, there has been a more regular influx of public and we have broken occasional attendance records. There has been much more attendance at feature film screenings than last year. All the short sessions have exceeded one hundred attendees and yesterday room 3 of Cines Babel, with 150 seats, was bursting. People have appreciated the fact that we came to Valencia, it seems that they have liked it a lot and have accepted the proposal with great warmth”. The celebration of Maniatic and the financial endowment of the awards would not be possible without the sponsorship of two entities: the Manises City Council and the Institut Valencià de Cinematografía (IVAC).

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