Fantaspoa 2021 Announces the Award Winners for Its Second Online Edition

Brazilian genre-film festival Fantaspoa served up an amazing array of horror, science fiction, thriller, and other exciting movies for its second online edition, as the fest’s 2021 awards attest. Following is the official press announcement for Fantaspoa’s wrap-up of this year’s edition.

The seventeenth edition of Fantaspoa was again a landmark for the long-running Brazilian genre festival. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Latin America’s largest genre film festival celebrated its second online edition, with free access within Brazil to all festival content. In total, 160 films from over 40 countries were exhibited, including 57 features and 103 shorts. The massive virtual event took place from April 9th through 18th on the Brazilian streaming platform, Wurlak — and the festival proudly presented fourteen masterclasses along with 29 Q&As with filmmakers from around the globe.

According to festival directors and producers João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, this was the finest edition of the festival they’ve presented thus far, even with the ongoing pandemic. Fantaspoa 2021 proudly received a special grant from the Brazilian government which was offered to relevant cultural events amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and, therefore, all festival content was offered free of charge in an attempt to combat social isolation through digital gatherings.

In spite of the many online events taking place simultaneously in Brazil, the festival tallied its largest audience in its seventeen-year history: with a record-breaking 85,000 virtual attendees.

The winners awarded at Fantaspoa 2021 are as follows:

International Competition

Jury Members were Beatriz Saldanha, Fernando Sanches, and Renné França

Best Actor:  Numan Acar (In the Shadows)

Najarra Townsend, The Stylist

Best Actress:  Najarra Townsend (The Stylist)

Best Digital Special Effects:  Christopher Alender and Nick Lively (The Old Ways)

Best Art Direction:  Alessandro Marvelli (This Game’s Called Murder)

Best Screenplay:  Roberto de Feo, Lucio Besana and Margherita Ferri (The Nest)

Best Direction:  Junta Yamaguchi (Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes)


Best Film:  Jumbo, d. Zoé Wittock

Honorable Mentions:

Best Pus Bath:  Cist, d. Tyler Russel

Best Carnage:  Benny Loves You, d. Karl Holt

Best Use of Cinematography for Narrative Intention:  Dancing Mary, d. SABU

Ibero-American Competition

Jury Members were Domício Grillo, Márcia Deretti, and Marina Kerber

Best Actor:  Pepe Soriano (Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man’s Night)

Best Actress:  Marilú Marini (Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man’s Night)

Best Screenplay:  Cristian Ponce (History of the Occult)

Cemetery of the Lost Souls

Best Direction:  Rodrigo Aragão (The Cemetery of the Lost Souls)

Best Feature:  History of the Occult, d. Cristian Ponce

Honorable Mention:

The Returned

“For the way in which it portrays the characters and themes of the female universe in fantastic cinema, and for the aesthetic construction of its images.”

Short Film Competition

Critics’ Award Jury Members were André Kleinert, Carol Zatt, and Daniela Strack

Best Brazilian Short:  The Ferry, d. Nilton Resende

Best International Animated Short:  Genius Loci, d. Adrien Mérigeau

Best International Live-Action Short:  Figurant, d. Jan Vejnar

Animated Feature Competition

Jury Members were Demian Rugna, Mike McCutchen, and Pedro Rivero

Frank & Zed

Best Film:  Frank & Zed, d. Jesse Blanchard

Honorable Mention:

The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks

“For its complexity and masterful animation.”

Audience Awards

Best Brazilian Short:  AzulScuro, d. Evandro Caixeta and João Gilberto

Best International Animated Short:  Un Coeur D’Or, d. Simon Fillot

Best International Live Action Short:  Moment, d. Geoffrey Uloth

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

Best Feature:  Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, d. Junta Yamaguchi

The full awards ceremony is available to view at

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.