Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas’ EGO Scores Trio of Accolades Including Best Feature, Rob Jabbaz Takes Best Director, Special Jury Mention, and the Audience Award for THE SADNESS As Standouts of 2021 Winners.

[Monday, October 25, 2021 – Brooklyn, NY] The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival ended its 6th edition last Thursday with the sold-out closing night East Coast Premiere of Rob Jabbaz’s THE SADNESS at Nitehawk Cinema and announced today its jury and audience award winners. Launching on October 14th with the NY Premiere of MLUNGU WAM (GOOD MADAM), Brooklyn Horror is proud to have welcomed back an eager and excited audience who packed the cinemas after a one year pandemic related hiatus and hosted a majority of sold-out screenings, with special highlights being the festival’s 35mm projection of SESSION 9, presented for its 20th anniversary with lead actor and co-writer Stephen Gevedon in attendance, and the US Premiere of local filmmaker Edoardo Vitaletti’s debut THE LAST THING MARY SAW, with Rory Culkin and Vitaletti present for the Q&A.

(Further highlights of the festival include the world premieres of Adam Randall’s Netflix Original vampire feature NIGHT TEETH and Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas’ psychological social-media thriller EGO, which went on to win three awards including Best Feature. In addition to Rory Culkin, Stephen Gevedon, and Edoardo Vitaletti, Brooklyn Horror also welcomed composer Robert Pycior for the NY Premiere of WHAT JOSIAH SAW and the return of BHFF alumni filmmaker Perry Blackshear for the US premiere of his latest, WHEN I CONSUME YOU (read our review here), alongside the film’s stars, Libby Ewing, Evan Dumouchel, and MacLeod Andrews, as well as numerous local short filmmakers and an extended intro from author Kate Robertson ahead of the special 20th-anniversary screening of TROUBLE EVERY DAY.

In total, Brooklyn Horror 2021 hosted two World Premieres, two US Premieres, one North American premiere, one East Coast Premiere, and five NY Premieres, and screened 14 features and 49 shorts across all eight days of the festival, with over 93.5% of all available tickets sold and over 30 attending talent to celebrate the explosive return of the event.

Other winners included: Best Director and Special Jury Mention – Rob Jabbaz for THE SADNESS, Best Actor – Nick Stahl for WHAT JOSIAH SAW, Best Cinematography – Jenna Cato Bass for MLUNGU WAM (GOOD MADAM) and Best Short went to LA OSCURIDAD, directed by Jorge Sistos Moreno.

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