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2022 Official Award Winners

There are so many incredible entries, the task of sorting, judging and curating from the massive pool of creativity and talent that we see with each festival run is monumental. There are so many good choices, and simply not enough awards every year.

That said we would like to thank all of the filmmakers who submitted their projects for the '22 Festival. Your dedication to the craft speaks volumes and we wish you much success with your future films.

And now, it is with great pride that we announce the winners of the 2022 Macabre Faire Film Festival Awards!

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Best Screenplay

**Higher Methods**

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Best Cinematography

**Malibu Horror Story**

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Best Costume Design

**Bitter Taste of Ginger**

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Best Sound

**Malibu Horror Story**

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Best Soundtrack

**Alchemy of the Spirit**

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Best SPFX

**Super Z**

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Best VFX

**Agatha**

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Best Editing

**Living With Ghosts**

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Best Actor

**Xander Berkeley from Alchemy of the Spirit**

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Best Actress

**Sarah Cugini from Bitter Taste of Ginger**

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Best Supporting Actor

**Aaron Andrade from Higher Methods**

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Best Supporting Actress

**Jamie Lyn Bagley from Higher Methods**

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Best Director

**Scott Slone from Malibu Horror Story**

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Best Screenplay

**The Mill Creek Strangler**

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Best Cinematography

**LARVAE**

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Best Costume Design

**LARVAE**

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Best Sound

**Familiar**

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Best Soundtrack

**LARVAE**

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Best SPFX

**Escalation**

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Best VFX

**Human Trash**

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Best Editing

**The Unlocking**

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Best Actor

**Karlos Aurrekoetxea from Human Trash**

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Best Actress

**Nadia Alexander from Cutter**

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Best Supporting Actor

**Berk Ozturk from Stick a Fork in Me**

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Best Supporting Actress

**Linda Castro from Br0ken**

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Best Director

**Christian Bachini from Escalation**

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Best Feature Film

**Higher Methods**

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Best Foreign Feature Film

**My Inner Demon: A Geraldson Tale**

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Best Short Film

**Escalation**

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Best Foreign Short Film

**Escalation**

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Best Super Short Film

**Patricia Sterling**

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Best Music Video

**The Tell Tale Heart - Narrator's Theme Song**

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Best Animated Film

**Calliope**

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Best Student Film

**A New World**

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Best Documentary

**Living With Ghosts**

 

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Congratulations to All!!!

And The Winner is...

**Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor - Aaron Andrade, Best Supporting Actress - Jamie Lyn Bagley**

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Higher Methods
Higher Methods is the story of Matthew, an actor whose sister went missing years prior. One day he’s at the movies and sees his sister as an extra who hasn’t aged a day. He embarks on a quest to find out what happens to her. He spirals down a rabbit hole into the dark, cultish world of drug addicts, freaks, the black sheep, the wannabe actors led by a menacing and intellectual acting mentor.

**Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Director - Scott Slone**

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Malibu Horror Story
Terror strikes when a team of paranormal investigators search a sacred Native American cave for clues in the unsolved disappearance of four local teens.

**Best Costume Design, Best Actress - Sarah Cugini**

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Bitter Taste of Ginger
Ginger, a recent widow, takes up autoerotic asphyxiation to work up the nerve to kill her abusive mother-in-law, Ginny.

**Best Soundtrack, Best Actor - Xander Berkeley**

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Alchemy Of The Spirit
The Great American artist, Oliver Black wakes to discover his wife, Evelyn has died in their bed overnight. Brimming with magical realism, we enter a world in which the misconceptions of our belief in a solid reality are revealed.

**Best SPFX**

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Super Z
A zombie family, genetically modified by a mad scientist, gets out from a clandestine laboratory. In spite of mercenaries going after them, they’re about to spread chaos.

**Best VFX**

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AGATHA
The film follows “The Professor”, a man suffering from a terminal disease, who by a twist of fate, witnesses an incredible event involving his mysterious neighbor Agatha. Hoping to find a cure to his sickness - he agrees to follow her on a strange and risky journey into a forgotten but not entirely deserted urban wasteland.

**Best Editing**

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Living With Ghosts
This film follows three stricken widows on their search for relief, culminating in a controversial study at the University of North Texas. There, scientists are working to reduce acute grief symptoms by facilitating sensory "reconnections" between survivor and deceased — the first publicly-funded research of its kind.

**Best Screenplay**

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The Mill Creek Strangler
A woman obsessed with a local serial killer finally gets to meet him one night when he shows up to her house to kill her.

**Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Soundtrack**

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LARVAE
Turin, 1909. Cesare Lombroso, the world-famous founder of the School of Criminal Anthropology, arrives at the isolated mansion of Lazar, an elderly illusionist. Lombroso, attracted to Spiritualism, challenges Lazar: to prove that the supernatural exists and that it may be the cause of a heinous crime.

**Best Sound**

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Familiar
It is 1942, in the dark woods of Pennsylvania, Richard Mason is the Familiar to a hideous ancient vampiric creature living in the bowels of an isolated mansion. Every day he must bring a new victim for it to feed on and tolerate its physical and mental abuse.

**Best SPFX, Best Director - Christian Bachini, Best Short Film, Best Foreign Short Film**

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Escalation
In the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chris, a paranoid and self-centered man, is happily avoiding all human contact, preferring to escape from reality in whatever's on TV. When a friend reaches out to him to confront him about his past promises, Chris has to decide what kind of person he is inside, or it may just eat him...alive.

**Best VFX, Best Actor - Karlos Aurrekoetxea**

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Human Trash
A boy is thrown into a trash container from the future. In his frantic search for the exit, he runs into a misterious man, who will make him doubt the origin of his own existence.

**Best Editing**

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The Unlocking
Elliot struggles with OCD, locking his door all night, every night. One night he decides to not lock the door, and is horrified when he encounters a strange intruder.

**Best Actress - Nadia Alexander**

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Cutter
A teenage cutter in recovery and her overbearing mother are haunted by a ghost who seeks to keep them at odds.

**Best Supporting Actor - Berk Ozturk**

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Stick A Fork In Me
Anthony has invited some friends over for a very special dinner. On the menu; his own recently amputated arm. Unfortunately, not all his guests can stomach the idea.

**Best Supporting Actress - Linda Castro**

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Br0k3n
Candace is a successful attorney, engaged to her dream guy, whose life should be right on track. Despite the best efforts of her sympathetic psychiatrist, Dr. Wright, Candace begins to spiral into a familiar pattern of losing touch with reality. This dark, psychological thriller will leave you wondering what’s real and what’s all in your mind.

**Best Foreign Feature Film**

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My Inner Demon: A Geraldson Tale
Despite a bitter depression over the poor reception of his debut film, “Murder Box”, in September of 2020, filmmaker/comedian Gerald Varga, aka "Gerry Geraldson", began work on a new creative endeavor.

**Best Super Short Film**

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Patricia Sterling
A bored, affluent woman sets out to fill the void in her life by sadistically tackling a "Worst Ways to Die" list she finds on the internet.

**Best Music Video**

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The Tell Tale Heart - Narrator's Theme Song
Sonny Grimsley descends into madness as he is haunted by the “evil eye” of the Old Man. Sonny murders the Old Man in his bed and hides his body under the floorboards. Sonny’s frail mind begins to unravel when Detective Tucker and Officer Sharpe come to inquire about the Old Man’s whereabouts.

**Best Animated Film**

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Calliope
The main character is a young man. He has everything, but he doesn’t really feel or enjoy anything, he’s bored. He explores a hidden, underground club, Calliope, in a hope of fulfilling his desire for adventure. The bizarre, kinky, dark and decadent world of Calliope reveals for him, plays with him, then starts to absorb him. The club shows its real self. The exiting fantasy world at the beginning transforms into a horroristic nightmare, where you never want to return to... do you? 

**Best Student Film**

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A New World
A working-class man has to choose between staying in the room where he lived all his life or defying the mysterious figure that holds him captive.

**Best Documentary**

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Living With Ghosts
This film follows three stricken widows on their search for relief, culminating in a controversial study at the University of North Texas. There, scientists are working to reduce acute grief symptoms by facilitating sensory "reconnections" between survivor and deceased — the first publicly-funded research of its kind.
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