Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Held on Saturday March 15th 2020 at the

STARBURST International FILM FESTIVAL – MediaCityUK – Manchester.

Best Art and Design

Dead Air, director: Geoff Harmer, writer: Peter Hearn

Distinction in Sound

I Scream on the Beach, composer: Levi Miah, directors: Alexander Churchyard, Michael Holiday

Best Cinematography

Darling, Darling Wendy, director of photography – Beth Napoli

The Charlie Allbright Award

Royko’s Qubit Summer, director – Yuichi Kondo

This is a new award that honours the spirit of the late Dr Charlie Allbright, a colleague and academic dearly missed.

Best Screenplay

Scott Lyus, Black Mass

Best Performance

Johnny Vivash, Black Mass

Best Short

Eject, director – David Yorke

Best Director – sponsored by Fabulous Films

David Yorke, Eject

Best Feature sponsored by Horror Channel

Stay Out Stay Alive, director – Dean Yurke

Independent’s Day Award

Andrew Lee Potts

We congratulate all involved and all the filmmakers and actors who had movies and shorts screened at the festival.

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2019 Winners

With five features and 17 shorts in consideration for the STARBURST Fantasy Awards, the winners were:

Best Screenplay: Robert Duncan (Revenant Relocation Officers)

Best Short: Terminal (director Cal O’Connell, writer Max Gee)

Best Director: Lawrie Brewster (Automata)

Best Performance: Scarlett Rayner (Indweller)

Best Feature: Clickbait (directors Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola, writers Jeremy Long & Michael J. Epstein)

Independents Day Award: David Gilbank

Hall of Fame Award: Lloyd Kaufman

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2018


The STARBURST Fantasy Awards are the heart and soul of The STARBURST International FILM FESTIVAL. Putting a much needed spotlight on the talent currently emerging from genre cinema.

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2018 took place on Saturday, March 17th at the STARBURST International FILM FESTIVAL at The Landing at MediaCityUK.

The culmination of a highly successful event, the awards were chosen from the selection of independent films screened during the festival. Every film was fantastic in their own way, but there could only be a small number of winners:

Francesca Louise White for Dead Meet.

Echoes of the Passed, directed by Scott Lyus, screenplay by Tony Sands.

Emma Dark for Salient Minus Ten.

The Child Remains, directed by Michael Melski.

Margrét Helgadóttir for Pacific Monsters, published by Fox Spirit Books.

– Andy Collier, Tor Mian, co-directors of Charismata.

STARBURST wishes to congratulate all the recipients, and thank the filmmakers of every movie and short screened for helping make the festival a roaring success. Every screening room was packed and all the attendees had a fantastic time.

We would also like to thank The Landing at MediaCityUK for hosting the festival with us. We’re sure you’ll agree it was a stunning venue. We were also impressed with the brand new bar Social7, which opened to the public on March 19th on Floor 7 of The Landing at MediaCityUK.

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2016 – WINNERS

The STARBURST Fantasy Awards were held on Sunday 28th August 2016 in Manchester, getting off to a flying start. A good time was certainly had by all, from the guests such as Steve Pemberton, Toby Whithouse, John Glen, Peter Lamont, Virginia Hey, and Katy Manning to the scores of independent filmmakers who travelled from all over the world to support the screenings of their films.

The event culminated in a fantastic awards ceremony in which the most outstanding productions and talent were celebrated. The competition of entries was very tough, and every film screened deserved commendation. STARBURST thanks all the filmmakers and their cast and crew for contributing to making this year’s festival such a success.

There was also a special Hall of Fame Award, which was presented to Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, in recognition of his contribution to the genre and cult entertainment.

The awards were presented by original STARBURST publisher Dez Skinn and current editor Jordan Michael Royce. It was presided over by comedian and Big Finish voice actor Charlie Ross, and was sponsored by Horror Channel.

And the winners were:

Best Performance:
Darren Travers (Don’t You Recognise Me?)

Best Short:
Amor Fati (director: Thomas Morelli)

Young Filmmaker:
Parts (director: Naqqash Khalid)

Best Feature:
Good Tidings (director: Stuart W. Bedford)

Independents Day Award:
Christian Nicolson (This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy)

Hall of Fame Award:
Doug Naylor (writer / creator Red Dwarf)


The Landing