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Heavy Hitting HorrorFest 2014 Awards and Recap

What a show. Over 20 short horror films screened at the Heavy Hitting HorrorFest B-Grade Throwdown this year and the rowdy crowd of costumed horror fans packed into the Fairmont Chateau Whistler ballroom. The talent and creativity on screen was amazing this year and the costumes and energy of the audience was equally impressive. In the end, returning champion Gigi Saul Guerrero reclaimed “Best in Show” honours and the Gibbons Life briefcase full of cash.\The biggest reward of the night, however, was bringing the Whistler film community and fans together once again (with more than a few newcomers and out of town talent) to celebrate independent cinema and hopefully inspire everyone involved to continue (or start) making the kinds of movies they want to see. Thanks to all who attended all the performers, filmmakers, Dj’s, artists and photograpers involved. And a special thanks to our generous sponsors and festival partners — without them, we would have been unable to award the prizes listed below. Happy Halloween! Feet Banks co-founder Heavy Hitting HorrorFest

Best in Show - “El Gigante”

Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero/ LuchaGore Productions Heavy Hitting Silver Skull Trophy $2000 Cash courtesy of Gibbons Life $3000 credit at William F White international Landyatchs Long board Industry Pass at the Whistler Film Festival $500 Champion Bar Tab at Garfinkels Nightclub 1-Hour Massage with Magda at Whistler Awesome Arts Academy Wilderness Tour for 4 with Canadian Wilderness Adventures

People’s Champ - “Dickproof”

Director: Sam McGlyn Love Jules Leather Championship Belt $500 Cash courtesy of Canadian Wilderness Adventures Tour for 2 at Canadian Wilderness Adventures Landyatchz Skateboard Content Connect pass at the Whistler Film Festival Gift Card for Garfinkels Nightclub

Erin Solowey “Manimal” Award for Most Fearless Performance

Winner: Pete Crutchfield, “Vote for Pete’s Sake” Manimal Trophy Landyatchs Skateboard and Gear Tickets to the Whistler Film Festival Late Night program Glass Bong from Weeds Glass and Gifts 1-Hour Massage with Magda at Whistler Awesome Arts Academy 2-week pass to the Whistler Awesome Arts Academy Gift Card for Garfinkels Nightclub

Best Actor

Joel Aroint , “The Price of Silence” Content Connect pass at the Whistler Film Festival Winter Pass to the Sea to Sky Gondola courtesy of Whistler Creek Performers

Best Actress

Kayla Bigras - “Moloch” Content Connect pass at the Whistler Film Festival Winter Pass to the Sea to Sky Gondola courtesy of Whistler Creek Performers Best Nude Scene Winner: Chelsea Kozlan in “Dickproof”, “Diesel Dick” and “Mr. Nice Guy” $100 cash and Sandbox prize pack Floatation Therapy package courtesy West Coast Float

Rookie of the Year

Winner: “Paint the Forest Red” Director: Leigh Powis Content Connect pass at the Whistler Film Festival Landyatchs Skateboard and Gear

Best Effect

Winner: Head Smash in “The Price of Silence” $250 cash from Lux Visual Effects 2-week pass to the Whistler Awesome Arts Academy

Best Cinematography

Director of Photograhy Martin Lenes - “Moloch” 1-Hour Massage with Magda at Whistler Awesome Arts Academy 2-week pass to the Whistler Awesome Arts Academy $250 at Hy’s Steakhouse

Best Sound

Winner: “El Gigante” Tickets to the Whistler Film Festival Late Night program 1 Day in the Studio at WMN Studios- Whistler

More photos from the Horrorfest are on the way, so here's a few choice pics for now