The menu, Piggy takes the honors

Another Fantastic Fest is coming to a close, and we’ve got the full list of Fantastic Fest 2022 award winners – including Searchlight Pictures’ upcoming release ‘The Menu’.

The film festival, held at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar in Austin, Texas, is one of the nation’s premier genre film festivals and has led to more acquisitions than South by Southwest, which has held in Austin each spring. A joyous celebration of all genres, this year was no different – with hyped titles like Searchlight’s “The Menu” and MGM’s “Bones and All” playing alongside more esoteric fare like “Shin Ultraman”. There was even a high-profile premiere from Marvel Studios in their upcoming black-and-white Halloween special, “Werewolf by Night” (which really knocked the house down).

“We really gave our jury members a hard time this year. We have no idea how they were able to choose between so many amazing films,” festival director Lisa Dreyer said in an official statement. “We are so grateful to all of our filmmakers for sharing their phenomenal films with our audiences, and the jury’s picks truly epitomize the wild and wonderful cinematic excellence that we love to champion at Fantastic Fest.”

In the ‘Main Competition’ feature film category, Eduardo Casanova’s ‘La Pietà’ won Best Picture while Best Director went to Ali Abassi for his chilling ‘Holy Spider’. In the “The Next Wave” category, Léa Mysius’ “The Five Devils” (coming soon on Mubi) won Best Film and Thomas Hardiman won Best Director for A24’s “Medusa Deluxe”. In the “Horror Feature” category, Carlota Pereda’s “Piggy” won Best Picture while Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero and Alejandro Brugués shared the Best Director award for the film. “Satanic Hispanics” anthology.

For “Shorts With Legs,” Kevin Ralston’s “Hubbards” won Best Picture and “Alegrias Riojanas,” directed by Velasco Broca, earned a Special Mention. In the “Short Fuse” category, “Ringworms” directed by Will Lee won Best Picture, while “Gnomes” directed by Ruwan Heggelman received a Special Mention. In the “Fantastic Shorts” section, “The Diamond” directed by Vedran Rupic won the best film award and “A Man Trembles” by Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen (Emoumie) got the special mention. For “Drawn and Quartered,” Boyoung Kim-directed “A Guitar in the Bucket” won Best Picture and Andrea Gatopoulos-directed “Happy New Year, Jim” earned Special Mention.

Finally, the Audience Award went to Searchlight’s “The Menu,” directed by Mark Mylod. See the full list of winners below and for more information on the award-winning films, go here.

And if you have severe FOMO, Fantastic Fest at Home starts online tomorrow.


Best film: LA PIETÀ directed by Eduardo Casanova

Best Director: Ali Abassi for HOLY SPIDER


Best film: THE FIVE DEVILS directed by Léa Mysius

Best Director: Thomas Hardiman for MEDUSA DELUXE


Best Film: PIGGY directed by Carlota Pereda

Best Directors: Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero & Alejandro Brugués for SATANIC HISPANICS


Best Film: HUBBARDS directed by Kevin Ralston

Special mention: ALEGRÍAS RIOJANAS directed by Velasco Broca


Best Film: RINGWORMS directed by Will Lee

Special mention: GNOME directed by Ruwan Heggelman


Best film: THE DIAMOND directed by Vedran Rupic

Special mention to A MAN TREMBLES directed by Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen (Emoumie)


Best Film: A GUITAR IN A BUCKET directed by Boyoung Kim

Special mention to HAPPY NEW YEAR, JIM directed by Andrea Gatopoulos


THE MENU directed by Mark Mylod

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