Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound took the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) top honour, the H.R. Giger “Narcisse” for Best Feature Film and 10,000 Swiss Francs.
Neuchâtel’s international jury was led by Edouard Waintrop (Artistic Director of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight) and also included Film4 FrightFest’s Alan Jones. Housebound will be an opening night film at FrightFest next month after its NZ premiere next week at the NZIFF.
NIFFF presented 108 films from 28 countries. 14 titles played in competition. NIFFF has had a good year, not least as a result of scoring Game of Thrones author George RR Martin as a masterclass presenter.
Housebound plays the NZIFF on on Saturday 26 July in Auckland. Director Johnstone and producer Luke Sharpe will talk with Jackie Van Beek (Go the Dogs, What We Do in the Shadows) at a special Writers’ Room on Tuesday 29 July ay 7pm at The Wintergarden (Civic Theatre).