The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Awards
2014 Portland Awards
The 2014 Portland awards were given out on the evening of Sunday, April 13, 2014. The award statuettes this year were provided by sculptors extraordinaire Joe Broers and Bryan Moore. Mr. Broers sculpted a rendering of Cthulhu as drawn by Lovecraft, which we awarded to Best Short, Feature, Screenplay, and Lovecraft Under The Gun winners, as well as the Pickman's Model sculpture that we awarded to our Pickman's Apprentice winner. Bryan Moore (of the H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project) sculpted the Brown Jenkin statuette that we awarded to the Throne of Chaos Award winner and the Audience Choice winner. We have officially retired the awards provided in previous years by Michael Jones, in honor of his sudden passing in September of 2013. We will always remember your contribution to our lives, Mike.
- Audience Choice Award - The Sunderland Experiment (USA; Adam Petke and Sean Blau)
First feature film to ever win this award, as voted on by our attendees!
- Best Feature - Feed The Light (Sweden; dir. by Henrik Möller)
- Best Short - Vomica (UK; Darren Ormandy and Andy Green)
- Best Screenplay - All Through The Night (by Edward Martin III)
- Pickman's Apprentice - Lee Moyer
In this competition, several artists compete to create a masterpiece in only 90 minutes, based on a theme suggested by the audience on the spot!
- Lovecraft Under The Gun winner - Somnaphage (Michael Entler, Kara Sowles)
Filmmaking teams had only 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and score a short Lovecraftian film. Team Amelus/Monsieur Soeur have won this challenge 3 years in a row, against stiff competition.
See more of Bryan Moore's work at Arkham Studios and more of Joe Broer's sculptures on his deviantArt site.
2013 Los Angeles Awards
The 2013 Los Angeles Festival awards were being sculpted by true Lovecraftian and festival friend, Mike Jones, whose work can be seen in many Hollywood films. Sadly, Mike passed away suddenly, mere days before the Los Angeles festival, where he planned to attend with finished award statues in hand. When we heard this truly shocking news in December, we mounted new award statues of Mike Jones's designs from our personal collection of his work for our award recipients. You will be missed, Mike.
- Judge's Award: RESET (Sweden; dir. by Marcus Kryler & Fredrik Åkerström)
- Audience Award: RESET (Sweden; dir. by Marcus Kryler & Fredrik Åkerström)
- Screenplay Award: "The Trench" by Zac Sutherland
2013 Portland Awards
The 2013 Portland awards were given out on the evening of Sunday, May 5, 2013. Each of our new style awards were specifically made for the festival, provided by awesome sculptor Mike Jones, finished in chrome, and mounted on a black marble block.
- Best of the Fest - George Jones & The Giant Squid (dir. by Vincenzo Perrella, Dan Osborn)
- Best Feature - The Thing on the Doorstep (dir. by Tom Gliserman)
- Best Short - Heartshot (dir. by Thomas Nicol)
- Best Adaptation - The Shunned House (dir. by Eric Morgret)
- Best Screenplay - Black Mountain Side (by Nick Szostakiwskyj)
- Pickman's Apprentice (Ghoul) - Mike Dubisch
- Lovecraft Under The Gun winner (Nightgaunt) - Folie a nix, uno, deux, tres by Team Amelus (Michael Entler, Kara Sowles)
Howie Award presented to C. Sandy Petersen
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival was proud to present the Howie award for Lifetime Achievement and contributions to the Lovecraftian genre to C. Sandy Petersen, the creator of the "Call of Cthulhu" role playing game. Sandy also infused games like Doom and Quake with cosmic horror elements. He spawned a whole genre of Lovecraftian games that continues today with numerous board and video games such as Mansions of Madness, Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, and many more. Not only did he introduce Lovecraftian elements to gaming, he introduced countless gamers to H.P. Lovecraft.
2012 Los Angeles Awards
The 2012 Los Angeles awards were given out the evening of Saturday, September 29. These included the "Deep One" by Mike Jones and the classic Brown Jenkin statuettes sculpted by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios, as well Moore's magnificent H.P. Lovecraft statue, aka the "Howie".
- Judge's Award: George Jones and the Giant Squid (dir. by Vincenzo Perrella & Dan Osborn)
- Audience Award: The Music of Jo Hyeja (dir. by Jihyun Park)
- Screenplay Award: "This Vehicle Has Been Checked for Sleeping Children" by John Burdeaux
The Los Angeles H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival was proud to bestow the 2012 "Howie" to writer and editor Michael Reaves for his contributions to Lovecraft cinema and literature. Reaves wrote the classic cartoon episode "Collect Call of Cathulhu" for The Real Ghostbusters (1987), the first time Cthulhu made an appearance on television. He also co-edited the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street featuring the mix of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft, including the Hugo-winning short story "A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman. The Howie award was presented by Marc Scott Zicree.
Photo: Michael Reaves holding his Howie (with Aaron Vanek, Marc Scott Zicree, and Mallory Reaves)
2012 Portland Awards
The 2012 Portland awards were given out on the evening of Sunday, May 13, 2012. Each of our new style awards were a cold cast bronze statuette, provided by awesome sculptor Mike Jones, mounted on a black marble block.
- Best of the Fest (Cthulhu Tiki) - Doctor Glamour (dir. by Andrew Jones)
- Best Feature (Deep One) - It's In The Blood (dir. by Scooter Downey)
- Best Short (Deep One) - Dumbshow (dir. by Jason Hooper)
- Best Adaptation (Cthulhu Tiki) - Die Farbe (dir. by Huan Vu)
- Pickman's Apprentice (Ghoul) - Nick "The Hat" Gucker
- Lovecraft Under The Gun winner (Nightgaunt) - Michael Entler
We had so many great films, it was really hard to choose! The runners up for Best Short included Stay At Home Dad (dir. by Andrew Kasch & John Skipp), Fortuna (dir. by Casey T. Malone), The Earth Rejects Him (dir. by Jared Skolnik), and Bedtime for Timmy (dir. by Thomas Nicol).
In addition to film awards, we also had two special awards, one for the winner of the "Pickman's Apprentice" event, where three artists competed to create an image in 90 minutes, based on a theme supplied by the audience, and another award for the winner of the "Lovecraft Under The Gun: 72 hour film project" event, where filmmakers had 3 days to make a Lovecraftian short film from start to finish.
Guest judge Guillermo del Toro announces the 2011 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® Brown Jenkin Short Film Awards (the 6" award was sculpted by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios), the awards were presented by the festival founder Andrew Migliore and the HPLFF-LA festival director Aaron Vanek at the Grand Warner in San Pedro on September 17, 2011.
- Runner up - Black Goat by Joseph Nanni
- Co-Winner - Static Aeons by Gib Patterson
- Co-Winner - Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven by Don Thiel III & Christopher Saphire
Chris and Don were there at the Warner Grand theater to accept their award, we sent the statue to Gib who was in New York at the time. Apparently Chris and Don said they were literally covering their mouths and waving their free hand to stay silent and listen to Guillermo's praise.
The festival founder also gave special consideration to "shadow of the Unnamable" by Sascha Renninger for Best Short Lovecraft Adaptation.
Once again we thank all the filmmakers for their submissions this year.
Thanks to all the filmmakers and screenwriters and authors for another great year. Here are this year's winners:
- Brown Jenkin Award for Best Weird Tale:
DERAILED by Nicolas Simonin
- Brown Jenkin Award for Best Lovecraftian Film:
Fyren (Keeper of the Light) by Robert P. Olsson
- Brown Jenkin Award for Best Comedy:
Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer by Andrew W. Jones
- Howie Award for Lovecraftian Cinema:
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (Andrew Leman and Sean Branney)
- Deep One Award for Best Screenplay:
Brian R. Hauser
- Special Audience Award for Most Disturbing Film:
To My Mother and Father by Can Evrenol
- Special Jury Award for Spirit of the Festival:
Call of C'thulu, Dunwich, and Rats in the Wall by students of the Vancouver Film School's The Interactive Lovecraft
- Special Jury Award for Spirit of the Festival:
Dagon by Stuart Gordon
- Festival Director Award for Best Cinematography and Sound Design:
40 Years by Russell Appleford
- Festival Director Edgar Award for Outstanding Effort:
The Tell-Tale Heart by Michael Swertfager
Congrats to all and our deepest thanks!
2009 Howie Award
The 2009 Howie award went to director and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon.
2009 Brown Jenkin & Audience Awards
The top winners, thanks to our great sponsors, get FilmTracker memberships and DVD replication from Bullseye disc.
- Relic of Cthulhu - Audience Pick (Best of Show), Best Comedy
- Dirt Dauber - Best Short
- Pickman's Muse - Audience Pick (Best Adaptation)
- Colour from the Dark - Best Feature
2009 Deep One Award
- Andrew Fuller's Effulgence - Best Screenplay
2008 Howie Awards
Both of these gentlemen have used Lovecraft's works as a springboard and have incorporated elements of it into there own works creating something new.
2008 Brown Jenkin Awards
The following films were some of the best at this years festival. Through a combination of guest judges, audience feedback, and festival director's input the following films were nominated , with the winners indicated:
- AM 1200 by David Prior — Best of Festival, Best Cosmic Horror Film
- Eel Girl by Paul Campion — Best Short Film, Best Special Effects, Best Comedy
- The Outsider by Doug Bradley — Best Dramatic Reading
- Alien Raiders by Ben Rock — Audience Award for Best Feature
- The Dunwich Horror and Others by Ryo Shingawa — Nominated for Best of Festival
- Morella by Jeff Ferrell — Nominated for Best Period Adaptation
- The Casting Call of Cthulhu by Joseph Nanni — Nominated for Best Comedy
- Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown by Frank Woodward — Nominated for Best Documentary
2008 Deep One Screenwriter Awards
The following screenplays were selected as best of out of a field of 54 entries. The head judges were author Robert M. Price, author Joseph S. Pulver, and festival director Andrew Migliore.
- Jeffrey Blake Palmer’s nightmare parade “The Sleeping Deep” won first prize
- Faisal A. Qureshi’s eerie “In Bright Darkness" won runner up
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to artist Bernie Wrightson
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to composer Richard Band
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to director John Carpenter
- The Brown Jenkin Award (Audience Pick for Best Short), awarded to Gary Irwin for Of Darkness
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Daniel Gildark for Cthulhu
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Balaji K. Kumar for 9 Lives of Mara
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Shawn Linden for Nobody
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to author Ramsey Campbell
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to author Robert Price
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Raymond Zablocki for Binding Silence
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Paul von Stoetzel for Asleep in the Deep
- The Brown Jenkin Award, awarded to Michael Granberry for From Beyond
- The H. P. Lovecraft Award, awarded to actor Christopher Heyerdahl
- The Brown Jenkin Award (Best of Festival), awarded to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for The Call of Cthulhu
- The Brown Jenkin Award (Audience Pick), awarded to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for The Call of Cthulhu
2004 and all previous years
- Information coming
The Howie Award
The H.P. Lovecraft Award (or "Howie"), is awarded occasionally to filmmakers, directors, writers, scholars, and other people or organizations that have produced significant contributions to the genre of cosmic horror, weird tales, and the promotion of Lovecraft and his work in particular. The award was sculpted by artist Bryan Moore and first awarded to festival director Andrew Migliore by Mr. Moore and fellow filmmakers for creating the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. It has since been awarded on a yearly basis.
The Brown Jenkin Award
The Brown Jenkin Award represents the subtle, wicked, and evergrowing influence of filmmakers specializing in cosmic horror and weird tales. The Brown Jenkin Award is awarded annually for a variety of categories, to filmmakers, for audience awards as well as juried prizes.
Deep One Award
The Deep One Award is presented for the best original screenplay submitted for the festival's screenwriting competition.
Audience Pick Award (Best of Fest)
Audience Pick Awards (Best of the Fest) are given to the films that generate the most widespread, enthusiastic response from festival attendees.