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2010 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 8, 2010

Film festival poster featuring a movie screening while the theater burns

The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival wrapped up another highly successful edition, its third, on Dec. 5 where it gave out 10 awards — 9 to the films and 1 to an audience member!

First up, Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson’s horrifically offensive — and absolutely hilarious — gross-out comedy The Taint continues to rack up the accolades when it took home MUFF’s biggest award, Best Film, which also earned the filmmakers seven free days of soundstage time courtesy of Random Original Productions. The film previously won a Director’s Choice award at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and the Best Director award at the Syracuse International Horror, Science-Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival. You can read the Underground Film Journal review of this movie here.

Other notable wins include Australia’s Carmilla Hyde, directed by Dave de Vries, which took home Best Foreign Film. Dynamite Swine, directed by Mark Poisella, won the Audience Choice award; while Russell Anway’s This Time Tomorrow and Twoey Stein, John Davis and Jack Pigozzi’s The Unattainable took home the Directors Award and the Underground Spirit award respectively.

And in an interesting twist in film festival awards, ticket holder Michele Rockne won the Best Audience Member award.

The full list of winners is below:

Best Film
The Taint, dir. Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson (Read the review)

Best Documentary
Speakers Corner, dir. Gavin White

Best Foreign Film
Carmilla Hyde, dir. Dave de Vries

Directors Award
This Time Tomorrow, dir. Russell Anway

Best Sound Award
Hunting Buddies, dir. Bill Cooper

Underground Spirit Award
The Unattainable, dir. Twoey Stein, John Davis and Jack Pigozzi

Best Cinematography Award
The Telephone Game, dir. Jason Schumacher

Audience Choice Award
Dynamite Swine, dir. Mark Poisella

Best Audience Member
Michele Rockne