The second edition of the International Fantastic Film Festival of Manises: Maniatic, organized by the Cultural Association Ateneu Cultural Ciutat de Manises, and which took place from Tuesday 20 November in the Germanias de Manises Auditorium.

The festival was inaugurated with the short film out of competition ‘Extraños en la carretera’ (Spain), directed by Carlos Solano, the official section began with the short film “El escarabajo al final de la calle” by the Valencian director Joan Vives Lozano, This was the start of a program composed of 32 international short films, of which four were premieres in Spain and 11 premiered in the Comunitat Valenciana at the festival.

At the closing gala, conducted by the actor, monologist and YouTuber Moi Camacho. It was ‘Acide’ (France) the film that won the Best Short Film Award. He also received the award for Best Sound delivered by ‘The Last Monkey’. In addition, its protagonist embodied by the actor Sofian Khammes raised the Best Actor Award. The Russian actor Viktor Kruliak won a Mention for his memorable performance in the short film ‘Faith’. Similarly, the Best Actress Award went to Eva Larvoire, for her work in the Czech film ‘Supine’.

The Audience Award, sponsored by ASCOMA and endowed with € 500 has been awarded to ‘El escarabajo al final de la calle’ (Spain) directed by Joan Vives Lozano. Similarly, ‘El escarabajo al final de la calle’ (Spain) and ‘The Box’ (Slovenia), directed by Dusan Kastelic, were awarded the Special Jury Prize. Meanwhile, ‘Aurore’ (France) directed by Mail Le Mée lifted the awards for Best Direction and Best FX. The Álvaro Rodríguez Areny’s short film ‘Le Blizzard’ received the Honorific Mention for Best Direction.

‘Lay Them Straight’ (Canada) directed by Robert DeLeskie won the Best Screenplay award. The Maniatic for Best Cinematography went to Vladimir Egorov for his work in the short film ‘Faith’ directed by Tatiana Fedorovskaya (Russia), the Mention went to Cedric Larvoire for his cinematography in ‘Supine’ directed by Nicole Goode (Czech Republic). The new Prize awarded by Yamaha Music School Valencia that recognizes the Best Original Soundtrack went to Pau Loewe for ‘La Guarida’ (Spain).

In addition to the 20 films screened in the official section and 4 out of competition and 8 in the non-competitive children’s section; During the festival, their directors, producers, directors of photography, art directors and actors from Valencia, Bilbao, France, Canada and the Czech Republic presented their short films personally, generating interesting conversations with the public and other local audiovisual professionals.