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Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Absence' Wins Top Award at Comic-Con Film Festival

The event, now in its 17th year, honors the best in independent genre films.

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The Absence, a sci-fi-tinged thriller written and directed by Alex DeMille, won the judges’ choice award at the 17th annual Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival

The movie also won for best film in the science fiction/fantasy film category.

The festival, now in its 17thyear, honors the best in indie genre movies, with entries this year coming from as far away as Israel and Chile. The judges included Steve Charles Jaffe, who won last best documentary last year for Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird), Fanboys director Kyle Newman and THR’s Borys Kit

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Natural 20, about the interactions between four people playing a Dungeons & Dragons-style game, won best humor film.

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling won for best documentary while Lost Rites, which stars Jonathan Schaech and is based on a comic by a former Disney animator, won best comics-oriented film.

Wait for Rain, from Canadian writer-director Kyle Rideout, won best science fiction/fantasy film.

Bridges – A Living Graphic Novel won best action/adventure film, while Wolf Dog Tales, based on Aboriginal myths, won best animated film.