F​ilm by Former BlueCat Winner Ana Lily Amirpour Wins Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

The Bad Batch, a film by former BlueCat competition winner Ana Lily Amirpour, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 10.

The movie tells the story of an off-kilter romance set within a cannibal community, and stars the likes of Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Suki Waterhouse. It was Amirpour’s second time in the director’s seat after making her debut with the acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in 2014.


Amirpour has come a long way since winning the BlueCat Screenplay competition in 2007. In an interview with BlueCat in 2012, she said she had no expectations after submitting the second script she had written into the contest.

“When I won, it was just, like, suddenly everything became really real,” she said. “It was the first thing to really make me believe it could happen. And it did happen.”

The Bad Batch was produced by Annapurna Pictures and Vice, and streaming giant Netflix is now reported to be working to acquire the movie’s subscription video on demand (SVoD) rights.

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