Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 Austin Film Festival Announces Film and Screenplay Winners

Austin Film Festival (AFF) Announces Winners of 2016 Film and Screenplay Competitions, Hiscox Insurance Audience and Courage Awards

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AFF, the premier Festival to recognize the writer’s contribution to film, announces its 2016 Jury Award winners, Hiscox Audience and Courage Award Winners.

The following film Jury Award winners were selected by category:

Narrative Feature presented by Seed&Spark: Boys in the Trees, written by Nicholas Verso

Documentary Feature presented by POV: Santoalla, directed by Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer

Comedy Vanguard Feature: Hot Air, written by Jeremy M. Goldstein and Derek Sieg

Dark Matters Feature: The Cliff, written by Natxo Lopez, Andres Martorell, Helena Taberna

Narrative Short: Lucy in My Eyes, written by Megan Park

Narrative Student Short: The Art of Not Appearing, written by Pernille Rivedal Hellevik

Documentary Short presented by IDA: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, directed by Frank Stiefel

Animated Short: Hugo Bumfeldt, written by Eva Katinka Bognaar

Scripted Digital Series presented by New Form Digital: Guest Appearances, created by Elizabeth Guest

The Hiscox Audience Award winners are:

Narrative Feature: Blood Stripe, written by Remy Auberjonois and Kate Nowlin

Documentary Feature: Berlin Rebel High School, directed by Alexander Kleider

Dark Matters Feature: Found Footage 3D, written by Steven DeGennaro

Comedy Vanguard Feature: Brave New Jersey, written by Michael Dowling and Jody Lambert

Narrative Short: Killing Thyme, written by Natalie Malla

Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, directed by Frank Stiefel

Animated Short: Moon of a Sleepless Night, written by Takeshi Yashiro

Narrative Student Short: Red Apples, written by Ophelia Harutyunyan

Scripted Digital Series: The Listening Box, written by Westin Ray

Heart of Film: American Wrestler: The Wizard, written by Brian Rudnick

Stories From Abroad: My Mother’s Wound, written by Ozan Aciktan, Ozan Guven, Fethi Kantarci, Uygar Sirin, Mehmet Turgut, Funda Cetin

Texas Independent: Homestate, written by David Hickey and Blaise Miller

Marquee Feature: Lion, written by Luke Davies

One film was selected to receive the Hiscox Courage Award. Voted on by the audience, the Hiscox Courage Award is presented to the film that best embodies the virtue of courage and to the filmmaker who embraced the risk to share the story. The 2016 Courage Award went to Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.

The following Screenplay Competition winners are:

Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Static by Henry Jones

Comedy Screenplay Award presented by Sony Pictures Animation: Dinner with Friends by Geeta Malik

Sci-Fi Screenplay Award: Static by Henry Jones

Enderby Entertainment Award: Static by Henry Jones

Vertigo Entertainment Horror Award: Rock Point Draw by Jeremy David Lee

AMC One-Hour Pilot Award: The Devil and the Deep by Kyle Bugg

Sitcom Pilot Award: Losing It by Louise Rozett

Short Screenplay Award: Futurehealth by Sarah Polhaus

Scripted Digital Series Award presented by New Form Digital: Main Stream by JC Conklin

One-Hour Spec Award: Fargo: The Hunt for the Cobra King by Sarah Beckett

Sitcom Spec Award: Broad City: Short Term Effort by Greg Wayne

Widely known as “The Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

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