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Underdogs Dominate the Austin Film Festival Winners

Underdogs Dominate the Austin Film Festival Winners

The Austin Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2014 screenplay and teleplay competition, as well as the juried film competition and audience awards.

A record number of 6,764 scripts were received for the writing competitions, which were judged by an industry packed jury, including Vera Blasi (co-writer "Tortilla Soup"), Wendy Calhoun (writer/producer "Justified," "Revenge," "Nashville"), Sabrina Dhawan (writer "Monsoon Wedding"), Stephen Falk (creator/executive producer/showrunner "You’re the Worst;" co-executive producer "Orange is the New Black,"" Weeds"), Mark Goffman (executive producer "Sleepy Hollow," "White Collar;" co-executive producer "Elementdary"), James V. Hart (writer "Bram Stoker’s Dracula," "Hook"), Jenny Lumet (writer "Rachel Getting Married"), Oren Uziel (writer "22 Jump Street," "The Kitchen Sink") and Herschel Weingrod (producer "Falling Down;" writer "Trading Places").

For the juried film competition, Animated, Documentary, and Narrative Short Jury Winners are eligible for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences nominations.

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The complete list of winners is below:

Film Jury Award winners

Narrative Feature: 
"The King’s Surrender" written by Philipp Leinemann

Documentary Feature Jury Award: 
"Once Upon a Crime: The Borrelli-Davis Conspiracy" directed by Sheldon Wilson

Dark Matters Feature: 
"One Eyed Girl" co-written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna

Comedy Vanguard Feature: 
"Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero" co-written by Maz Jobrani and Amir Ohebsion

Narrative Short: 
"Skunk" written by Annie Silverstein

Documentary Short: 
"The Next Part" directed by Erin Sanger

Animated Short: 
"Between Times" co-written by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter

Narrative Student Short:
 "Luke" written by Conor Hamill

Young Filmmakers Program Competition Grand Prize: 
"Special Is Just a Word" written by Abby Thompson

Audience Award Winners

Narrative Feature: 
"Terrible Love" co-written by Luke Helmer and Christopher Thomas

Documentary Feature:
"The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young," co-directed by Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane

Dark Matters Feature: 
"The Suicide Theory" written by Michael J Kospiah

Comedy Vanguard Feature: 
"Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero co-written by Maz Jobrani and Amir Ohebsion

Narrative Short: 
"Mimi & Me" written by Marly Reed

Documentary Short:
 "Albert" directed by Daniel Jaffe

Animated Short: 
TIE "The Dam Keeper" written by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi | The Last Resort written by Gillian Park

Student Short: 
"Luke" written by Conor Hamill

Heart of Film:
"Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West" co-written by Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson, and Gregory

Stories From Abroad: 
"Taking it Back" written by Andreas Schmied

Texas Independents:
 "Flutter" written by Eric Hueber

Marquee Feature: 
"Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me" directed by James Keach

Screenplay and Teleplay Award Winners

Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: 
"Dead River Girl" by Morris Long

Comedy Screenplay Award:
 "Three Months" by Jared Frieder

Enderby Entertainment Award:
 "Suicide Boy" by Laura Hainke

Fade to Black Award: 
"I Fucked James Bond" by Josh Hallman

Darkwoods Productions Horror Award:
 "The 700 Year Itch" by Molly Stein & Moon Unit Zappa

Darkwoods Productions Sci-Fi Award: 
"The Incomparable Donald Strange" by James Fant & Zach Cannon

AMC One-Hour Teleplay Pilot:
 "Ascension" by Wes Brown

Sitcom Teleplay Pilot:
 "Great Points Park" by Danny Sullivan

One-Hour Teleplay Spec:
"The Americans: Barium Meals" by Adam Turner

Sitcom Teleplay Spec: 
"Bob’s Burgers: Mr. Whiskers" by Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija

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