Noah Buschel's "Sparrows Dance" won the festival's best Narrative Feature.
The Austin Film Festival has announced its 2012 Film Competition winners from its seven categories. The films were selected from a record number of entries this year and were all chosen by industry jurors.
"Sparrows Dance" by writer/director Noah Buschel prevailed in the Narrative Feature category, while Jamie Meltzer's "Informant" won best Documentary Feature; Bryan Buckley's "Asad," which he wrote and directed, took home the award for Narrative Short; "Hatch" by writer/director Christoph Kuschnig and writer Karl Goldblat topped the Narrative Student Short category; Timothy Reckart's "Head Over Heels" won for Animated Short; best Documentary Short went to Chelsea Hernandez and Erik Mauck's "See The Dirt"; and "Crumbs," directed by Nicco Vasquez and written by Keith Limon, won the Young Filmmakers Competition.
The Austin Film Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the winning film in the Animated Short and Narrative Short categories ("Head Over Heels" and "Asad," respectively) are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award.