Austin Audience Ballots Tallied, Winners Announced
by Eugene Hernandez
The Austin Film Festival, which was held earlier this month, has tallied
the ballots and announced the recipients of its first audience awards.
“Spaceman“, written and directed by Scott Dikkers, was selected as the
audience award winner for Best Competition Feature and “The Regulars“,
written and directed by Sarah Chumsky, was picked by audiences as the Best
Short Film. In the Best Non-Competition film category, S.R. Bindler’s “Hands On A Hardbody” and Neil Mandt’s “Hijacking Hollywood” tied for the audience
prize. “Truly Committed“, written and directed by Eric Kripke won the
audience award for Best Short Film.
Festival Program Director Jason White told indieWIRE yesterday that he
implemented a Festival audience award to “actively involve the AFF & Heart
of Film Screenwriters Conference attendees as well as the Austin filmgoing
public in the film festival process.” White also revealed that three films
were runners up for the audience prize, they are: Dan Zukovic’s “The Last Big Thing“, Mark Schwan’s “35 Miles From Normal“, and Robert Bella’s “Colin Fitz“.
According to organizers, a number of audience award winners have earned
industry buzz. Distribution talks continue for “Hands On A Hardbody”, while
“Spaceman” has hooked Harris Tulchin as a producers representative.
Additionally, indieWIRE learned yesterday that a handful of shorts have
garnered interest from agents and producers, including Chris Roy’s “A Banana”, Amy Veltman’s “Daisy Feldman’s New York“, Kat Smith’s “The Clearing“,
Adam Collis and Russell DeGrazier’s “Mad Boy, I’ll Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine“.