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Enter AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest!

You’ve seen all the films, you’ve picked your favorites, and now you’re ready to make your predictions. Try your luck at predicting the 88th Annual Academy Award® winners with AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest!  The entrant who most closely predicts the winners of the categories below will win our soon-to-be-named new badge to the 2016 Austin Film Festival and Conference.  The contest will close at the …

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You’ve seen all the films, you’ve picked your favorites, and now you’re ready to make your predictions.

Try your luck at predicting the 88th Annual Academy Award® winners with AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest!  The entrant who most closely predicts the winners of the categories below will win our soon-to-be-named new badge to the 2016 Austin Film Festival and Conference.  The contest will close at the start of the Academy Awards® telecast on February 28th. Ballots are limited to one entry per person.

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No purchase necessary to enter or win AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest. Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules:

Contest is open worldwide to anyone with a valid email address. When entering the Contest, an opportunity to sign up to receive follow-up information from Austin Film Festival may be available. Entrants subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Employees or those living in the same household of Austin Film Festival and their respective parents, affiliates, prize suppliers, and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter or win. Entrants may need to provide further contact information upon request.

Austin Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.

Only one entry per person, duplicate entries will not be counted. In the event of a tie, winners will be chosen based on timing of entry.

Winners will be determined after the Contest’s end date and will be notified by email. Winners will be required to provide mailing address which will be used to fulfill the prize. At the discretion of the Austin Film Festival, Winner may be disqualified for any of the following reasons: not eligible based on the eligibility requirements set forth above. In the event it is determined within the specified time period, has made false statements or a prize notification is returned as undeliverable, then the Winner will be disqualified at Austin Film Festival’s sole discretion, the Entry with the next highest score may then be declared the alternate Winner.

Winner is solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with transportation and acceptance and/or use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including without limitation, and and all taxes (if any). Winner is not a recipient of a prize until they have been verified as the Winner by the Austin Film Festival. Upon fulfilling prize, Austin Film Festival will be deemed to have awarded the prize to the Winners and such Winners assume full responsibility for the prize. All prize details are at Austin Film Festival’s discretion.

Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prize won, and photograph (all at Austin Film Festival’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation notification or permission. Contest Parties and their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries; all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions with may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Austin Film Festival reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Austin Film Festival’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of Entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. Austin Film Festival reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries)) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operations of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Austin Film Festival reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent permitted by the law and to disqualify such contestant from the Contest.

Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Austin Film Festival reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

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First Round of 2016 Panelists

    2016 CONFIRMED PANELISTS Michael Botti Manager at Industry Entertainment Evan Bregman Head of Original Content, Portal A  Jack Burditt Creator Last Man Standing; writer/executive producer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, 30 Rock; writer/co-producer Fraiser Matthew Gross President, EuropaCorp TV Studios; producer Sons of Liberty, Body of Proof, Dirty Sexy Money, Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody, Day Break Jessica Julius Creative …

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2016 CONFIRMED PANELISTS

Michael Botti
Manager at Industry Entertainment

Evan Bregman
Head of Original Content, Portal A 

Jack Burditt
Creator Last Man Standing; writer/executive producer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, 30 Rock; writer/co-producer Fraiser

Matthew Gross
President, EuropaCorp TV Studios; producer Sons of Liberty, Body of Proof, Dirty Sexy Money, Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody, Day Break

Jessica Julius
Creative Executive of Development at Disney Animation

Aaron Kaplan
Manager Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment

Adam Kolbrenner
Co-founder Madhouse Entertainment

Roy Lee
Vertigo Entertainment; executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie

Tess Morris
Writer Man Up

Matt Selman
Writer/executive producer The Simpsons; writer The Simpsons Movie

Anne Cofell Saunders
Producer Chuck, Smallville; co-executive producer Revolution

Michael H. Weber
Writer (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, Me Before You (2016)

Gary Whitta
Writer After Earth, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Theyve marked their calendars. Have you?

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Guest Blog: Jeb Stuart

In excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Die Hard screening with Jeb Stuart next week, Austin Film Festival asked him a few questions about the film. Don’t miss this holiday classic on Tuesday, December 15th at the historic Paramount Theatre. More details can be found here.     Austin Film Festival (AFF): How did the job of adapting Nothing Lasts Forever into the beloved Die …

jebstuartIn excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Die Hard screening with Jeb Stuart next week, Austin Film Festival asked him a few questions about the film. Don’t miss this holiday classic on Tuesday, December 15th at the historic Paramount Theatre. More details can be found here.

 

 

Austin Film Festival (AFF): How did the job of adapting Nothing Lasts Forever into the beloved Die Hard come about?
Jeb Stuart (JS): This is a long story. The abridged version is that I had a writing deal at Disney and my wife was pregnant with our second child and I needed money. My reading period was approaching–that 5-6 weeks period after I officially deliver my draft to Disney that I become non-exclusive–so my agent Jeremy Zimmer, made a two calls and was able to get me projects at Paramount and Fox, the only hitch was that I had to write them both at the same time and in that six week window. I think I mentioned that I was hungry…
Anyway. I really loved the Paramount concept but had some initial trouble with the producers so turned all my attention on Nothing Last Forever, the Rod Thorpe novel, which was essentially about a 60+ year old man who comes to LA to visit his adult daughter who is culpable in a bad business deal and accidentally drops her off the top of a building on Wilshire Blvd. I had no idea how to make it into a movie, but like I mentioned I was desperate. Anyway one night after a long day of writing I got into an argument with my wife at dinner, stormed out of the house, which I never do, and got in my car to head back to my office at the studio. About five seconds after I pulled out of the driveway, I regretted not saying I’m sorry (she was right, I was wrong) and while I was driving down the 134 freeway heading to Disney and debating my best way back into an apology a stake-bed truck, loaded with appliance boxes in front of me on the 134, hit something and a tall refrigerator box land upright in front of me. I didn’t have a time to switch lanes and went right through the box at 65 mph. Fortunately, the box was empty. I pulled over to the side of the road, caught my breath and then realized what the movie was. It wasn’t about a 60 year old man who drops his daughter off the top of a building. It was about a 30 year old guy who should have said, he’s sorry to his wife and then something bad happens…

AFF: What’s your favorite one-liner that you wrote in Die Hard?
JS: I have a few and none of them are from John McClane. I have always loved the line: “I guess we’re going to need more FBI guys.” when the helicopter with the two Johnsons goes down. And I have a soft spot for Holly’s relieved line when she sees the terrorists angry, “Only John could make someone that mad.”

AFF: Did you know from the get-go that Die Hard was going to be so lauded as a holiday film? What is your personal go-to holiday film?
JS: I didn’t know Die Hard would ever be lauded ever much less as a holiday film. I did want to do an LA film where you felt it should snow at the end.

I’m a It’s a Wonderful Life guy. No competition.

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Announcing the 2015 Award Winners!

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2015 FILM COMPETITION, HISCOX INSURANCE AUDIENCE AND COURAGE AWARDS, AND SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS   AUSTIN, Texas— Nov. 10, 2015— Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier Festival to recognize the writer’s contribution to film, is pleased to announce its 2015 Jury and Hiscox Audience and Courage Award Winners in Film, as well as the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
2015 FILM COMPETITION, HISCOX INSURANCE AUDIENCE AND COURAGE AWARDS, AND SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS

 

AUSTIN, Texas— Nov. 10, 2015— Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier Festival to recognize the writer’s contribution to film, is pleased to announce its 2015 Jury and Hiscox Audience and Courage Award Winners in Film, as well as the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition winners.

The following Jury award winners were selected by category:

  • Narrative Feature: The Exile, written by Arturo Ruiz Serrano
  • Documentary Feature: Monsterman, directed by Antti Haase
  • Comedy Vanguard Feature: Baby, Baby, Baby, written by Brian Klugman
  • Dark Matters Feature: Sunny Side Up, written by Willem Bosch
  • Dark Matters Feature Honorable Mention: The Lion’s Path, written by Sophie-Anne Beaudry
  • Narrative Short: Vainilla, written by Susana López Rubio
  • Narrative Student Short: Kimi Kabuki, written by Yoko Okumura
  • Documentary Short: Chau, Beyond the Lines, directed by Courtney Marsh
  • Animated Short: The Meek, written by Joe Brumm
  • Scripted Digital Series: School Nurse, created by Tom Beach, Laura Boersma, and John Stewart Muller

After each Festival screening, audiences voted for the Hiscox Audience Awards, recognizing film favorites among the 2015 slate.

The following Hiscox Audience Award winners were selected by category:

  • Narrative Feature: Keep In Touch, written by Sam Kretchmar and Michael Covino
  • Documentary Feature: Mully directed by Scott Haze
  • Documentary Feature Honorable Mention: Of Dogs and Men directed by Michael Ozias
  • Dark Matters Feature:Reparation written by Kyle Ham and Steve Timm
  • Comedy Vanguard Feature: Baby, Baby, Baby written by Brian Klugman
  • Narrative Short: Best Wishes from Millwood written by Max Baker
  • Documentary Short: The Trials of Constance Baker Motley directed by Rick Rodgers
  • Animated Short: The Present written by Fabio Cavalcanti and Jacob Frey
  • Narrative Student Short: Amateur Dictator written by Zach Carver
  • Scripted Digital Series: Master Class created by Justin Wright Neufeld
  • Heart of Film: A Single Frame directed by Brandon Dickerson
  • Stories From Abroad: El Jeremías written by Ana Sofía Clerici
  • Texas Independent: Jack’s Apocalypse written by Will Moore
  • Marquee Feature: Until 20 directed by Jamila Paksima and written by Geraldine Moriba

One film was selected to receive the inaugural 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 best embraced the risk to share the story. The first ever Courage Award went to Jamila Paksima’s and Geraldine Moriba’s Until 20, the story of Texan James Ragan’s quest to live a full and meaningful life despite his terminal battle with osteosarcoma.

“Hiscox was honored to support Austin Film Festival and all of the inspirational films, filmmakers and subjects that made the week so special,” said Ben Walter, CEO of Hiscox USA. “We’re grateful to give the first Hiscox Courage Award to Until 20 and hope more people will be able to share the courageous life and story of James Ragan depicted in this film.”

In continuation of AFF’s mission to find and support independent filmmakers, three films were already picked up for distribution at this year’s Festival including Comedy Vanguard 3rd Street Blackout, The Teller and the Truth picked up by FilmBuff, and James Franco’s Memoria which was acquired by Monterey Media.

“Austin Film Festival is an exceptional source for a true audience reaction for independent films,” said Jere Rae-Mansfield, CFO & Managing Partner of Monterey Media. “We are so pleased to join them in our acquisition news.”

The following Screenplay Competition winners were selected by category:

  • Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Detroit by Robert Rue
  • Comedy Screenplay Award: Maxwell 2.0 by Paul Sanford
  • Enderby Entertainment Award: The Great Debate by David Hoffman
  • Darkwoods Productions Sci-Fi Award: The Innkeeper by Michael Catinari
  • Horror Award: 77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
  • AMC One-Hour Teleplay Pilot Award: Friend of the Devil by Michael Ouellette
  • Sitcom Teleplay Pilot Award: Newsperson by Michael Drake
  • Short Screenplay Award: The New World by Brian Rawlins
  • Scripted Digital Series Award: Creepypasta by Will Zech& Alex Cope
  • One-Hour Teleplay Spec Award: The Americans: Custody by Larry Caldwell
  • Sitcom Teleplay Spec Award: Workaholics: Bring Your Kid To Work Day by Greg Brainos

 

 

About Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival is a non-profit organization 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.

About Hiscox Insurance
Hiscox Entertainment Insurance provides policies written specifically to fit the needs of organizations throughout the entertainment industry including screenwriters, production companies, post production facilities, theatrical productions, touring entertainers and other related businesses.

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