Spiderwood Studios to Sponsor Narrative Feature Film Award at Austin Film Festival
State-of-the-Art Production Studio Backs Film Competition at Festival Focused on Discovering New Talent
AFF Film Competition Submission Deadline July 14
AUSTIN, Texas – June 16, 2010 – The Austin Film Festival announced today that Austin-based motion picture, music and animation production facility Spiderwood Studios will award the Narrative Feature Winner, a sub-category of the AFF Film Competition, a $5,000 cash prize as well as $5,000 toward services at their studios.
For seventeen years, AFF has provided emerging filmmakers with a platform for screening their films in front of an audience of almost 30,000 and exposure to industry professionals. The Festival is among the select events accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, and all award winning narrative short and animated short films are also eligible for an Academy Award®. The 2010 Austin Film Festival will be held Oct. 21-28, 2010, and winners of the Film and Screenplay Competitions will be announced in Austin at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at The Austin Club.
In addition to the $5,000 cash prize, Spiderwood Studios will also donate $5,000 towards services at their studios, which could include Soundstages, Jumbor Cyclorama Wall, Edit Bay, Back Lot, and much more.
“Austin Film Festival is delighted that Spiderwood Studios is sponsoring the 2010 Narrative Feature Award. The ability to offer a larger cash award, in addition to use of their studio space for potential future projects, will hopefully assist the winning filmmaker in the promotion of their current film,” said Kelly Williams, Film Program Director for the Austin Film Festival.
1st Place Winners receive a cash prize of $5,000; $5,000 toward services at Spiderwood Studios; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2010 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the Film Festival; and the AFF Typewriter Award.
About Spiderwood Studios
SPIDERWOOD STUDIOS is a state-of-the-art, motion picture, music and animation production facility situated on 200-acres of diverse terrain along the banks of the Colorado River. Spiderwood Studios is fully equipped with sound stages, full service audio suites, production offices, 24’ x 100′ cyclorama wall, edit bays, render farm, R.V. park and 200 acres groomed for production backlot.
About the Austin Film Festival Film Competition
The AFF Film Competition encourages and advocates the work of new and talented filmmakers. One of the most respected competitions in the country, the AFF Film Competition provides emerging filmmakers the means to expose their work to major players in the entertainment industry.
Categories include: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Feature, and Documentary Short. The film competition has a late postmark deadline of July 2nd, and a very late postmark deadline of July 14, 2010.
Films can be submitted to the Austin Film Festival Competition three ways: on-line at www.austinfilmfestival.com/, through www.withoutabox.com or by Entry Form, available by calling 800-310-FEST (3378.)
For additional information on the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival and the Film Competition, including entry forms, submission fees and Competition guidelines rules, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call David Gil, Film Competition Programmer, at (512)478-4795.
About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.
The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.
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