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AUSTIN, Texas—Oct. 28, 2017— Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today the 2017 Script Competition Winners and the Film Competition Jury Award Winners. All award recipients will receive an array of cash prizes, reimbursement of travel expenses, and industry access and recognition.
The 2017 Script Competition Winners were chosen from a record field of 9,487 scripts entered in the Screenplay, Digital Series, Playwriting, and Fiction Podcast Competitions. Finalists were reviewed by an industry panel of judges including Amy Berg (writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci’s Demons), Max Borenstein (writer Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island), Christine Boylan (writer/producer Once Upon a Time, Castle), Steven Dietz (playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday), Sarah Gubbins (writer/co-creator/executive director I Love Dick), Kelly Masterson (writer Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Snowpiercer), Kay Oyegun (writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar), Pamela Ribon (writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2), Oren Uziel (writer 22 Jump Street, The God Particle), and Herschel Weingrod (writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions) among others.
The Fiction Podcast Script Competition, sponsored by PRI, was judged by an international panel of creators including John Dryden (Director of Scripted Programming, Panoply), Zack Akers (Limetown), Skip Bronkie (Limetown), Tim Street (VP Influence & Production, Authentic), Jocelyn Gonzales (Executive Producer, Studio 360), and Jeffery Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale).
The following winners were selected:
- Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Brokenhearted by Caroline Hopkins
- Comedy Screenplay Award presented by Sony Pictures Animation: The Olympian by Troy Anthony Miller
- Sci-Fi Screenplay Award presented by Skybound Entertainment: Every Horizon Beyond by Henry Tranton
- Enderby Entertainment Award: Apacheria by Andrew Reuland & Joey Grossfield
- Horror Screenplay Award: Family Photos by Chad Harris
- AMC One-Hour Pilot Award: Breakfield by Caitlin Schneiderhan
- Sitcom Pilot Award: The Big D by Jill Taylor
- Short Screenplay Award: Ringneck by Michael Allcock
- Scripted Digital Series Award presented by Stage 13: The Range by Adam Groff
- One-Hour Spec Award: Black Mirror: Punchbag by Steven Snell
- Sitcom Spec Award: You’re the Worst: Antiversary by Cara Brown
- Playwriting Award underwritten by Sweetwood Creative: Signature Photo by Michael Bucklin
- Fiction Podcast Award presented by Public Radio International: How to Build a Fire by Kat Sandler
Serving on AFF’s Film Competition Jury this year were established filmmakers and notable industry insiders, including representatives from Pixar Animation Studios, CBS Films, Showtime, ShortsTV, Dreamworks Animation, Gravitas Ventures, The Hollywood Reporter, and Gunpowder & Sky.
The following winners were selected:
- Narrative Feature: In Blue written by Jan-Willem den Bok and Jaap van Heusden
- Narrative Feature Honorable Mention: Boost written by Darren Curtis
- Documentary Feature in partnership with POV: Transformer directed by Michael Del Monte
- Comedy Vanguard Feature: Don’t Talk to Irene written by Pat Mills
- Dark Matters Feature: Freddy/Eddy written by Tini Tüllman
- Narrative Short presented by ShortsTV: Demon written by Caleb Slain
- Narrative Student Short: Towards the Sun written by Elie Choufany and Monica Santis
- Documentary Short: Los Comandos directed by Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz Preston
- Animated Short: Second to None written by Vincent Gallagher
- Scripted Digital Series presented by Stage 13: Cleaner Daze created by Tess Sweet and Daniel Gambelin
AFF’s 2017 Awards Luncheon was held at The Austin Club and was supported by the following sponsors: Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation; AMC; City of Austin Economic Development Department; Enderby Entertainment; POV; Public Radio International; Skybound Entertainment; Sony Pictures Animation; Shorts TV; Stage 13; Sweetwood Creative; Texas Commission on the Arts; Writers Guild of America, East;
About Austin Film Festival
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. 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. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.