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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL AND ROOSTER TEETH ANNOUNCE NEW FELLOWSHIP AWARD
The Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award will be presented as part of AFF’s Script Competitions
AUSTIN, TX (March 19, 2019) — Austin Film Festival (AFF) and Rooster Teeth are partnering to launch the Inaugural “Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award” to be presented at the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival. This new award will be available in conjunction with AFF’s existing Script Competitions and is open to all scripted submissions that embody the Rooster Teeth genre.
The Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award is open to original scripts in the following categories: features, TV pilots, digital series, and fiction podcasts. The fellowship will be awarded to the project that best fits Rooster Teeth’s voice by incorporating elements of comedy and genre filmmaking and accomplishing a low budget/high concept feel. Rooster Teeth is looking for stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, coming-of-age stories, and other engaging journeys of self-discovery.
The winner of the Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award will receive a $5,000 prize along with a one-on-one mentorship with Rooster Teeth. This will include feedback and notes from a Rooster Teeth representative on the winning Fellowship script and a week-long mentorship in Austin with all travel expenses covered. In addition to the Fellowship Award, Rooster Teeth will offer development deals to three (3) finalists, who will be given the chance to develop an original concept in conjunction with the Rooster Teeth team. Rooster Teeth will review the top scripts submitted to the category and will determine the finalists and one winner. Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with representatives from Rooster Teeth during AFF’s Writers Festival, held this October 24 –31, 2019.
“Austin Film Festival is honored to announce the launch of this inaugural fellowship in partnership with Rooster Teeth. Our organization is proud to offer continued opportunities for aspiring storytellers and this fellowship award will be a path for emerging voices to find industry success in Austin’s own backyard.” said Executive Director, Barbara Morgan.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this fellowship in conjunction with Austin Film Festival,” said Ryan P. Hall, Head of Development at Rooster Teeth. “We’ve always believed in investing in the Austin entertainment scene and developing projects here. We can’t wait to see what stories come our way!”
AFF’s Script Competitions are currently open for submissions with a March 29 Early Deadline, April 19 Regular Deadline, and May 15 Late Deadline. For more information including rules, eligibility, and how to submit, please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com.
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.
About Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a WarnerMedia company.