Austin Film Fest Announces 2011 Film Competition Winners


AUSTIN, Texas October 23, 2011 The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce its 2011 Film Competition winners. Each year, the Austin Film Festival holds film competitions in seven categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Young Filmmakers Competition.

Winners received cash prizes up to $1,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the festival and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry. All awards were presented to the writers of the winning films on October 22, 2011 during the Austin Film Festival Awards Luncheon. The following winners were selected by category:



Narrative Feature: Harold's Going Stiff, written by Keith Wright
Documentary Feature: Darwin, directed by Nick Brandestini
Documentary Feature Special Jury Mention: Goold's Gold, directed by Tucker Capps and Ryan Sevy
Narrative Short: Salar, written by Nicholas Greene
Narrative Student Short: Little Horses, written by Levi Abrino and Luke Matheny
Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce
Animated Short Special Jury Mention: Who Lasts Longer, written by Gregorio Muro
Documentary Short: Abuelas, directed by Afarin Eghbal
Documentary Short Special Jury Mention: Day at the Pool, directed by Eric Fulford and Ian Douglass
Young Filmmakers Competition: Behind the Sun, written by Konstantinos Chaliasas

The Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the winning film in the Animated Short and Narrative Short categories are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award.

To learn more, vist www.austinfilmfestival.com.


About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

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 Dos Equis, KVUE, KUT 90.5 FM, United/Continental Airlines, Esurance, and Wells Fargo Advisors.