Inaugural Audience Award Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

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Inaugural Audience Award Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

Effie Brown

AudFest 2017 Awards Over $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

First-time fest brings industry VIPs to emerging filmmakers and makes its mark on the festival world 

(LOS ANGELES, CA – April 10th, 2017) Audience Awards Film Festival wrapped Sunday April 9th, 2017, with unprecedented success. The awards brunch, held at The Federal in North Hollywood, was the culmination of screenings, panels and networking for Audience Awards’ online community of filmmakers. The festival gave over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

“The thrill of launching this festival can only be surpassed by the honor of highlighting, featuring and encouraging fellow filmmakers,” said Audience Awards Founder and CEO Paige Williams. “This is a dream come true. From the seed of an idea to the reality of the actual film festival, we brought together exceptional industry professionals with aspiring artists. Connections sparked like fireworks the entire four days.”

The festival honored award-winning documentarian Ondi Timoner (Jungletown, DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, BRAND: A Second Coming); Effie T. Brown (Dear White People, But I’m a Cheerleader); Paz Lenchantin of the Pixies; and Jacques Thelemaque, President of Filmmakers Alliance. Audience Awards’ major initiative, their Women’s Film Challenge (WFC), provided the top ten documentary and narrative filmmakers an intimate mentorship program with ten of the industry’s most powerful women.

Jacques Thelemaque

Jacques Thelemaque

Filmmaker Sarah Clift garnered the Women’s Film Challenge Grand Jury Prize for her film La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) and the Juice Award from Tangerine Entertainment. The first-time filmmaker won a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package, a Sony 4A72S Camera and lens, a Delta Airlines travel voucher for $1,500, a grant from Seed&Spark and a $3,000 cash prize.

Women’s Film Challenge Audience Award went to Montana Hall for her animated short Monster. She won a Sony 4A72S camera and lens, a FilmStro soundtrack license, a lifetime license to DCP Transfer Software by Cinematiq and Pro8mm Award was a $1,200 gift certificate for a 4K scan package. WFC honorable mention, Our Voices Are Rarely Heard by Cali Bondad, also won a one-year membership to The Film Collaborative where she will receive distribution strategy consultation.

Bondad’s film also won the ChromaColor Prize, a color correction package worth $20,000, and also took home the POV Prize, a cash award of $1,000 and 12-month non-exclusive digital distribution deal. Her short documentary explores the devastating effects of solitary confinement on inmates.

Live audience voting utilizing Audience Awards’ proprietary voting platform determined the Best of Fest winner, The Scared One, by Romain and Thibault Lafargue. The impressive prize package valued at over $30,000 includes a 4A72S Sony camera and lens, a ChromaColor color correction package worth $20,000, a $1500 travel voucher from Delta Airlines, a FilmStro soundtrack license and a lifetime license to DCP Transfer Software by Cinematiq. Best of Fest runner-up, The Girl in the Green Dress, by Sarah Fletcher, won a year-long membership to The Film Collaborative, including distribution strategy consultation.

The Kodak Vision Award went to Haven Nutt for her film Mr. Man, shot on Super 8 film. She receives $5,000 of Kodak film. Pro8mm Award was a $1,200 gift certificate for a 4K scan package.

The Montana Film Office announced they will award a special prize to one of the top 40 Women’s Film Challenge finalists. Filmmakers will submit a one-page synopsis to the film office and the winner will receive a location scouting trip including two plane tickets, lodging and a scouting tour.

The GOOD DOCS Mentorship Award went to Allison Otto for her film Property, giving her a consultation with Sarah Feinbloom, award-winning documentary filmmaker and Founder and Director of GOOD DOCS.

Elise Tyler was awarded the Documentor’s Award, a mentorship with Spitzmiller, for her film Today Will Be Our Last Day on the Streets.

Joseph Quiles took home the Pro8mm Prize for his horror film Dead World. Quiles will receive two Super 8 film kits.

Matthew Kaplowitz won $500, plus a FilmStro soundtrack license for his film En Pointe, which was was shot, edited and finished in only 120 hours for Audience Awards Fusion Doc Challenge.

Project Earth Doc Challenge (PEDC), a similar contest with an environmental focus, was won by Edward King for his film Riverland. He also wins a $1,000 cash prize. Second place went to Stani Milev who directed the film The Bulgarian Solution. Milev flew from Bulgaria to be with his Audience Awards family at AudFest. PEDC also awarded filmmaker Rory Moon $150 for his film Filter Feeders.

Pro8mm’s One Roll Challenge awarded a 4K scan of 1,000 feet of film to ProRes files to Brewyard Beer Company, directed by Shane Glander.

Other prizes include Final Draft software for all ten WFC finalists and five attendees of an AudFest writers’ room panel with JaNeika and JaSheika James of FOX’s “Empire.” Videomaker Magazine generously gave year-long subscriptions to all 200 filmmakers who submitted to WFC.

Paz Lenchantin

Paz Lenchantin

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Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner

 ABOUT Audience Awards

Audience Awards began as a digital film challenge platform, connecting filmmakers with opportunity and support, yet has become so much more. Online, Audience Awards’ filmmakers have the opportunity to create authentic, high-quality films for brands like GoDaddy, Hilton Worldwide and Kodak and compete in other creative contests. Their short films have premiered at prestigious festivals like Hot Docs, Slamdance and DOCNYC. They have been Oscar-qualifying and Emmy-nominated. With an international filmmaker collective and a community of 150,000, Audience Awards Film Festival gives this significant online community and prestigious filmmaker collective the chance to finally meet face-to-face.

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