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Austin Film Festival Announces 2015 Jury Award Winners

And a Halfway Through the Festival Photo Recap

The Annual Austin Film Festival Awards Luncheon brings together festival attendees with panelists and awardees to celebrate the craft of film. Guests gathered at the Austin Club on Saturday to honor Norman Lear, Brian Helgeland, Chris Cooper and John Singleton.

Norman Lear received the Outstanding Television Writer Award. Lear produced 1970s sitcoms All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and Maude.

Brian Helgeland received the Distinguished Screenwriter Award. Helgeland was the writer/director of AFF Opening Film “Legend” and writer of “L.A Confidential,” “Man on Fire,” and “Mystic River.”

Chris Cooper received the Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Actor Award. Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘John Laroche’ in “Adaptation.”

John Singleton received the Extraordinary Contribution to Film. Singleton is best known for directing the 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood.”


For the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, a record number of 8,627 scripts were received this year and the finalists were reviewed by an industry panel of judges. The following winners were selected:

  • Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Detroit by Robert Rue
  • Comedy Screenplay Award: Maxwell 2.0 by Paul Sanford
  • Enderby Entertainment Award: The Great Debate by David Hoffman
  • Darkwoods Productions Sci-Fi Award: The Innkeeper by Michael Catinari
  • Horror Award: 77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
  • AMC One-Hour Teleplay Pilot Award: Friend of the Devil by Michael Ouellette
  • Sitcom Teleplay Pilot Award: Newsperson by Michael Drake
  • Short Screenplay Award: The New World by Brian Rawlins
  • Scripted Digital Series Award: Creepypasta by Will Zech & Alex Cope
  • One-Hour Teleplay Spec Award: The Americans: Custody by Larry Caldwell
  • Sitcom Teleplay Spec Award: Workaholics: Bring Your Kid To Work Day by Greg Brainos

This year’s Film Competition Jury Awards went to filmmakers and films from all over the world, including Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain.  The winners include:

  • Narrative Feature: The Exile, written by Arturo Ruiz Serrano
  • POV Documentary Feature: Monsterman, directed by Antti Haase
  • Comedy Vanguard Feature: Baby, Baby, Baby, written by Brian Klugman
  • Dark Matters Feature: Sunny Side Up, written by Willem Bosch
  • Dark Matters Feature Honorable Mention: The Lion’s Path, written by Sophie-Anne Beaudry
  • Narrative Short: Vainilla, written by Susana López Rubio
  • Narrative Student Short: Kimi Kabuki, written by Yoko Okumura
  • Documentary Short: Chau, Beyond the Lines, directed by Courtney Marsh
  • Animated Short: The Meek, written by Joe Brumm
  • Scripted Digital Series: School Nurse, created by Tom Beach, Laura Boersma, and John Stewart Muller

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