Austin Film Society Announces Grant Jury
Meet the team that will fund the next wave of Texas film
By Josh Kupecki,
1:00PM, Fri. Jul. 10, 2015
The Austin Film Society has released the names of the three jury members who will determine what film projects will receive financial grants from not only AFS, but also Dell and Kodak. Let's meet them, shall we?
First up is Alison Bagnall, perhaps best known as the co-writer of Vincent Gallo's indie fave Buffalo 66. Bagnall, a Yale graduate, premiered her latest film, Funny Bunny, at this year's SXSW. AFS will present a special screening of that film on Tuesday, August 18, with Bagnall participating in a Q&A following the film.
Next up is Terence Nance, a Dallas-born filmmaker now living in Brooklyn. Nance is known for his feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered at SXSW in 2012, and won a Gotham Award for "Best Film not Playing at a Theatre Near You." Nance has also directed a number of music videos for artists such as Cody Chestnutt, the Light, and Blitz the Ambassador.
Finally, we have Basil Tsiokos. A programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival, Tsiokos is also the programming director for the Nantucket Film Festival, as well as teaching classes at Pratt on film festivals.
The three jury members will award over $100,000 to fund film projects. In addition, AFS has partnered with Dell for the "Powered by Dell Grant," which will offer post-production aid in the form of technology software and $15,000 to help artists finish their projects. MPS Camera and Lighting Austin returns with their $10,000 in-kind production service grant. Kodak also continues their partnership with AFS, providing $5,000 matching grant for film stock.
The jury will convene in August to determine the recipients of the grants. AFS will announce the winners on September 1.