Cinematexas Award Winners


The second annual CinemaTexas International Short Film + Video + New Media presented an impressive selection and number of short-form works during the event, held Sept. 24-28 on the University of Texas campus. Jurors included Kim Flores (filmmaker, Vocessitas); Don Howard (documentary filmmaker, Letter From Waco; Marian Luntz (curator of film and video, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and Julia Dyer (filmmaker, Late Bloomers). Presented here is the full list of 1997 CinemaTexas award winners.


UT COMPETITION

Best Animation: Steakbaby, dir. Steven McIntyre ($250 check from Heart of Texas Productions, Austin, TX)

Best Experimental: Untitled
, dir. Steve Metze ($250 certificate for equipment rental at GEAR, Austin, TX)

Best Documentary: Texas and the Death Penalty
, dir. Tassos Rigopoulos ($1,000 in post-production services from The 501 Group, Austin TX; $200 check from Paul Stekler, head of production at the UT Radio-TV-Film Department)

Best Narrative: tie: The Clock
, dir. Joe Ambrosavage; What's Got Into Me, dir. Cara Biasucci ($1,000 in post-production services from the 501 Group, Austin TX; $1,000 in processing/printing at Allied Digital Technologies, Irving, TX; critique by a William Morris agent on the winners' next feature-length screenplay)

No-Budget Award: tie: As Is, No Warranty, dir. Robert Kendrick; Let It Rain, dir. Helen Lee ($200 check from the RTF Staff Fund; $300 gift certificate from the University Co-op Photo Department, Austin, TX)

Best Cinematography: Helen Lee, for Texas Pawn, dir. Julia Halperin ($1,000 raw stock from Eastman Kodak)

Best Editing: Tassos Rigopoulos
, editor and director of Texas and the Death Penalty ($200 check from the RTF Staff Fund)

Best Screenplay: Joe Ambrosavage, writer and director of The Clock ($450-value full pass to the 1997 Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference; critique by a William Morris agent on the winner's next feature-length screenplay)

Best Actor: Jay Sefton, The Clock ($200 gift certificate from Stage and Screen Beauty Supply)

Audience Award: The Clock, dir. Joe Ambrosavage ($200 check from The CAGE, Austin, TX)

Acting Citation: Kerri Lause, Pushing Up Daisies




INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Best Animation: Parachute, dir. Laura Heit ($250 check from Heart of Texas Productions, Austin, TX)

Best Documentary: Paranoia, dir. Robert Edwards ($1,000 processing/printing at Video Post and Transfer, Dallas, TX; membership to AIVF; free set of AIVF publications)

Best Experimental: tie; The Gift, dir. Tony Gault and Necropolis, dir. Russ Johnson ($300 check from Detour Film Foundation, Austin, TX)

Best Narrative: tie: Snake Feed, dir. Debra Granik; HINgerichtet ("Execution"), dir. Michael Baumann ($500 check from Turner Entertainment Networks, Atlanta, GA; $500 check from Bettye Nowlin; critique by a William Morris agent on the winners' next feature-length screenplay)

No-Budget Award: Resilience, dir. Amy Hap. ($500 processing/printing at Alpha-Cine Labs, Seattle, WA)

Best Screenplay: Lisa Robinson, director and writer of Heads, Tires, and Other Studies ($450-value pass to the 1998 Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference; critique by a William Morris agent for the winner's next feature-length screenplay)

Audience Award: Heads, Tires, and Other Studies
, dir. Lisa Robinson ($200 check from The CAGE, Austin, TX)

Festival Director's Pick: Wood Technology in the Design of Structures or How to Live Happily Ever After, dir. Eric Henry ($100 check from Athina Rachel Tsangari, CinemaTexas festival director)

Citation for Editing: Bill Creed, editor of William Christenberry, Jr: A Portrait
Citation for Cinematography: Roman Osin, director of photography for The Sheep Thief

Citation for Production Design: Cardinal Blue,
dir. Scott Rice


Each CinemaTexas winner will also receive a $175-value pass to the 1998 SXSW Film Festival and Conference.

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