At the Austin Film Festival

Harold Ramis and Mike Judge receive awards; plus, go to for a list of film competition winners

At the Austin Film Festival
Photo By John Anderson
At the Austin Film Festival
Photo By John Anderson

For a list of Austin Film Festival competition winners, see www.austinfilm

Never underestimate the power of the film Ghostbusters, said writer and co-star Harold Ramis (above right), who received the Distinguished Screenwriter Award during the Austin Film Festival's screenwriting conference. "It's a great source of pride for me that kids still respond to it," Ramis added, recounting how a friend called to say his 5-year-old daughter was scared to tears by the film. "I got on the phone and said, 'I'm a Ghostbuster, and I've cleaned out your house.'" Ramis' The Ice Harvest screened at AFF, as well.

King of the Hill isn't too far off from Beavis and Butt-head in creator Mike Judge's (below right) mind – in fact, he considers Hank to be the son of the latter's Mr. Anderson. "King of the Hill is the same world," he explained after receiving the Oustanding Television Writer Award, "but it's Hank, and he's on your side." Judge added that his unique voices for the characters come up at odd times, including during a visit to an Austin bar. "I cleared my throat, and I guess it sounded like Beavis. Somebody turned around and said, 'Mike Judge!'"

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