Austin Film Festival 2008 Jury award Winners

Wrap Sheet: Scenes from AFF '08

Animated Short

Winner: "Chainsaw" (director: Dennis Tupicoff)

Documentary Short

Winner: "Zietek" (director: Bartosz Blaschke)

Special Jury Award for Personal Expression and Advocacy: "Passages" (director: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre)

Narrative Student Short

Winner: "Danzak" (writer/director: Gabriela Yepes)

Narrative Short

Winner: "Sikumi" (writer/director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean)

Special Award for Ryan Andrews' Performance: "Frankie" (writer/director: Darren Thornton)

Special Jury Award: "Megatron" (writer/director: Marian Crisan)

Documentary Feature

Winner: Les Ninjas du Japon (director: Giommi Giovanni)

Narrative Feature

Winner: Lost & Found (writer: Maki Arai, writer/director: Nobuyuki Miyake)

Special Jury Award: Left (writer/director: Froukje Tan)


Wrap Sheet: Scenes From AFF '08

Austin Film Festival 2008 Jury award Winners
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"I write about things that interest me. It would be weird to write about things that don't interest me," Synecdoche, New York writer/director Charlie Kaufman said to a packed house at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday night.

Austin Film Festival 2008 Jury award Winners
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In his film Phantom Punch, and during the Q&A after the screening, director Robert Townsend (l) tried to penetrate some of the mysteries surrounding the life and death of heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston, a project he described as star "Ving Rhames' baby."

Austin Film Festival 2008 Jury award Winners
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Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle (r), the AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking awardee, identified the differences between American and British audiences: "Britain doesn't really take cinema seriously. France, India, and America: You guys love film. It's in your DNA."

Austin Film Festival 2008 Jury award Winners
Photo by John Anderson

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (l) kicked off her Saturday afternoon talk about the process and the perils of adapting the hit young-adult vampire novel Twilight to the big screen by screening a long clip from the film (due in theatres Nov. 21).

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Austin Film Festival, Chainsaw, Zietek, Passages, Danzak, Sikumi, Frankie, Megatron, Les Ninjas du Japon, Lost & Found, Left, Phantom Punch, Robert Townsend, Danny Boyle, Melissa Rosenberg, Greg Daniels

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