Austin Film Festival (AFF) organizers announced the 2013 Capital One Audience Award winners Monday for both feature and short films that screened at the writing focused festival last week. While the festival announced their jury award winners last week during the festival, festival organizers took the weekend to tabulate the ballots filled out by film goers to determine the highly anticipated audience award winners.
Past AFF audience award winners include Academy Award Best Picture winning films like 2011 audience award winner "The Artist" and highly acclaimed films like 2012 audience award winner "Silver Linings Playbook."
The awards winners were determined using ballots with a numerical rating scale where audience members rated a film with a score anywhere between a one (worst) and a five (best).
The 2013 Capital One Austin Film Festival audience award winners are:
Marquee Feature Audience Award:
Writer/ Director: Tommy Oliver
Narrative Feature Audience Award:
Writers: Chris Lowell, Mohit Narang
Director: Chris Lowell
Documentary Feature Audience Award: (tie)
Director: Alexandra Lescaze
Directors: Kirk Marcolina, Matthew Pond
Comedy Vanguard Audience Award:
Writer: Kevin Harrigan
Director: Joseph Laraja
Dark Matters Audience Award:
Writer: Eddie Guzelian
Director: Madellaine Paxson
Texas Independents Audience Award:
Writer/Director: Kelly Daniela Norris
Write/Rec Audience Award:
Writer: Erin Cardillo
Director: Noah Harald
Narrative Short Audience Award:
Writer: Richard Sainsbury
Director: Greg Ash
Narrative Student Short Audience Award:
Writer/Director: Josh Smooha
Animated Short Audience Award:
Writers: Wouter Bongaerts, Bert Vandecasteele
Director: Wouter Bongaerts
Documentary Short Audience Award:
Director: Jessica Yu
Austin Film Festival organizers also announced the news that five films were purchased for distribution during the festival. "The Brightest Star" (a.k.a. "Light Years"), "NSFW,""Scrapper" and "Favor" were all purchased by festival sponsor Gravitas Ventures while the North American rights to "Cavemen" were purchased by Well Go USA.
Today's announcements mark the beginning of the transition towards planning for the 2014 Austin Film Festival which will run from October 23-30, 2014.
More information on the Austin Film Festival, including additional film news and information for purchasing passes and badges for the 2014 festival, is available at the festival's website.