USA Film Fest Announces Short Film Contest Winners

The USA Film Festival has released a list of winners in seven categories for their short film competition, part of the annual festival portion of the festival, a year-round event, that took place over the weekend. The categories included fiction, non-fiction, animation, experimental, student, Texas-made, and a special jury award. You can find the winning films and some trailers (and some of the films) after the jump.

USA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS
OF THE 32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL
SHORT FILM & VIDEO COMPETITION

DALLAS – On Sunday, May 2, 2010, the USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 32nd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition on Closing Night of the 40th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas.

Chosen from over 600 U.S. entries, the winners included:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
FIRST PLACE / FICTION $1,000
Ana’s Playground, Eric Howell, director

FIRST PLACE / ANIMATION $1,000
The Mouse That Soared, Kyle T. Bell, director

FIRST PLACE / EXPERIMENTAL $1,000
The Darkness of Day, Jay Rosenblatt, director

FIRST PLACE / NON-FICTION $1,000
Point of Entry, Zeus Quijano, Jr., director

First Place Winners in the Fiction, Animation and Experimental categories that meet Academy eligibility requirements qualify for consideration from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

THE STUDENT AWARD $500
A Son’s War, Steven Edell, director

THE TEXAS AWARD $500
6, Jeff Bednarz, director

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS $250 each
Diplomacy, Jon Goldman, director
Patrol, John Ford, director
Saiba from Bhopal, Max Carlson, director

The 2010 National Jury included editor Angela Garbin; filmmaker and Yale University Professor of Cinema Sandra Luckow; and writer, director, and actor Jon Putch. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Academy-qualified festival, which has awarded over $200,000 in cash prizes, including prizes to many (then) emerging filmmakers, including Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien), Todd Haynes (Superstar and Dottie Gets Spanked), Alexander Payne (The Passion of Martin), George Hickenlooper (Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade), Alan Taylor (The Burning Question) and John Lasseter (Tin Toy). Both 2008 Oscar winner West Bank Story and 2010 nominee Kavi were qualified for Academy consideration at the USA Film Festival.

Official Sponsors of the 40th Annual USA Film Festival include Community Coffee, Healthlink Rx, The Independent Film Channel, Jones Day, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Ticketmaster. The USA Film Festival is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural
Affairs.

ABOUT THE USA FILM FESTIVAL — The USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the film and video arts. The Festival’s year-round events include KidFilm®, the oldest and largest children’s
film festival in the U.S.; Oscar Night® America/Dallas; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each spring.

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