On Sunday, April 28, 2013, the USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 35th Annual National Short Film & Video Competition. The awards program took place on Closing Night of the 43rd Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas. Chosen from more than 500 U.S. entries, the winners included:
FIRST PLACE / FICTION $1,000 – Native Boy, Henry Roosevelt, director
FIRST PLACE / NON-FICTION $1,000 – Nine to Ninety, Alicia Dwyer, director
FIRST PLACE / ANIMATION $1,000 Strange Fruit, Neal Sopata, director
First Place Winners in the Fiction, Animation and Non-Fiction categories that meet Academy eligibility requirements qualify for consideration from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on Rules & Eligibility for the Academy Awards, please visit www.oscars.org/rules
THE STUDENT AWARD $250 – Josephine and the Roach; Jonathan Langager, director
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS $250 each Ice, Anthony Tarsitano, director ; Ojala, Ryan Velasquez, director; Cicada Princess, Mauricio Baiocchi, director
THE TEXAS AWARD $250 Southmost U.S.A., Trish Dalton, director
The 2013 National Jury included Yale University Professor of Cinema Sandra Luckow, actor/producer Denise Crosby and writer/producer Paul Marcarelli.
This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of the Academy-qualified festival, which has awarded more than $250,000 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 (That Burning Question) and John Lasseter (Tin Toy).
In addition to the Jury awards, FESTIVAL-AWARDED PRIZES also went to the following short works:
Best If Used By (fiction), Aemelia Scott, director
Old Man (animation), Leah Shore, director
Silk (fiction), Catherine Dent, director
The Captain (fiction), Nash Edgerton & Spencer Susser, co-directors
The Procession (fiction), Robert Festinger, director
Do Not Duplicate (documentary), Jonathan Mann & Sean McGing, co-directors
A Little Something on the Side (fiction), Stephen Tobolowsky, director
OFFICIAL SPONSORS — Sponsors of the 43rd Annual USA Film Festival include Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, Gaedeke Group, AXS.TV, Time Warner Cable, Dallas Film Commission, Texas Film Commission, Magnolia Pictures on Demand, HD Net Movies, ViewPoint Bank, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, HBO, AMC Networks, Alford Media Services and Ticketmaster. The USA Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
ABOUT THE USA FILM FESTIVAL — The USA Film Festival is a 43-year-old Dallas-based 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include KidFilm®; Dallas’ only official Oscar® Experience program; an Academy-qualified National Short Film Competition; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each spring. Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to bring together audiences and filmmakers for a “live cinema” experience.