Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Independent Spirit Awards honor AFF selections!

The 2007 Spirit Awards Nominees were announced today in Los Angeles and several Austin Film Festival selections made the cut.

Congratulations to Mike Akel and the gang from CHALK which was nominated for the John Cassevetes Award! CHALK won the Jury and Audience Awards at this year's festival.

Raymond J. Barry's memorable performance in STEEL CITY, another AFF competition film, garnered a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category.

As Austin Film Festival is known as one of the only festivals in the world to shine a spotlight on the screenwriter, we are pleased to announce that two films we screened received nominations in the screenwriting categories.

Dito Montiel was nominated for Best First Screenplay for his film A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS.

Additionally, SORRY HATERS, a 2005 AFF favorite, pulled a Best Screenplay nod for writer/director Jeff Stanzler and a Best Female Lead nom for star Robin Wright Penn. Mr Stanzler attended the festival in 2005 where he answered questions about his complicated and controversial drama.

Congrats to COLMA: THE MUSICAL director Richard Wong who was nominated for the IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award. Wong not only directed the film, but served as director of photograpy, editor, and producer.

Lastly, Argentina's CHRONICLE OF AN ESCAPE, directed by Israel Adrián Caetano, was nominated for Best Foreign Film beating out some tough competition.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and best of luck in February!

Complete list of nominees available here.

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