Audience Awards Closes Lionsgate and KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition

August 27, 2018

To celebrate the release of KIN in theaters August 31st, DUST partnered with Lionsgate, KIN and its directors Jonathan & Josh Baker to host a short film competition for emerging sci-fi filmmakers. Audience Awards filmmakers were invited to submit for a shot at $10,000 and distribution on DUST.

In 2015, filmmakers Jonathan & Josh Baker premiered their short film BAG MAN at SXSW Film Festival. After receiving a strong response from audiences and critics alike, they began developing the short into KIN; a feature film now starring Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz and introducing Myles Truitt, coming to theaters this August 31st. The Baker Brothers, pulling from their personal experiences, professional expertise, and love of the science fiction genre, are now set to judge the KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition, and offer emerging filmmakers a platform for their own short films to be seen by DUST’s devoted audience of science fiction fans.

Audience Awards filmmakers who submitted are eligible to win the Grand Prize which is $10,000 USD, the exclusive premiere of their competition-winning short film across DUST and a private consultation with Jonathan and Josh Baker (video chat, call, or in-person; per the Baker’s discretion and availability). In addition, DUST’s Audience Award Winner will exclusively premiere on, win 2 free tickets to see KIN and DUST as well as a KIN promotional prize pack & swag.

A huge thanks to our community of creatives and filmmakers who submitted to the KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition!

ABOUT AUDIENCE AWARDS: Audience Awards provides filmmakers with the opportunity to change the world through stories, win prizes and build an audience. Films are judged by industry professionals and the global audience. We are committed to providing a stage for diverse, emerging talent and their work. Our platform is dedicated to celebrating the power of storytelling and building an audience. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, Audience Awards offers an invaluable platform for exposure. Our filmmakers don’t just gain exposure – like press and social media engagement – but also opportunities to accelerate their careers. Learn More:


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