Audience Awards is proud to announce…

March 30, 2017

…the five narrative and five docs that will contend at AudFest 2017!

We’ve been running film challenges for a while now, but when we closed submissions for Women’s Film Challenge, we had no idea the breadth and variety we’d be receiving. Our top 10 films – five narrative and five documentary – are a refreshing mix. From a comedic narrative The Birth, about a husband intent on filming his wife’s home birth no matter what she says, to the heartbreaking Our Voices Are Rarely Heard, a documentary about men in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, 2017’s WFC drew great talent.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 8th at El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, Audience Awards Film Festival honors Ondi Timoner, award-winning documentarian and consummate fierce female filmmaker. After that, beginning at 8:30 p.m., these top 10 films have a red carpet screening:

Two L.A. filmmakers made the semifinals, and those films will also screen: Tchaiko Omawale’s Solace and Rosser Goodman’s InVisible.

The women who placed in the top 10 will receive or compete for this delicious bevy of prizes, all of which will help them continue to fulfill their dreams:

Audience Award: Sony Electronics Inc. A7S Mark 2 camera and lens ($5,250 value) + FilmStro soundtrack license worth $1,999 for movies with a $1M budget or less + a free lifetime license to DCP Transfer Software by Cinematiq

Documentor’s Awards: A mentorship with Jillian Spitzmiller ($550 value)

Final Draft Award: A copy of Final Draft software for each of the 10 finalists ($2,500 value)

GOOD DOCS Mentorship Award: One-hour consultation with Sarah Feinbloom, Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Founder and Director at GOOD DOCS

Grand Prize (Jury Selection): $15,000 Panavision camera rental package + Sony Electronics Inc. A7S Mark 2 camera and lens ($5,250 value) + Delta Airlines $1,500 travel voucher (anytime/anywhere, good for year and no blackout dates.) + a $500 grant towards her Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign for this or the next project + $2,500 cash from Audience Awards

ChromaColor Award: One full color correction in ACES and mastering to HDR of any project up to twenty minutes in duration provided by ChromaColor ($20,0000 value)

Juice Award: Tangerine Entertainment will select their favorite narrative and award $500

Kodak Vision Award: KODAK will award $5,000 value in 16mm or 35mm film stock + a 4K scan of 1,000 feet of any film format (super8mm, 16mm or 35mm) to Pro Res files (retail value $1,250) provided by Pro8mm to a filmmaker whose submission was at least 50% film

Montana Film Office Choice: Montana Film Office will award a 3-5 day location scouting trip, which includes two plane tickets to MT + lodging to be used at any time to a script submission of their choice ($2,000 value)

POV Documentary Award: POV will select their favorite documentary and award $1,000 + 12-month nonexclusive digital distribution deal with POV.

Videomaker: Each of the top 20 WFC filmmakers will receive a year subscription to Videomaker Magazine ($4,000 value)

Audience Awards is honored to host an event which furthers movement toward gender parity in the film industry. We’re delighted to send these films to festival and can’t wait to see them on the big screen! Congrats, Top 10!



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