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Women in Film LA, ReFrame and IMDbPro Announce Winners and Finalists of CURBSIDE SHORTS – Two-Minute Film Challenge

5 female filmmakers awarded $10K on AudPop Published: June 16, 2020 Challenge Receives More than 500 Short Film Submissions Shot in One Week While Social Distancing on AudPop Video Platform. Entertainment Industry Jury Selects Five Winning Films to Receive Cash...

Audience Awards is now AudPop

We changed our name, because we are so much more than audience voting.
We’re excited to share our new name and how we came to this decision.

Submissions Open for Better Business Bureau International Video Contest on AudPop

Better Business Bureau in partnership with the Audience Awards is calling on filmmakers across North America to compete in an international video contest by creating a two-minute video that captures the inspiring stories of businesses and its people as it relates to trust, integrity, and excellence.

The 2020 Oxford Film Festival Announces Film Lineup – March 18 – 22, 2020

Oxford, MS (January 15, 2020) – The 2020 Oxford Film Festival (March 18-22) has announced an event filled edition of the acclaimed regional film festival with a special 30th Anniversary screening of Allan Moyle’s rebel youth classic PUMP UP THE VOLUME featured as the Opening Night Gala selection with Moyle himself on hand for the screening as well as Producer Sandy Stern, and Braden King’s searing drama THE EVENING HOUR presented as the fest’s Closing Night Gala following its debut at Sundance.

HOPE B – Lit Short Film – Got Cancer!

Got Cancer! – Film Highlights the Plight of Children Braving Cancer and Aims to Generate Awareness and Funds for Kids Affected by the Disease.

“BAD TRIP” – The Next Road Trip Indie

Two European female filmmakers in Hollywood, Dasha German and Gabriela Kostadinova have teamed up on creating their next road trip indie “BAD TRIP.”

AudPop Presents AudFest: Film & Innovation Festival

December 5 – 8, Missoula-based global video platform will screen the year’s best short films and spotlight women innovators.

Announcing AudPop’s 2019 Pop Culture Shorts Film Festival Winners

Audience Awards is excited to announce the 2019 Pop Culture Shorts Film Festival Winners.

Announcing AudFest 2019 Horror Short Film Festival Winners

Audience Awards is pumped to announce the winners of our 2019 Horror Shorts Film Festival. You can’t imagine how many films we received for this terrifying festival.

Announcing the Winners of AudFest 2019 Dramatic Short Film Festival

Audience Awards is proud to announce the winners of our 2019 Dramatic Shorts Film Festival.

On Location: MEMPHIS Turns the Page with Memphis Music Banq Website Launch

For seventeen (17) years On Location: MEMPHIS hosted the OL:M International Film and Music Festival. Beloved worldwide for its southern charm and Airstream Trailer Awards; the OL:M festival was noticeably missing from the indie film festival circuit. After 2 ½ years, OL:M is proud to present their latest offering to the film community: MemphisMusicBanq.com

OpenSource Montana Launches Political Ad Contest for the Montana Governor’s Race 2020

Citizens’ Super PAC -, OpenSource Montana – Launches Its Second Political Ad Contest Allowing Every Day Montanans & Filmmakers to Have Their Voices Heard in the Election of Montana’s Governor

Announcing AudPop TV Short Film Library

Audience Awards TV features the best short films on the planet. It’s like having the best short films from all around the world, right in your pocket. Here is our origin story.

5 Audience Awards Montana Filmmakers To Watch

Audience Awards has identified five up-and-coming Montana filmmakers from our community that are making a difference in Montana's film industry. Check them out and support their projects. Lynn-Wood Fields Lynn-Wood Fields caught our attention when she submitted her...

OpenSource Montana Launches Political Ad Contest on Audience Awards

OpenSourceMT Launches Its First Political Advertisement Contest $3,000 in Prize Money Goes to the Winning Producers of Ads That Effectively Hold U.S. Senator Steve Daines Accountable For His Voting Record on Access to Affordable, High-Quality Healthcare MONTANA,...

Breaking the Barriers of Identity and Stereotypes: Fangirl Mail wins the Audience Awards BESE Pilot Competiton

It's cold outside, snow is falling, and we don't want to leave the warmth of our beds. In hopes of finding a new binge-worthy series, we turned to the Audience Awards community who successfully brought us an episode that evoked the identity of everyone who had ever...

Audience Awards hosts Zoe Saldana’s BESE Pilot Competition

Audience Awards is honored to partner with Zoe Saldana's BESE to bring filmmakers a funding opportunity of a non-scripted short series. Pronounced “bee-say,” the name of the digital media company comes from the English word “be” and the Spanish translation “se.” You...

Announcing Audience Awards’ Documentary Winners

Every year, Audience Awards hosts a Documentary Film Festival dedicated to showcasing thought-provoking non-fiction short films. Here are the top three jury-selected winning films from this year’s 2018 Documentary Short Film Festival. The winners were decided on by...

Audience Awards Staff Pick: Coke Habit by Dress Code

Audience Awards has selected this week’s staff pick film, Coke Habit, directed by Dress Code. Coke Habit was an Official Selection in Audience Awards 2018 Animation Shorts Film Festival. Dress Code is a production company in New York, NY and Venice, CA that was...

Hire a Filmmaker: Audience Awards announces new resource connecting you with filmmakers for hire

That's right, Audience Awards does the heavy lifting, connecting brands to hand-selected filmmakers to represent your vision and specific production needs. It doesn't matter how large or small your project or budget, Audience Awards will curate filmmakers so that you...

Audience Awards Staff Pick: Sudden Death! Directed by Adam Hall

This week’s Audience Awards' staff pick film is Sudden Death! directed by Adam Hall. Los Angeles has been overtaken by a strange and deadly disease. It only has one symptom before the infected die suddenly...they spontaneously break into well-choreographed song and...

Blind Faith by Greg Kohs: Staff Pick

This week’s Audience Awards staff pick film is Blind Faith directed by Greg Kohs. Blind Faith follows Mitchell, an 8th grader at the Indiana School for the Blind, as he attends his first Notre Dame Football game. Greg Kohs is a ten-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker and...

Samy’s Camera Stories Of Hope Video Contest Winners Announced

Samy's Camera, CinemaWorks, Samy’s DV & Edit, and City of Hope asked Audience Awards' community to show the world their stories of hope in the Samy's Camera Stories Of Hope Video Contest. The first place winning film, Renewed, by Ashley Seering, shares the story...

Douglas Tompkins – A Wild Legacy by James Q Martin And Chris Cresci: Staff Pick

This week's Audience Awards staff pick film is Douglas Tompkins- A Wild Legacy, directed by James Q Martin & Chris Cresci. Wild legacy follows the life of the world-renowned adventurer, conservationist, and Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug Tompkins....

Fill Your Heart With French Fries by Tamar Glezerman: Staff Pick

In this week's Audience Awards staff pick film, Fill Your Heart With French Fries, directed by Tamar Glezerman, a woman gets dumped by her girlfriend at a fast food joint, and, too sad to go home, just stays there for a week. Originally from Tel-Aviv, Tamar Glezerman...

What Comes After Religion by Jonathan Hodgson: Staff Pick

Audience Awards staff pick film, What Comes After Religion, directed by Jonathan Hodgson, looks into a question not often asked. What should fill the gaps created by the end of widespread belief? Jonathan Hodgson is an internationally renowned London based filmmaker....

Audience Awards Hosts 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion 2018 Directors Lab

21ST CENTURY FOX GLOBAL INCLUSION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 “FOX DIRECTORS LAB” Los Angeles, CA—April 23, 2018, 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion has issued a call for applications to its 2018 Fox Directors Lab, a program designed to identify and foster...

Phenomenality by Lucas Jatobá: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Phenomenality, directed by Lucas Jatobá, follows Ric Friar, a big wave pioneer who “died more times than Jesus” and constantly risked his life to find life. Jatobá got his start as a creative and art director for the advertising industry, working for...

The Proposal by Ian Robertson: Staff Pick

In this week's Audience Awards staff pick film, The Proposal, directed by Ian Robertson, a couple finds truth, courage, and love in the last place they expected it, under their dinner table! Ian Robertson is a London based filmmaker and graduate from The National Film...

Audience Awards Hosts Samy’s Camera Stories Of Hope Video Contest

Filmmakers from across the world are invited to compete for $11,000 worth of Canon cameras and prizes Los Angeles, CA—March 19, 2018— Samy’s Camera, CinemaWorks, Canon Professional, and City of Hope are proud to partner to launch the Samy's Camera Stories Of Hope...

Sink or Swim by Michael Cameneti: Staff Pick

In this week's Audience Awards staff pick film, Sink or Swim, directed by Michael Cameneti, Devin Broadbent is reminded of his mortality on a daily basis. Battling cystic fibrosis, Devin gives us an inside look into the disease's effects both physically and mentally...

Meet the Winning Filmmakers in the DELL 8K Outdoor Adventure Video Contest

DELL asked the Audience Awards community to show the world the beauty of 8K footage in DELL's 8K Outdoor Adventure Video Contest. From a coastal journey across the United States to an intimate timelapse of a day in Xinjiang, the top three films will make you want to...

2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Call for Entries

2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Taps the Entertainment Industry to Change the Way We Define & View Disability MISSOULA — March 12, 2018  — Registration for the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is now open for the competition to be held April...

HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Carsten Kurpanek: Staff Pick

In staff pick film, HAPPILY EVER AFTER, directed by Carsten Kurpanek, Annie, a hopeless romantic is determined not to end up like her parents. Will she find her movie magic romance? Carsten Kurpanek was born and raised in Germany and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his...

Ascend by Simon Perkins: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Ascend, directed by Simon Perkins is a film following the life of Jon Wilson, who as a young adult lost his leg to cancer. Mountain biking has played a critical role in helping him sink his teeth back into life. Simon Perkins is dedicated to capturing...

Melon Head by Andy Fortenbacher: Staff Pick

In staff pick film, Melon Head, directed by Andy Fortenbacher, a dim-witted man tries to win the affection of the girl of his dreams by taking some very terrible advice... Fortenbacher is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in New York City.  His...

Moon Child by James Mills: Staff Pick

In staff pick film, Moon Child, directed by James Mills, three generations of women come together to tell the story of Vina Schmitt, grandmother, mother, and self-proclaimed “Moon Child” of Oceanside, California. Sexually and physically abused by her stepfather as a...

Cootie Contagion by Joshua Smooha: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Cootie Contagion, directed by Joshua Smooha follows Matt during a Cootie Outbreak! The disease is spreading and Matt’s at risk. Matt likes Becca, his infected science partner. Cootieologist Connor has warned Matt about the dangers of girls and will...

A Love Story in Milk by Catsnake Film: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, A Love Story in Milk, created by Catsnake Film, competed in Audience Awards 2017 Wild And Green Shorts Film Festival. The brief was simple: make people emotionally engage with recycling. The vast majority of people know the ethical reasons to recycle,...

Audience Awards Hosts Your Seat, Your Story SouthWest Airlines Video Promotion

Filmmakers from across the U.S. compete for $9,400 worth of travel passes from Southwest Airlines Missoula—Jan. 16, 2018—Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) is partnering with the web-based video contest platform Audience Awards to host a competition inspired by the...

The Apocalypse by Andrew Zuchero: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, The Apocalypse, directed by Andrew Zuchero follows a group of four uninspired friends as they brainstorm the perfect idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. Andrew Zuchero is an award-winning filmmaker and a former bar mitzvah videographer. He...

Digits by Alexander Engel: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Digits, directed by Alexander Engel is a film that follows a man in his quest to find his one true love and the last two digits of her phone number. Alexander Engel is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at over 30 film festivals...

UNDERTAKER by Brenton Oechsle: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, UNDERTAKER, directed by Brenton Oechsle is a film following a mortician who is forced to come to terms with death on a new and very personal level. Brenton Oechsle is an award-winning filmmaker, currently working as a freelance cinematographer,...

Life on the Fells by James Stevens: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Life on the Fells, directed by James Stevens is a film following the life of Adam Briggs, a passionate fell runner with a unique story to tell. Driven by the events of the past and the constant pull of the mountains, Adam seeks to make the most of the...

Meet the Winning Filmmakers in the FIRST EVER 8K Video Contest by DELL

DELL asked the Audience Awards community to show the world the beauty of 8K footage in the DELL 8K Neighborhood Video Contest. The top five films flaunt the places, activities, and people that make a neighborhood a home. The first place winning film, BAVARIAN...

Sea of Tranquility by Brent Noll: Staff Pick

Take a break from your Thursday grind and watch this week's staff pick, Sea of Tranquility, Bret Noll's seventeen-second animation on Apollo 11! Brent Noll is an Animation Production Artist specializing in prop and background design, currently designing props for Rick...

Six Toes by Quincy Perkins: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Six Toes, directed by Quincy Perkins is a poetic, quick-witted short documentary featuring Hemingway cats, accidental suicides, and happy childhood memories. Quincy Perkins is an award-winning director whose films, including Swingers Anonymous, have...

The Present by Jacob Frey: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, The Present by Jacob Frey is based on a comic strip by Fabio Cavalcanti. Frey created the short while attending Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. Jacob Frey is an award-winning director and character animator from Hilden, Germany. His...

Brainsick the Hammer Killer by Brock Grossl: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Brainsick the Hammer Killer, directed by Brock Grossl, was third place Jury winner in the Audience Awards 2016 Horror Shorts Film Festival.  It screened at AudFest 2017 in April. A short horror film in the vein of classic 80's slashers. A maniac has...

Georgia Simmerling – Transcending Skis and Bikes to Make History by Reid Hemsing: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Georgia Simmerling - Transcending Skis and Bikes to Make History, directed by Reid Hemsing, competed in the Audience Awards 2016 Adventure Shorts Film Festival. At the age of 26, Georgia Simmerling had already competed in two different sports in two...

Overcame the Sun by Julian Clark: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Overcame the Sun, directed by Julian Clark, took second place in the Audience Awards 2017 Music Shorts Film Festival and will screen at AudFest 2018. A disastrous re-entry to earth forces an astronaut to find himself. Audience Awards democratizes...

Giraffe by Janne Schmidt: Staff Pick

Most recently named first place jury selected film in Audience Awards Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Giraffe by Janne Schmidt was created in 2016 for the 48 Hour Film Project. Giraffe has collected awards worldwide and screened at countless international film festivals...

At This Table by Elias Koch: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, At This Table, directed by Elias Koch, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Wild And Green Shorts Film Festival. At This Table explores the poetry of Raphael Block, his love for nature and an all-encompassing attitude towards life. Audience Awards...

The Time Travelers by Ian Anderson: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, The Time Travelers, directed by Ian Anderson, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Adventure Shorts Film Festival. In January 2017, the USA Men’s Rafting Team set their sights on making history by attempting to break a legendary speed record down 277...

When a Peeping Tom met a Kleptomaniac by Yifei Wang: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, When a Peeping Tom met a Kleptomaniac, directed by Yifei Wang, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Animation Shorts Film Festival. This is a fun story filled with a refreshingly unique type of romance. Every person living in this boundless world of...

Once and Done by Jacob Pettit: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Once and Done, directed by Jacob Pettit, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Animation Shorts Film Festival. This is the true story of Jeff as told by Jeff, who faces the repercussions of his choices, and learns from his mistakes. Audience Awards...

Cold Feet by Tim Blane: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Cold Feet, directed by Tim Blane, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival. Minutes before his backyard wedding, Richie suddenly decides he's not mature enough to be a husband. His best friend, Mike, discovers him freaking out...

These Winning Filmmakers Showed the Magic that Only Louisiana Holds

Audience Awards was proud to work with Louisiana Tourism to host the “Reel Louisiana Video Contest.” We invited filmmakers to submit works promoting tourism in the great state of Louisiana - the result? A jambalaya of videos celebrating the beauty, culture, and...

Bridge Music by Andrew Porter: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Bridge Music, directed by Andrew Porter, won the Audience Awards 2017 Music Shorts Film Festival and will screen at AudFest 2018. In 2004, Joseph Bertolozzi recorded the sounds of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in New York State using those sounds to compose...

Subway Love by Max Stossel: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Subway Love, directed by Max Stossel, competed in Audience Awards 2017 Love Shorts Film Festival. "I wrote this as I waited for the F train at West 4th on a day where it just WASN'T coming. It was a particularly hot and sweaty day and as the station...

Meet the Jury for the Adventure Shorts Film Festival!

Audience Awards is incredibly excited to announce that we’ve selected our jury for the Adventure Shorts Film Festival - our panel includes some of the best minds in both adventure filmmaking and actual adventuring. Ben Strugulewski Ben 'Sturge' Sturgulewski grew up on...

Virginia Shows Some Love for Virginian Filmmaking

The Virginia Film Office and Audience Awards came together to host the Virginia Is For Film Lovers Video Contest and we have our winners! In first place, was Sarah Bonner's  Dear Virginia, a nostalgic love letter to Virginia about childhood memories and adventures. We...

Luchitas-D by Diego Arrendondo: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Luchitas-D, directed by Diego Arrendondo, competed in the Pro8MM On-line One Roll Super8 Film Challenge. In Luchitas-D, two Luchadores, Player 1 (Genoma Maligno) and Player 2 (El Mistico) face off in an arcade style battle on Super8 film. Director...

Sisters by David Chontos: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Sisters, directed by David Chontos, competed in the Audience Awards 2016 Animation Shorts Film Festival and screened at AudFest in April. Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in...

These Pro8 Shorts are Winners

We wrapped an awesome Pro8MM On-Line One Roll Super8 Film Challenge this week! Here are the winners: So Refined Elie Al Hajj's one minute short took home first place! "It was a bit risky for it to work because I live in Belarus and the closest company that sells super...

The Honeys and Bears by Veena Rao: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, The Honeys and Bears, directed by Veena Rao, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Women's Film Challenge and screened at AudFest in April 2017. Members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the...

Meet the Jury for the Reel Louisiana Video Contest!

Louisiana Tourism has asked filmmakers to show the world in 90 seconds or less the kind of magic #OnlyLouisiana holds for Audience Awards Reel Louisiana Video Contest. The jury has been selected by Louisiana Tourism and is made up of award-winning filmmakers,...

AudFest 2017 – Social Change Through Film: “Telling a Story vs Sending a Message”

Participant Media’s Ashley Hasz, Vice’s Dersu Rhodes and PBS’s Phillip Rodriguez discuss what telling a story versus sending a message looks like when making films. Film and television has a strange ability to motivate and inspire people. What is it that inspires the...

ProConvo: Meet L.A. VICE Producer Sam Winter

Coming up in our Audience Awards Summer Series, filmmakers are invited to sit down with Sam Winter, Director and Producer at VICE. Our Summer Series program offers Audience Awards filmmakers 30-45 minute online interactions called “ProConvos” that allow filmmakers to...

BRIX AND THE BITCH by Nico Raineau: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, BRIX AND THE BITCH, directed by Nico Raineau, is competing in the Audience Awards 2017 LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival. Trapped in a seedy and illegal fight club, one woman's only chance for escape is to win a brutal brawl against the one person she...

Meet the Jury for the Animation Shorts Film Festival!

Animation film experts curate the top contenders in the Animation Film Festival Animation (according to Wikipedia) creates the illusion of motion and change with a quick show of a sequence of static images, each slightly different from the one that came before. This...

These LGBTQ Shorts Winners Blew Us Away!

Audience Awards just ran its 2017 LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival. Here are the films that impressed the jurors. In first place, we have the action film BRIX AND THE BITCH, by Nico Raineau. Raineau explains,  The difficulties of making this film have now been far...

Rabbit Blood by Yagmur Altan: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Rabbit Blood, directed by Yagmur Altan, was a jury winner in the Audience Awards' 2016 Animation Shorts Film Festival and screened at AudFest in April. Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where it's residents have an...

AudFest 2017 – Through the Lens Panel: “Lenses are the Alphabet of Film”

Lights... Camera... Lenses...   Professional directors of photography Anka Malatynska and Liz Hinlein explain how lenses are the alphabet of film. Choosing equipment when beginning to shoot a film can be a daunting task. Arguably the most difficult is which...

Webinar: Learn What It Takes To Build a YouTube Career

Coming up in our Audience Awards Summer Series, filmmakers are invited to sit down with Dan Brian and Megan Toenyes, two YouTube stars, as they talk about what it took to become YouTube creators. Our Summer Series program offers Audience Awards filmmakers 30-45 minute...

An Object At Rest by Seth Boyden: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, An Object At Rest, directed by Seth Boyden, won the Audience Awards 2017 Wild and Green Shorts Film Festival and will screen at AudFest 2018. An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's...

Drawcard by Antonia Oreña Barlin: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Drawcard, directed by Antonio Oreña Barlin, competed in the Audience Awards 2016 Live Action Short Film Festival and screened at AudFest in April. When a lighthearted office prank goes a little pear shaped, Ed is left to pick up the pieces and try to...

5 Great Films & Shows to Watch During Pride

There is no denying it, Pride is one of the most FABULOUS times of the year! It's also incredibly important as we continue to fight for equal rights for EVERYONE. Here are some great films and shows to help you get into the PRIDE spirit!   RuPaul's Drag Race...

The Typist by Kristine Stolakis: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, The Typist, directed by Kristine Stolakis, competed in the 2015 Up & Left LGBTQ Short Video Contest. From the archives of the “queer Smithsonian,” San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, comes the forgotten history of a gay Korean War veteran...

Meet the Jury for the Virginia Is For Film Lovers Challenge!

Virginia Tourism and the Virginia Film Office have asked filmmakers to capture the glory which is Virginia in a short 30-90 second video for Audience Awards Virginia is for Film Lovers Challenge. The jury has been hand selected by Virginia Film Office and is made up...

Top 10 Tarantino

Django Unchained (2012) This film won Tarantino his second Oscar for best writer of an original screenplay. The film stars Django (Jamie Foxx),  who together with a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) rescue Django's wife (Kerry Washington) from a ruthless...

Today Will Be Our Last Day on the Streets by Elise Tyler: Staff Pick

Staff pick film, Today Will Be Our Last Day on the Streets, directed by Elise Tyler, competed in the Audience Awards 2017 Women's Film Challenge and screened at AudFest in April. Amber and Matt are young, in love, eight months pregnant, and homeless. They are also...

Master of None – Champion of Diversity

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, which recently released its second season on Netflix, has been hailed as original, artistic, and one of the best comedies currently on television, all of which are true. But it is also, perhaps most importantly, a show that highlights the...

Audience Awards is proud to announce…

...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...

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Audience Awards Love Shorts contest is a wrap! Our Love Shorts contest closed last month and the winning films were all over the genre map, from a period piece to a horror flick about cannibalistic children with razor-sharp teeth. Once again, Audience Awards is proud...

Tribeca Film Institute finds new ways to hold filmmakers in high esteem

TFI launches IF/Then pitch initiative at Big Sky Doc Fest It’s the end of day six of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The back room of Rocky Mountain School of Photography is crammed with documentarians. Standing-room-only and so stuffy it almost feels like a sixth...

Win $20K in a #ReelLouisiana video contest!

There’s a lot to love about the Pelican State, and you don’t have to be there to notice. #ReelLouisiana #OnlyLouisiana Louisiana is a state so rich in cultural heritage, so replete with distinguished circumstance, they’re able to use #OnlyLouisiana as their official...

The Audience Voted Winners for the 89th Academy Awards®

The Academy’s membership is made up solely of people “in the biz.” While this is surely a diverse group, it's not  “the people,” if you know what we mean. Audience Awards thought it would be fun, on the 89th Academy Awards®, to offer up a little fantasy league, for...

The outstanding industry panel that will watch AAWIC’s webisode submissions

For the second year in a row, Audience Awards has partnered with African American Women in Cinema to help create parity in this industry. The 19th AAWIC Film Festival seeks short webisode submissions, 45 minutes or less, directed, produced or written by women who are...

The Big Winners of GoDaddy’s Small Business Stories Video Contest

“I like to start in utter fear and then go into utter fantasy… and the third part is basically what needs to be done. What needs to be done wins every day,” says Deepa Shridhar. She’s head chef and owner of Anjore, a small pop-up restaurant in Austin, Texas. Anjore...

We love our Love Shorts experts

Our Love Shorts contest opened this week. We asked our filmmakers, “How do you define love?” and they answered! Dreamy little flicks about what romance looked like in the ‘80s and ‘90s pitted against short films where a man spends all his time satiating his...

Filmmaker Spotlight- Troy Lucia

As a senior in high school, student filmmaker Troy Lucia submitted his film Insomnia to our dramatic shorts at the beginning of this year. In Lucia’s words, Insomnia follows “a man [who] goes psychotic after being awake for nearly a week.” It’s a fast-paced,...

Alex Shandelman shines the light on his grandparents’ love

Alex Shandelman’s love short Turkey Bacon serves as a love letter to his Bubba and Poppi, Barbara and Frank Shandelman. His actual grandparents star in this, his first narrative short, about what might happen if fictional Barbara, “who has lost touch with her...

Undebate’s Contest Closes

Ronald Reagan said, “Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” Some of the filmmakers who submitted to Undebate’s recent contest were able to show us how. First place jury winner, Morgann Gicquel, wrangled a crew...

Filmmaker Spotlight- Mark DiNatale

Mark DiNatale is one of the many filmmakers taking a shot at GoDaddy’s Small Business Stories challenge. A late-blooming filmmaker (we love those!), DiNatale says he’s always had an interest in “people that are going ‘old school’,” which falls right in line with his...

The Super Bowl tapped that. Why don’t you?

Last night, 114.4 million people were exposed to a Fresh New Way of thinking about flying, haircare, being an organ donor and the proper use of lumber. The NFL knows this world needs to change the way it thinks about things. Even football. Hilton Home2 Suites are...

Introducing your 2017 Dramatic Shorts Jurors

We’d like to introduce our illustrious jury for Dramatic Shorts Film Festival, which opens today. Audience Awards is always looking for ways to connect its filmmakers to their audience and also to the industry. Along with the audience, films are also curated by an...

Audience Awards is Hiring a Senior Brand Marketing Manager

We are looking for a full time SEO/SEM/Social platform expert to help fuel Audience Awards brand recognition and our brand partners. You’ll work with our sales team and account managers to ensure promotion of our brand activities and the brands we serve. The position...

2016 Inaugural Project Earth Documentary Challenge

2016 brought about Fusion and Audience Awards’ first ever Project Earth Doc Challenge. Like the doc challenges we’ve hosted in the past, our participants had 120 hours to shoot, edit and produce a documentary, only this time, the mission was focused on the...

Hilton asks filmmakers, “What are some things that could benefit from some fresh thinking?”

Since 2014, Hilton’s “Fresh New Way” campaign has sought to encourage society to think about everyday things in new, unexpected ways. “We filmed everyday activities, like going for a morning run or going to work on a Monday morning or even recycling, all with a...

Filmmaker David Jenny and “Rupert”

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I have wanted to be a filmmaker since I was 9. As a child I always loved listening to my family tell stories and I really enjoyed reading. Like most children, I think 1977's Star Wars was my gateway drug into the film...

Audience Awards 2016 Social/Political Film Festival Winners

Audience Awards 2016 Social/Political Film Festival winners include films about the effects of racial profiling on a young black man with a promising future, unacknowledged mental illness that led to gun violence and death, a small town debating about whether or not...

Audience Awards 2016 Horror Shorts Film Festival Winners

October: the month you drape your house in fake spiderwebs, plan your frightening costume and wait for corn mazes, haunted houses and inanimate objects that talk. It’s also the month Audience Awards launches its Horror Short Film Festival. For the filmmakers who...

Filmmakers, shine a spotlight on startup stories as only you can.

Audience Awards hosts GoDaddy, the world’s consummate host, for its Small Business Stories documentary-style competition. The challenge asks documentarians to shine a light on small businesses and the people who create them. Point your camera at those diligent,...

Audience Awards 2016 Fusion Doc Challenge

Audience Awards Fusion Doc Challenge is a timed documentary challenge that gives filmmakers 120 hours to do it all - research, write, shoot, edit, finalize and submit a short documentary. “Filmmakers are known to procrastinate and Fusion pushes you out of your comfort...

Social Political Short Film Festival Is Open For Voting!

The 2016 Social Political Short Film Festival is open for voting, and just in time for the election! All 23 films speak to a social or political issue relevant to the controversial times in which we live. Click on the image or on the film name to view the entries and...

Show Us Why Virginia Is For Film Lovers- Video Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Almost 50 years ago, the iconic tourism slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” was born. An attempt at several versions was made, each pointing to different facets of the Commonwealth: lovers of history, beaches, and mountains. There’s so much to love about Virginia, it...

Horror Shorts Film Festival is open for voting!

2016 Horror Shorts Film Festival is open for voting! 47 short films are competing to be the best... and the spookiest! Click on the image or on the film name to view the entries and remember, you can vote for as many films as you like, once a day for the duration of...

Filmmaker Gabriela Staniszewska and “I Should Have Run” are competing in Horror Shorts Film Festival

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I think I have always been a filmmaker. Telling stories is part of everyone's imagination and internal monologue. Committing them to film is just the next logical step. What is your favorite part about the short film...

Filmmaker Jia-Hung Ju and REBIRTH are competing in the Horror Shorts Film Festival

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? When I was a college student, I was inspired by the teachers. What is your favorite short film form? Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Suspense. Who were the people that supported the making of this film? My family and...

Filmmaker Blogs Worth Following: Coat of Arms

 What topics do you cover in Coat of Arms?  We cover a wide range of topics on our blog. The majority of the content gives a transparent look at our creative and technical processes. This includes technical details, tips and tricks for other industry professionals,...

Check out this recipe for success! In the Kitchen winners share their secret ingredients

In The Kitchen With Homewood And Home2 Suites By Hilton is served! 15 entries competed for $17,000, in addition the films received over 2,500 votes and over 4,000 views! Congratulations to the winners! To watch the winning entries click on the title or on the image....

Celebrate with the 2016 Comedy Shorts Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Comedy Shorts Film Festival! To watch these award winning films click on the image or on the film title! “This experience has been really exciting to be a part of. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the film with everyone...

In The Kitchen Video Contest is Open for Voting

 In The Kitchen With Homewood And Home2 Suites By Hilton is off to a delicious start! There are 18 videos featuring the hotel's full kitchens and we need you to decide which ones are deserving of your vote! The filmmakers of  "The Kitchen is the Heart," "Home2 Cameron...

Undebate.us Video Contest is open for Submissions!

Our country is divided and even though technology has connected us more than ever before, we've never been more disconnected. We talk more than we listen. And when we listen, it’s only enough to quickly react or respond, and not to truly understand one another....

Project Earth Doc Challenge Finalists Announced

The top twelve finalists of Project Earth Doc Challenge have been announced! The challenge, which is hosted by AudAwards in partnership with Fusion, centered on creating a short documentary tied to an assigned environmental theme and specific topic. Filmmakers from...

Introducing Lose Yourself to Dance Video Contest

Dancers and Dance Filmmakers alike – this is your time to shine! You are invited to submit a film showcasing any style of dance you prefer, whether it be a solo/duet/group, from anywhere in the world! The Audience Awards has an open call for dance on film! Entries...

Six Filmmaker quotes from Comedy Shorts Film Festival

Six filmmakers have given us the inside perspective on their Short Comedic Films, Take a look and get voting! There are 24 films in the Audience Awards' 2016 Comedy Shorts Film Festival and you can watch and vote for as many as you like once a day for the duration of...

Introducing the Lady Filmmaker Festival

 What is your film festival’s mission? Our festival mission is to celebrate lady filmmakers and the men who collaborate with them.  We also foster relationships with filmmakers and industry professionals and help create networking, mentoring, employment, and...

Presenting Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Where is you festival located? Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. What is your film festival’s mission? To genuinely inspire people through adventure film and photography.   What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? The festival...

Winners in the REELPITCH Challenge Finals Span the Globe

Presenting the winners of REELPITCH Challenge Finals Round! The REELPITCH Challenge had over 500,000 views, over 60,000 votes and the best four films were selected by a distinguished jury panel and the audience, You! Over 175 film projects competed across four...

Get your thrill on with the 2016 Adventure Shorts Video Contest Winners

Here they are! The winners of the 2016 Adventure Shorts Video Contest! 27 Films competed for $2,699 and prestige, they were viewed 4,714 and received almost 1000 votes. Click on the image or on the film title to view the entries. " I competed in this contest because...

Take a look at X-Doria Protection & Style Video Contest Winners

Presenting the winners of X-Doria Protection & Style Video Contest. Twelve films competed for $7,560 in cash and prizes! The films were viewed over 14,000 times and received 5,134 votes. Congratulations to the winners! Click on the image or the video title to...

Ashley Seering and Cory Byers Receive Regional EMMY® Nomination For “Renewed”

Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists Ashley Seering and Cory Byers receive Regional EMMY® Nomination for Renewed, A documentary about second chances, both for people and for things. We got to catch up with these talented filmmakers. Enjoy! When we last interviewed you, you...

Take a look at the 5 Distribution and Outreach REELPITCH Challenge Finalists

The 29 film pitches competing to become Distribution and Outreach REELPITCH Challenge Finalists were viewed over 23,000 times! There are 3 Audience Award Finalists and 2 Jury Finalists that will move onto the the REELPITCH Finals Round. Voting opens Aug 23, 2016 at...

Explore the Post-Production REELPITCH Challenge Finalists

30 exceptional films were entered but only 5 could become Post-Production REELPITCH Challenge Finalists! There are 3 Audience Award Finalists and 2 Jury Finalists that will move onto the the REELPITCH Finals Round. Voting opens Aug 23, 2016 at 12:00pm MDT...

Presenting the Production REELPITCH Challenge Finalists

38 Film pitches competed and received over 21,000 views! Here are 3 Audience Award Finalists and 2 Jury Finalists that will move onto the the REELPITCH Finals Round. Voting opens Aug 23, 2016 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver) and voting closes Aug 29, 2016 at 12:00pm...

Check out the Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge Finalists

Wow! Out of the 82 films that entered into the Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge, we have 5 finalists! It wasn't easy either, the entries were viewed almost 36,000 times! There are 3 Audience Award Finalists and 2 Jury Finalists that will move onto the the REELPITCH...

Erin Turner is Competing in Distribution and Outreach REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I wasn't always into making films. I have a background in music and always thought making music videos. Until I had to do a music video for a class and found that I love editing. It was so fun to take the footage and put...

First-ever Project Earth Doc Challenge Announced!

The Audience Awards partners with FUSION to host first-ever Project Earth Doc Challenge. Winners of the 120-hour, documentary production competition to be showcased across FUSION’s digital and tv platforms, as well as featured at noted film festivals; $20,700 in Cash...

Chaun Pinkston is Competing in the Distribution REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I'm often asked why did I become a filmmaker? In part, I believe it is a calling. It's one of the things I was created to do. The highest joy and reward in my career, other than the amazingly intricate process of...

Austen Schoensee is competing in Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? As a young child, I always remembered having this enjoyment of film. I remember coming home from Pre-k everyday and watching Robocop & Forrest Gump. My parents just thought it was the weirdest thing that a five year...

Rebecca Murphy is Competing in Pre-Production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I've been acting for a long time and when I moved to LA, I kind of fell into it. My partner is a writer/ director and we teamed up and made this short film. I love the control that comes with creating content, as an...

Sinakhone Keodara is Competing in the Preproduction REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I fell into directing almost by accident. Back in 2008, post-Prop 8, I was one of many LGBT activists fighting to win back our civil rights that was stripped from us by the voters of California. A group of us LGBT...

Nigel Noriega is Competing in the Production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I started making films to help colleagues and myself communicate more directly with audiences for whom the world of research was not easily accessible. I’m originally a research biologist, and helped uncover details that...

Introducing Filmmaker Spencer Cameron Competing in the REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? It all started when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and I burned out our VHS copy of it. As I grew in my love for cinema at a very young age I began analyzing in depth films such as Ben Hur, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Ten...

Philip Hughes is Competing in Production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Since I can remember I´ve been fascinated by stories. I started with theater and am currently working as a professional actor both in TV and theater. I´ve played subtle poetic plays at our National Theater but also been...

Arthur Bullock Jr is Competing in the Post-Production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Ever since I saw The Matrix, I knew what industry I wanted be in. As I work my way through college, the role in that industry has changed and solidified. What is your favorite part about the short film form? I enjoy the...

Safiyah Smith is Competing in Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? At a young age I loved listening to music. Music gave me a vision to create a story in my head every time. As I got older what inspired me was watching films today and knowing I can do it. I'm always thinking of...

Paulina Lagudi is Competing in the Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I have always been intrigued by film for as long as I can remember. The idea of becoming a filmmaker was always so overwhelming and large to me that I didn't think it was a possibility for me. I got involved in the...

Andrea Ridgeway is Competing in Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? After being an actress for 13 years in commercials and films, I began writing my own content. I wrote and performed stand up comedy, then moved into sketches and short films. I started envisioning projects that had my...

Audience Awards’ 2016 Animation Shorts Film Festival Winners

To watch the winning films click on the image or on the film title! Check out all of submissions here.  1st Place Jury Winner Jack Corpening's "TRASHONAUTS"  "The Audience Awards is an amazing platform for filmmakers to showcase their work among both their peers and...

Dylan Pluta is Competing in the Production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? It has been the number one thing I have wanted to do since I was like 4. Being a filmmaker has always seemed like only a dream and not a reality, but the older I get I realize I need to do what will make me happy. I have...

Presenting the Oklahoma Film Commission

What is your film commission’s mission? The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to support and connect local, national and international filmmakers with Oklahoma's skilled crew, talent, production services and diverse locations which span across 12...

Cody Ong is Competing in the Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I was inspired by all of the great directors and story tellers from the classical movies to the new generation and all in between. I was originally just inspired in general to storytelling for my love of reading which...

Darla Rae is Competing in the Pre-production REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? When I was seven I saw Sound of Music in the theater and watched Julie Andrews twirl down that mountain and I never forgot how I felt after watching that on the big screen and how it made me feel. That is when I knew I...

Introducing Filmmaker Jonathan Lacocque Competing in REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? From an early age, I always enjoyed telling stories. It was a way to get attention, to be dramatic, or to bring meaning to otherwise mundane moments. This expanded into making home movies, mostly comedic in nature, with...

Introducing Filmmaker Felicia Hill competing in the REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? The desire to show a different perspective in stories came when I wrote my first spec script, knowing that I was writing about culture issues that are seldom seen on the screen. What is your favorite part about the short...

Introducing The Idea Diva Competing in REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? "Life experiences are the thread that binds the human experience." No matter race, age, culture or creed, we all have a story to tell that connects one human to the next. This is where my passion for film making stemmed...

Introducing Filmmaker Mike Boidy Competing in the REELPITCH Challenge

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Early on watching documentaries on my favorite bands and music legends like the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. I loved horror films, comedies and John Hughes films big time.   What is your favorite part about the short...

Presenting the Calgary Film Commission

What is your film commission’s mission? The Calgary Film Commission strives to be a conduit, connector, catalyst, storyteller and opportunity-maker that helps spark and fuel southern Alberta’s creative industries. What makes your film commission unique? As Canada's...

Presenting Film Commission Poland

What is your film commission’s mission? Film Commission Poland is a non-profit organization established in 2012 in order both to improve recognition of Poland and its regions as stunning film locations and to put the potential of the Polish audiovisual sector to...

Presenting Screen Flanders

What is your film commission’s mission? Screen Flanders is your first stop for audiovisual activities in the Flanders region, providing information and services via its film commission and financial support through its economic fund. The Screen Flanders film...

Presenting the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture

What is your film commission’s mission? The mission of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture is to develop and connect resources to further grow and enhance the region’s creative industries including film, music and arts – all while promoting Tulsa as a...

Presenting Screen Wellington

What is your film commission’s mission? Our mission is to create a sustainable screen industry in Wellington, and to become a sought after place for production along the whole value chain. We are here to support and help grow an industry of some of the most...

Presenting Ausfilm

What is your film commission’s mission? Ausfilm connects filmmakers worldwide to Australia. What makes your film commission unique? Ausfilm is an Australian industry-government partnership and has offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, USA.  Ausfilm is supported by...

Presenting Western Norway Film Commission

What is your film commission’s mission? We work to promote Western Norway as a destination for international film and tv productions. We help international producers finding locations, production partners and local film professionals, and help identifying and...

Presenting The Vienna Film Commission

    What is your film commission’s mission?  The Vienna Film Commission is the first point of contact for filming in Vienna. As a free of charge service by the City of Vienna it supports national and international film and TV productions that aim to shoot...

Presenting Catalunya Film Commission

What is your film commission’s mission? Catalunya Film Commission (CFC) is a service run by the Department of Culture of the Catalan Governement that promotes and facilitates film shoots throughout Catalonia and stimulates the growth and consolidation of the Catalan...

Presenting West Virginia Film Office

What is your film commission’s mission? The West Virginia Film Office supports commerce by recruiting motion picture, television, and related media productions to select West Virginia locations to conduct business. What makes your film commission unique? The West...

Presenting Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

What is your film commission’s mission? To attract and serve, with our entire scope of capabilities in Sarasota County Florida, the gamut of global, national, statewide, regional and local omnimedia productions in stages from concept to completion, including film,...

Voting Opens Today for the 2016 Creativity Awards hosted by AFCI

Voting Opens Today for the 2016 Creativity Awards hosted by The Association of Film Commissioners International More Than 30 Film Commissions from Across the Globe Compete for the Best Marketing Campaigns of the Year Los Angeles, CA – August 2, 2016  – The Association...

Presenting Olivia’s Oasis, Subject of the Documentary “The Oasis Affair”

What is your company’s mission? In the spirit of simplicity, purity and authenticity, OLIVIA'S OASIS skincare products are made with 100% pure olive oil. Why do you support the independent film community? I feel that the independent film community is one of the best...

Presenting the X-Doria Testimonial Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the X-Doria Testimonial Video Contest! Five films competed for $1,750. The films were viewed over 450 times and received over 250 votes.   "I am a young YouTuber trying to get my name out there and grow. Winning the contest is...

Animation Short Film Festival Check-in Filmmaker Quotes

The 2016 Animation Online Short Film Festival is off to a roaring start with 43 films and to help you get the right frame of mind, four of these competing animating filmmakers have given us the inside look! Click on the film or on the film name to watch and vote for...

ReelPitch Challenge to Award $25,000 + Other Prizes to Four Emerging Filmmakers

ReelPitch Challenge to Award $25,000 + Other Prizes to Four Emerging Filmmakers Submissions Due Aug. 9th in Industry Jury/People’s Choice Competition The Audience Awards  invites filmmakers from around the globe to submit a pitch video of their film or web series to...

Presenting Filmmaker/Animator Shawn Steven Myles competing in Animation Film Shorts

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? This started off as a simple desire, to make a cartoon like the ones I use to watch growing up in the 80s. When I was a kid I use to make up my own stories to my favorite TV shows such as Transformers. I created...

Introducing Filmmaker Ashton Green competing in Animation Film Shorts Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? What inspired me to become a filmmaker/ animator was watching the cartoon series Ed, Edd and Eddy. The show was so funny and creative to me; ever since then I wanted to be an 2 -D animator. Plus, I have a deep passion...

In the Kitchen Video Contest is accepting submissions

In The Kitchen With Homewood Suites And Home2 Suites by Hilton Video Contest is open for submissions! This Video Contest is highlighting Homewood and Home2's Full Kitchens! TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $17,000 How do you use our hotel’s in-suite kitchen and dining room table?...

Meet the Winners of the Women Startup Challenge

 Stephanie Lampkin and Blendoor Live Event Audience Choice: Blendoor $120,000 in IBM Cloud Credits What sets your company apart from others in the industry? Blendoor is the recruiting app that masks name, photo, and age to circumvent unconscious bias so companies can...

7 Movies to Watch While Celebrating the Fourth of July

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower Red Dawn (2012) A group of teenager, led by a Marine...

Top 6 Filmmaker Equipment Resources

Equipment is important! Finding the right filmmaking equipment for the right price can take up valuable time that is better spent turning your stories into films. We have compiled a list of equipment resources to help make your decisions easier. Here are 6 top notch...

Top filmmaking equipment: Sunbounce

What is your company’s mission? To develop light enhancing tools as compact and light as possible. Why is the SUNBOUNCE-SYSTEM so different! THE SUNBOUNCE-SYSTEM consists of a patented, three-dimensional, dismountable frame made of the best aluminium. Different...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Katie Brenner and bluDiagnostics

bluDiagnostics is the first app to enable women to understand their body through revolutionary saliva-based measurement technology that gives women immediate, quantitative data about their hormone levels. Watch Katie Brenner's pitch by clicking the video above. What...

10 Actors Who Got Their Start in Indie Films

This list of independent films helped actors like George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Ellen Page launch their careers in Hollywood. 1. Robert Pattinson, How to Be (2008) Robert Pattinson plays Art, who suffers from a midlife crisis about twenty years early.  He moves...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Suelin Chen and Cake

Cake is the easiest way to discover, share, and store your end-of-life preferences. Whether you're planning for yourself or a loved one, we offer the tools you need to give yourself and loved ones the peace of mind you deserve. We provide experts to help create a...

Do you write? We have an opportunity!

Do you write? We have an opportunity! Audience Awards seeks writers and film related news articles for our news arm, audNews. The articles can feature equipment reviews, filmmaker techniques, screenwriting tips, post-production hacks...

Presenting the DIY Video Contest Winners

Audience Awards filmmakers made a video that is 3 minutes or under showing off their best filmmaker tip. Check out the winners of the DIY Video Contest by clicking on the image or on the video name. First place audience award winner  “How to make a DIY Teleprompter”...

Audience Awards announces partnership with Filmstro

Audience Awards is pleased to announce a partnership with Filmstro. Filmstro presents filmmakers with an innovative, professional and cost effective solution to meet their soundtrack needs!  Select video contests will award up to two Filmstro soundtrack licenses for...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Carissa Flocken and Entry Point VR

Entry Point Vr provides cross-platform distribution and analytics for virtual reality content. Watch Carissa Flocken's pitch by clicking the video above. What inspired you to start this company? I realized early on that VR was something transformative—the next and the...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Denise Terry and EmbraceFamily Health

EmbraceFamily Health is a digital therapeutics company transforming maternal-child healthcare. It is a digital health program that is developed by leading maternal-fetal medical authorities and to help mothers have the healthiest possible pregnancies and babies, while...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Courtney Gras and Design Flux Technologies

Design Flux Technologies, LLC is a spin-out company from the University of Akron, and was co-founded by two Electrical Engineering students in 2011. Frustrated with the complexity and discontinuity in energy storage systems, these two students surrounded themselves...

Women Startup Challenge Finalist Stephanie Lampkin and Blendoor.

Blendoor is a mobile job matching app that hides candidate name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity recruiting in tech companies. Studies have shown that two identical resumes with only a name difference (i.e., Joe to Jose) can yield 100%...

Tackling Sports from Every Angle: From Scrimmages to Super Bowl 50

Originally published on Monday, February 08, 2016 at 1:59 PM in on ProHub, republished with permission. Growing up in Colorado sports was always a big part of my life and so was the naturally beautiful and rugged landscape. In fact some of my first memories...

Presenting the Oak Cliff Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Oak Cliff Film Festival has two main missions: to showcase the best of independent and brave filmmaking of all stripes and to be a hyper-local neighborhood event that unites and brings together the community of Oak Cliff. Each...

Audience Awards Hosts Women Who Tech Online Video Competition

10 Emerging Female Tech Leaders From Across the U.S. Compete for $410,000 in Cash Awards, Funding Opportunities & Services Shark Tank-Style Startup Challenge Launches at LinkedIn H.Q., June 14th People’s-Choice Vote Runs June 14-20 at TheAudienceAwards.com...

The Video Resume: 5 Examples of Good and Bad Ways to Execute Them

Originally published on Monday, February 15, 2016 on ProHub, view the original article here.  Believe it or not, the idea of a video resume is not at all novel. They have been around for a while; however, they have not been popular with mainstream hiring practices....

Top 10 Life Lessons From Ghostbusters

Iconic '80s sci-fi classic is packed full of awesome lessons This summer marks the 32-year anniversary of the first Ghostbusters movie and of course the brand new Ghostbusters, (release date July 15, 2016.) In celebration of the new and in honor of the old, here are...

Companies that Support Independent Filmmakers: Hendrick’s Gin

What is your company’s mission? Meet the delightfully curious Hendrick’s Gin. Life is simply too glorious not to experience its peculiar flavour, infused with rose and cucumber in our remote Scottish distillery. Seek out those who embrace the unusual, and you’ll find...

Presenting the Woods Hole Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Woods Hole Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was established to organize the annual Festival; form relationships and strategic alliances with other film festivals and organizations to showcase independent film;...

Congratulations to The Produce Box Video Contest Winners

The Produce Box Members First place audience award goes to "Cooking With The Produce Box" by Maudie Kaiser   Second place audience award goes to "Trim"by Jessica Riley "We are thrilled to have come in second place in the Produce Box video contest.  My son Colin...

Top Lighting Equipment: Mola Light

What is your company’s mission? To inspire new styles of lighting using of our innovative light shaping tools. What is your best selling product? Our product is very diverse, each product has a specific function. Each reflector produces a dramatically...

PRESS RELEASE: AFCI Partners with Audience Awards for The 2016 AFCI Creativity Awards

More Than 300 Global Film Commissions Compete for Best Marketing Campaigns for the AFCI Creativity Awards 2016  Los Angeles, CA - June 6, 2016  – The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) today announced the return of its annual film commission...

Congratulations to the 2016 Music Film & Video Contest Winners

In the 2016 Music Film & Video Contest 37 films competed for $690 total prize value and invaluable exposure. Competing films received 2,250 votes and over 5,300 film views! To watch the winning videos click on the image or the film name! "I'm a nine-to-fiver with...

10 Films based on comic books that might surprise you

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that films based on comic books have been extremely popular in the last decade. Raking in millions at the box office alone, it seems everyone is willing to part with their money to see the latest action packed, super...

Top Filmmaker Software: Filmstro

 What is your Company’s mission? We are on a mission to redefine the music production business. We want to liberate filmmakers, creatives, game developers, in fact anyone who wants to marry music to their creative project. We are setting music free. How do filmmakers...

It’s Time to Get Voting! DIY Filmmaker Tips

There are 30 three minute or under films showing off their filmmakers best DIY tips to help you step up your indie filming game! Show them some love and appreciation by watching and voting for their entries into DIY Filmmaker Tips Video Contest. Fund their filmmaking...

X-Doria Testimonials Video Contest is open for submissions!

X-Doria customers: grab your iPhone, iPad or GoPro, this video contest is for you! A review/testimonial video contest about Defense Series iPhone cases! TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $1,750 Why do you need a protective case, and why did you choose your X-Doria Defense product?...

VR Equipment Series: ZEISS VR One

What is your organization’s mission? Our mission is to offer the best VR experience! What is your product or products? The Virtual Reality head set ZEISS VR ONE How did you get started in VR? We are in the market of Head-Mounted-Displays (HMD) for several years...

5 Insider Tips for Hiring a Qualified Film Crew

Originally published on ProHUB, republished with permission. Every year, thousands of hopefuls flock to Los Angeles, Vancouver, and New York with a dream to make it big in the film and television industry. We live in a time where every college student with a phone has...

Guest Contributor: A Day in the Life of Marina Bruno

By Marina Bruno My name’s Marina Bruno and I’m an independent female filmmaker! I’ve made 9 official short films and wrote, directed, produced, filmed and edited my first feature film when I was 19 years old! I now also have a separate YouTube vlogging channel where I...

5 Webisodes Filmmaker Quotes

Check out a few of the submissions (and quotes) from the 2016 Webisodes Video Contest. Click on the image or the video title to watch and vote! “I would like the audience to know why I created the series. I created the series to give an authentic voice to OUR story of...

The Produce Box Filmmaker Quotes

Check out quotes from The Produce Box Employee and Member Video Contest filmmakers, open for voting on The Audience Awards. To watch the video's click on the image or on the filmmaker's name! Remember you can vote once a day for as many films as you like! “1) Putting...

Presenting Capturing LA Video Contest Winners!

Samy’s Camera has been a landmark in Los Angeles for 40 years! You have helped us celebrate this milestone with short films that represents what has made Los Angeles the premier city in the country during this time period. Capturing LA received 31 submissions, over...

Introducing Filmmaker Ken Bray and “Beyond the Six, Chapter 1”

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? A sheer love of film and the film making process inspired me to learn the tools of filmmaking. Being able to tell a story and unexpectedly having a story to tell inspired me to put them to use. On March 16, 2015, two...

Top Sound Equipment: TASCAM

What is your company’s mission? At TASCAM, our goal has always been to provide musicians and sound design artists with the tools they need to fully realize their vision. Building on a strong legacy of products designed for home and studio recording, we at TASCAM have...

Filmmaker Shawn Steven Myles Competing in Webisodes Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? It started with a flip book shown to me by my elementary school art teacher when I was in kindergarten. It was of a foot ball going through a goal post. I was so fascinated with the visual I attempted to recreated...

Companies that Support Independent Filmmakers: Ghost River Brewing Company

What is your company’s mission? Ghost River’s mission is to make the highest quality drinkable local beer available.  We were the first craft production brewery in Memphis and have taken that role very seriously.  We want our customers to enjoy great craft beer...

Guest Contributor: Filmmaking in a Bubble

By Tyler Immel An element I think that has been too well attributed to filmmaking culture is the classic trope of the starry-eyed kid trying to make it big. Making an impact that’s big; that’s what it takes to set the bar; to appease our youthful sense of wonder and...

Introducing Filmmaker Ricardo Lugo Competing in Music, Film and Video Contest

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Ricardo Andres Lugo. I’ve been making films for close to nine years. I started making them in high school after my former best friend and I got in trouble with the dean of my school. My best friend wanted...

8 filmmaker quotes from 2016 Music Film and Video Contest

2016 Music Film and Video Contest is open for voting! 37 films are competing for a total of $690 and the prestige of winning the audience award. Eight of those entries have submitted quotes to enhance your viewing enjoyment. Click on the name of the film or on the...

Filmmaker Blogs Worth Following: Directors Notes

What topics do you cover in your blog? Directors Notes has scoured the globe for the very best that independent cinema has to offer, whilst sharing the production stories which led to their creation. Eclectic in its tastes, Directors Notes is where you can find the...

X-Doria Offers $9,310 Total Prize Value in Two Video Contests

 X-Doria announces its partnership with The Audience Awards for a Protection and Style Video Contest and Testimonials Video Contest. Protection and Style Video Contest Filmmakers will have the opportunity to submit a professional video sharing how their iPhone is...

Introducing Filmmaker Travis Sickler Competing in Music, Film and Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? After becoming a business owner I started toying with video creation to advertise my business. After I created my first successful marketing video and the response I received from the public, I was hooked. I started...

CANNES 2016 HERALDS RESURGENCE OF KODAK MOTION PICTURE FILM

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY INVESTMENTS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE CLASSIC MEDIUM CANNES — May 18, 2016 — For Immediate Release — Real film is back. With multiple premieres at the 2016 CANNES Film Festival shot on Kodak film, including four features in...

Top Sound Equipment: RØDE

What is your company’s mission? RØDE’s mission is to provide premium performance audio products at an accessible price, to enable artists and engineers around the world to achieve their creative goals. What is your best selling product? Last year our biggest selling...

Introducing Filmmaker H. Paul Moon Competing in 2016 Music Film & Video Contest

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I'm a filmmaker, video artist and composer who specializes in performing arts profiles and experimental/dance films. My work has screened in a few dozen festivals and won awards, while I also manage online filmmaker...

Filmmaking Blogs Worth Following: The Beat

What topics do you cover in your blog? The Beat is everything filmmaking and video production. The topics covered range from camera round ups to after effects tips and tricks and everything in between. We strive to be a holistic source of information for all skill...

How to Prep a Big Budget Shoot Like a Boss

10 ways to successfully get the job done Originally published on ProHUB, republished with permission. So your big budget flick is greenlit for production – congratulations! But where do you go from here? Though your movie will be remembered for what’s seen on screen,...

Introducing Film in Georgia (The Country, Not the State)

What is the mission of the newly launched film industry incentive scheme ? In 2016 the Government of Georgia introduced film industry incentive scheme "Film in Georgia", which offers 20-25% cash rebate on qualified expenses incurred in the country for international...

14 Quotes from Capturing LA Competing Filmmakers

14 of the Capturing LA Video Contest (hosted by Samy's Camera) competing filmmakers have given the audience an inside look at the making of their films. Watch and vote for the short films that express what makes LA so special. Click on the film title or the image to...

Presenting Buffalo International Film Festival

What is the Buffalo International Film Festival’s mission? We have a number of different things that we try and do for the community, but also for filmmakers in the U.S. and also internationally.  First and foremost our mission is to sow great films, and also to give...

Filmmaking Blogs Worth Following: Hurlblog

What topics do you cover in your blog? The topics we cover in The Hurlblog revolve around the art of cinematography and visual story telling. We cover everything from lighting to leadership to in depth gear tests and analysis. We do this with articles like "My Go To...

Introducing Actor Pragathi Yadhati

How did you get inspired to become an actor? I have been a dancer and have been performing since I was 4 year old. I also started writing poetry when I was in high school. I did computer science engineering in college, I loved computers and also my parents paved my...

Presenting 2016 Wild and Green Short Film Winners

The 2016 Wild and Green Short Film Video Contest has wrapped up and we have the winners! With 18 films competing for a total prize value of $690, the films received a total of 705 votes and total views reaching over 2000! To view each film, click on the image or the...

8 Movies to watch on Mother’s Day

At the Audience Awards, we prefer to celebrate with film. Here is our office pics for the best movies to watch with Mom on her special day. Happy Mother's Day! 1. August Rush Directed by Kirsten Sheridan A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical...

Desert Island Gear: 7 Pieces of Gear You’ll Wish You Had

Remember Tower Records? Tom Hanks' son Colin recently directed a great documentary about that fallen empire, nostalgic to us pre-millennial, pre-hipster music collectors who spent sinful amounts of money on actual stuff that you couldn't just download. They were...

Chicago Comedy Film Festival

What is the Chicago Comedy film festival’s mission? Our main mission is to just promote comedy as a viable art form. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? We are an international film festival and we really focused on independent...

Filmmaking Blogs Worth Following: Noam Kroll

What topics do you cover in your blog? I cover a wide spectrum of topics on my blog, ranging from creative techniques and technical tutorials to camera reviews and other industry related news. That said, everything on the site is really geared towards the independent...

Presenting Raindance Film Festival

What is Raindance Film Festival’s mission? Raindance Film Festival’s mission is to promote new independent films and emerging filmmakers from the UK and around the world to a UK audience. Our tagline since the festival started (now in our 24th year) is: Discover. Be...

Presenting Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film festival celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Featuring narratives, documentaries,...

Introducing Indie Memphis Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission?  The Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. With a focus on regional filmmaking, the festival seeks to bring a...

Presenting NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)

What is your film festival’s mission? NewFilmmakers Los Angeles showcases innovative works by emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. We feature short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, and new media. What role does your film festival...

Best Thing I Did With My Produce Box This Week Video Contest is open for submissions!

  What do you love to do with your Produce Box? We want to know!! In a one minute video, share the BEST THING you did with your Produce Box this week. You may include tips/tricks/recipes, one food item, eight food items - whatever it takes to tell us the best...

Presenting BendFilm Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film community? Bend is located right in the center of Oregon. Our...

Presenting the Austin Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Austin Film Festival (AFF) furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film and television to tell a story. What role does...

Preston Sturges and Four Glorious Years

Preston Sturges and Four Glorious Years By Anthony Marinelli “The only amazing thing about my career in Hollywood is that I ever had one at all.” -Preston Sturges It always amazes me to find that there are actually people, including film students, who don’t know who...

Introducing Broadway International Film Festival

The Broadway International Film Festival (BIFF-LA) aims to bring back focus and interest to the Broadway corridor of downtown Los Angeles.  BIFF-LA accomplishes this goal by focusing on the importance and the historical significance of this area when bringing a major...

Introducing the Sunset Film Festival

What is your film festival's mission? Our (Sunset Film Festival's) mission is to help talented filmmakers by screening their work in front live audience. How long has your film festival been around? 5 years What is something people look forward to every year at your...

Presenting the Sunscreen Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Our primary goal is to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida through our educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a...

2015 Fusion Doc Challenge Showcase Winners

The top 12 2015 Fusion Doc Challenge finalist films premiered at Slamdance Film Festival & screened at Big Sky Documentary Film Festivals in 2016. Here are the top three! “I’ve been making films for 16 years now, having graduated with an MFA in Cinema from San...

Accordion, Lots of Accordion: Michael Giacchino’s Approach to Scoring ‘Ratatouille’

Accordion, Lots of Accordion: Michael Giacchino’s Approach to Scoring ‘Ratatouille’ by George Karpasitis The art of cinema - why do we love it so much? Why do many of us spend so many hours of our lives in a dark room in front of a screen, looking at something that is...

Presenting the New Media Film Festival

The 7th Annual New Media Film Festival is right around the corner! What are you hoping will make this year stand apart from previous years? We are so very excited to start the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9 2016 at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles....

Presenting the Female Eye Film Festival

What is the Female Eye film festival’s mission? Our Mission is to showcase films directed by women.  We present high caliber, independent films in all genres directed by women. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? We are...

Presenting the Big Island Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? To celebrate narrative films and filmmaking. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? Hawaii’s film community is a vital and creative family of filmmakers. The festival does all it can to provide...

Meet Tiburon International Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event, which seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film, and through the top quality films from around...

Presenting The Norwegian International Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Our mission is to be Norway’s major film festival, and to be the essential meeting place for the Nordic film industry. We aim to promote Nordic and international films and to be a place for discussion related to the film industry...

Meet Filmmaker Sarah R. Lotfi and “Colorado Revealed Worlds Within”

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? There is something very rewarding about working alongside talented people and orchestrating the fusion of ideas. When I was first experimenting with short films, the medium was a way to have a social life with so many...

Meet the Contestants in Colorado Revealed Video Contest

Colorado Office of Film,Television & Media’s Colorado Revealed Video Contest is off with a bang! 49 films are competing for a total prize value of $15,000 and commemorative Hateful 8 Film strips from Kodak. Meet 14 contestants and read what they have to say. To...

Fusion Doc Challenge Showcase Mid-Contest Check In

These 2015 Fusion Doc Challenge finalist films premiered at Slamdance Film Festival & screened at Big Sky Documentary Film Festivals in 2016. Watch, comment, ask the filmmakers questions and vote for your favorites. The top 3 films with the most votes win a share...

Presenting Live Action Short Video Contest Winners

The 2016 Live Action Short Video Contest has come to a close! 12 films competed for $800 and exposure. The contest received over 1200 votes and over 2300 individual film views! Click on the image or the film name to view the best! “I've served as an independent...

Presenting Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? We work to support our local community with free...

Introducing Filmmaker David Moum and “The Beauty In Going Back”

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Ever since I was young I have loved film. As a family we would gather weekly to have a movie night, and that garnered my attention to the art. I've always pictured sequences in my head, but until recently I haven't had a...

Introducing the Beverly Hills Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Beverly Hills Film Festival’s (BHFF) mission is to establish a philanthropic identity as a cultural preserver and a fortified patron of literacy advancement in the fields of arts and humanities on a local and globalized level....

Cinematography 101: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a DP

*This article originally appeared on ProductionHub, you can view the article here. Cinematography is a true art form of filmmaking. Just like learning a language, one must be well versed in the "language" of a cinematographer, before they are really able to...

AudNews Presents the Universe Multicultural Film Festival

What is the Universe Multicultural Film Festival's mission? The Universe Multicultural Film Festival seeks to bring the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from the world; Committed to enlightening the public with a unique international film program, a forum...

Introducing the ProVideo Coalition

What is your organization’s mission? ProVideo Coalition (PVC) pulls together various working professionals in media & entertainment under a single URL. The site features pros who write about what they're seeing, experiencing and learning in various fields, whether...

Presenting HollyShorts Film Festival and co-founder Daniel Sol

What is your film festival’s mission?  Our festival mission is to create a non exclusive yet competitive environment for great short filmmakers and content creators to showcase, highlight, spotlight, and enable the films and the creators to further progress their...

Presenting Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

AudNews is proud to present Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival and Festival Artistic Director Pat Mire. What is your film festival’s mission? Located in the heart of Cajun country, the annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (COTB)  is dedicated to presenting...

Live Action Shorts Mid-Contest Check In

It's time for Live Action Short Video Contest mid-contest check in! Five busy filmmakers have taken the time to share the inside look at their creative films. Click the image or their film name to watch and vote for your favorite, and remember, you can vote for as...

Announcing Capturing LA Video Contest

Samy’s Camera is partnering with The Audience Awards to launch the Capturing LA Video Contest! Over $12,000 in prizes will be awarded through the competition which will help to celebrate 40 years of Samy’s Camera as a landmark retailer in Los Angeles. Entrants should...

Presenting Breckenridge Film Festival

 What is Breckenridge Film Festival’s mission? We started as a small group of dedicated film lovers, who got together and they decided that a film festival in the High Country was a good idea.  The festival started small, with a little over 100 people attending, but...

AudTV interviews Filmmaker N’Jeri Eaton

AudTV interviews Big Sky Pitch Sessions Panelist and Filmmaker N'Jeri Eaton at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF.) Click the image or follow this link to watch the interview. N'Jeri Eaton is the Content Development and Initiatives Manager at Independent...

AudTV Interviews filmmaker Maya Suchak

AudTV interviews filmmaker Maya Suchak following the premier of her film "Life is Grand" at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF.) Click the image or follow this link to watch the interview. Life is Grand reveals the hopes and dreams of Abdul Nur, the “Mayor...

AudTV interviews Filmmaker Lucy Walker

AudTV interviews Academy Award Nominee Filmmaker Lucy Walker following the screening of her film "Waste Land" at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF.) Click the image or follow this link to watch. Waste Land is an uplifting feature documentary highlighting...

#ColoradoRevealed Video Contest Submission Deadline Approaches

Colorado Office of Film,Television & Media's #ColoradoRevealed Video Contest Submissions deadline is fast approaching! Filmmakers have until 11:00 PM MST on April 4th to submit their one minute film showcasing the beautiful state of Colorado. There is no entry fee...

AudTV interviews Filmmaker Olga Lvoff

AudTV interviewed Filmmaker Olga Lvoff after she pitched her film, "Amongst Ourselves," in the Big Sky Pitch Sessions at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF.) Click the image or follow this link to watch the interview. Check out her website...

Presenting the Love Shorts Video Contest Winners!

2016 Love Shorts Video Contest has come to a close! 24 Films competed for a total of $800, exposure and prestige. Click on the image or the film name to view the best! Filmmaker Danielle Orbach's "Seamless Love" Audience Awards Winner First Place $300 "The Audience...

AudTV interviews Filmmakers Whitney Skauge and Drew Daly

AudTV interviews Filmmakers Whitney Skauge and Drew Daly following the screening of their film "Everyone In Between" at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF). Click the image or follow this link to watch the interview. Everyone In Between - A Mini Doc...

AudTV Interviews Filmmaker Amy Nicholson

AudTV interviews Filmmaker Amy Nicholson at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) following the world premier of her documentary "Pickle." Click on the image or follow this link to watch the interview. Pickle is about a couple who recounts the various animals...

Women Startup Challenge looking to award $50,000 to Game Changing Women Led Startups

Women Who Tech Launches 3rd Women Startup Challenge to Increase Funding for Women-Led Startups The Women Startup Challenge, one of the largest initiatives to bring together top early-stage women-led startups, launched a national competition to showcase and help fund...

AudTV Interviews Filmmaker Kimberly Reed

AudTV interviews Filmmaker Kimberly Reed following her pitch for her film "Dark Money" at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF). Click the image to watch the interview or follow this link. Kimberly Reed’s work has been featured on OPRAH, CNN, NPR, DETAILS...

Introducing Louisiana Film Prize Film Festival

What is your Louisiana Film Prize film festival’s mission? Our festival aims to empower filmmakers by providing that which they need most: motivation, feedback, engaged audiences, professional connections, and the world’s largest cash prize for a short film - $50,000...

Introducing Film Jobs Board by ProductionHUB & The Audience Awards

ProductionHUB & The Audience Awards Form Strategic Alliance to Support Budding Filmmakers The Film Jobs Board is available here. ORLANDO – ProductionHUB, the global network for local crew & vendors, announces its partnership with The Audience Awards. The...

Presenting the winners of 100th Hotel Opening Video Contest

The 100th Hotel Opening Video Contest showcasing Home2 Suites by Hilton has come to a close! There were 37 films competing that tallied more than 5,000 votes and received an astounding 13,480 total film views! $17,000 was awarded to the winners. Follow this link to...

AudTV interviews Christine Wilcox Holmes

Christine Wilcox Holmes was a founding member of what is now known as The Representation Project (formerly MissRepresentation.org). At Big Sky Doc Film Festival’s DocShop she discussed how the documentary film Miss Representation became a catalyst for social change...

AudTV Interviews Filmmaker Darcy Dennett

The Champions A Documentary film by Darcy Dennett screened at the 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where Darcy sat down for an interview with AudTV. Director and Producer Darcy Dennett has worked in photography, film, and television for twenty years. She...

100th Hotel Opening Video Contest Mid Contest Check-in

There are 37 films for your viewing (and voting) pleasure competing in the 100th Hotel Opening Video Contest! Nine filmmakers are giving you their inside look. Click on the video name or the image to watch and vote. Remember you can vote for each film once a day...

Introducing Aymar Jean Christian and Open TV

 Aymar Jean Christian (pictured above), head of development for Open TV and assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University answers some questions about Open TV! What is your organization’s mission? Open TV (beta) is designed to intervene in...

Introducing Filmmaker Laurie Lane Competing in 100th Hotel Opening Video Contest

Laurie Lane, How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I've been a film photographer for years and have always envisioned "moving pictures" or film/video as a progression from that. Photography is telling a story with a still image and movies take it a step...

Inside Look at Love Shorts

It's mid-contest for Love Shorts and we wanted to give the audience an insider's perspective on the heart and soul of some of these films. Six competing filmmakers have opened up their creative minds. Click on the images to watch their films and if you like what you...

Introducing Filmmaker Hannah Yohannes

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Hannah Yohannes and I'm a storyteller through visual and written mediums. I fell in love with film at a young age and decided to pursue it so I can inspire my kids to follow their dreams. What are you...

Presenting Big Sky Documentary Film Festival DocShop 2016

 The 13th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) brings this year’s best stories to Missoula, featuring films that entertain, educate and impact us all. Each year, BSDFF holds DocShop, a 5-day conference (Feb 22nd - 26th 2016) for filmmakers and...

Introducing Filmmaker Amy Goddard Competing in Love Shorts Video Contest

Amy Goddard, How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? When I went back to work after years home raising my kids, I wanted to jump back in with a bang. Writing and shooting my own work felt like a great way to re-enter a market that looked really different than...

Introducing Filmmaker Paul Jilbert competing in the Love Shorts Video Contest

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? Paul Jilbert been making flicks since like the beginning of time. Photographed my first 35mm commercial spot in 1984 for a Ferrari Car dealership and shot  it at dusk with an Blade Runner look to it. What are you...

Introducing Filmmaker Sarah Hudson Competing in Love Shorts Video Contest

Sarah Hudson, how did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I've always been into art, but at a certain point I fell completely in love with film as a medium. We experience films differently than other art forms: we spend time with them, we connect with them, and...

Introducing the 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) in Missoula, MT

The 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is happening! The Missoula, MT event runs from Feb 19-28 and packs enough activities, workshops and movies to keep film makers and film appreciators busy! BSDFF has become the biggest cinema event in Montana,...

Introducing The Colorado Environmental Film Festival

What is your mission? The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is a celebration of the power of film to inspire, educate and motivate audiences! What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community?   Colorado is a place known for its...

Introducing Filmmaker Victor Pytko Competing in 2016 Love Shorts Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? It came as a natural evolution from years of being an artist -- a painter -- and photography. I've always loved storytelling and the medium is ideally suited to created images in pictures and words. What is your favorite...

Top 9 Resource Sites for Independent Filmmakers

Now, more than ever, the internet has become a great expanse of resources and knowledge. There has never been more available to the independent filmmaker. Social media, tools, and fundraising are all within the reach of your fingertips. Sharing your ideas and...

The votes are in! Check out the Director’s Challenge Video Contest Winners!

The Votes are in and we have our winners! 41 films were submitted, garnering over 9,500 votes and almost 18,000 film views. The winners of the Director's Challenge Video Contest were awarded $17,000 total in prizes. Want to take your shot at $17,000? The 100th Hotel...

audNews Presents Peter McGraw, Behavior Scientist and author of “The Humor Code”

What is your organization’s mission? The Humor Research Laboratory (HuRL) is dedicated to the scientific study of humor and its antecedents and consequences. The lab’s theoretical and methodological base is in the interdisciplinary fields of consumer behavior,...

Presenting Filmmaker William Anderson on The Audience Awards

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is William Anderson. To best describe myself I am an extremely passionate person/artist who lives for creating art that God has instilled within me. My background in filmmaking is very minuscule since I fell...

Colorado Revealed Video Contest is open for submissions!

Colorado Office of Film,Television & Media Launches  #ColoradoRevealed Video Contest Entrants Can Win up to $15,000 in Prizes and Three Hateful 8 Film Strips provided by KODAK When the world thinks of Colorado, what comes to mind? The great outdoors? The Wild...

Presenting the Winners of the 2016 Dramatic Short Video Contest

The Audience Awards is proud to present the winners of the 2016 Dramatic Short Video Contest. Twenty nine films competed and received a total of 2,342 votes and 2,975 film views! In first place, Accident by filmmaker Ava Tong. The first place prize is $300.   "As...

Meet the winners of Kodak’s Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge

The Audience Awards is proud to present the winners of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Finals! The Filmmaker exposure was unprecedented with 525 film submissions, over 82,000 film views and over 20,000 votes! The films ranged from narrative, music videos,...

Introducing Filmmaker Luke Ostermiller Competing in Director’s Challenge Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? The summer before I started 6th grade, I decided I wanted to make YouTube videos. I asked my parents for a camera for my 12th birthday and they got me one. My friends and I started making goofy videos that we thought...

Presenting Winner of Best Fusion Film in the Fusion Doc Challenge Filmmaker Sofian Khan and “Timeshifters”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? Our film is about the origins and ultimate fate of the VHS format, something near and dear to my heart since I grew up watching movies and shooting on the format. How did you choose your subject? After an initial...

International Documentary Challenge and Fusion Announce 2015 Fusion Doc Challenge Winners at Slamdance Premiere

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2016 INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE AND FUSION ANNOUNCE 2015 FUSION DOC CHALLENGE WINNERS AT SLAMDANCE PREMIERE PARK CITY, UTAH. – Tonight, twelve films created for The International Documentary Challenge premiered...

Introducing Producer Paola Oliva Competing in Dramatic Short Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I'm not really a producer. I'm a doctor anaestheist in a hospital in Rome, Italy. But I love films and I decided to study in a school how to write about. Here I met Umberto (The Director), he's so younger than me. He...

Introducing Filmmaker Jonathan Harnisch competing in 2016 Dramatic Short Video Contest

What is your favorite part about the short film form? The short form requires that the story is condensed into its most important elements; I enjoy that challenge. What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc. Music has always...

Introducing Filmmaker Jonathan Harnisch competing in 2016 Dramatic Short Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I’m not sure exactly how I became inspired to be a filmmaker; however, I have been involved with filmmaking since I was given my first Super 8 camera when I was 12, and I then began making mini-documentaries, with me as...

Presenting Filmmaker Irving Gamboa A Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Finalist

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? After watching Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" I knew I wanted to make films for the rest of my life. What is your favorite part about the short film form? I think it is very complex and it forces the filmmaker to be economic...

2016 brings Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality & 3D Content to New Media Film Festival

 Another moment in the history of consciousness-the spawning of Machine Consciousness through ART-For the first time in the history of the man/machine interface-the Artificial Experience has been born. In the Spotlight today are the 2016 early selects for the 7th...

Introducing Filmmaker Tim Glover Competing in Dramatic Short Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Films have always been a big part of my life. In middle school I drew a lot, a lot of comics and actually made the panels and characters, I'd say then it was all about telling a great story. What is your favorite part...

Presenting Horror Shorts Contest Winner Filmmaker and Actor Tommy Swan

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Tommy Swan, acting is my true passion, but I love seeing ideas come to life with film. I started creating short movies with my family and friends when I was about 14 years old. We would always make these...

Presenting Filmmaker Morgann Gicquel and his Film “Symphonie Melancolique”

"Merci. Despite being 56 votes away from the podium, preventing us to be a winner of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, the first word that comes to mind, as I repeated it often in my numerous emails, is a simple thank you. Not that simple. In a world going mad,...

Congratulations to the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Winners

FLASHBACK Jury Selections: Train  Directed by Renato CoelhoThe Downward Carrousel (Emerging Filmmaker)Directed by Laura Nai FLASHBACK Audience Awards Selections: 1st Place:Tulum City of Dawn Directed by Irving Gamboa2nd Place:Red Is Dead Directed by Dianne...

Kodak Super 8 Filmmaker Challenge Lead Story On Indiewire

Indiewire featured Kodak Super 8 Filmmaker Challenge on The Audience Awards! In celebration of the 50 year anniversary of Super 8 film, Kodak launched a global filmmaker challenge. Submissions were 5 minutes or under and entered into three different categories: POV...

Introducing Filmmaker Jesse Griffith Competing in Kodak Super 8 POV Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Sitting on my dad's lap at the age of 4 watching Star Wars had a lot to do with it. Fortuitous that you should ask that this week (Episode VII: "The Force Awakens" just opened.) But the big spark was actually at the end...

Presenting Filmmaker Moises Perez Competing in the Kodak Super 8 Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I love the art of cinematography as a unique form of expression. What is your favorite part about the short film form? The challenge to tell a story in a short period of time. Who were the people that supported the...

Introducing Filmmaker Patricia Venti Competing in Kodak Super 8 Flashback Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Watching 1950's US TV series in Venezuela. What is your favorite part about the short film form? Maximum sensations; minimum time elapsed. Who were the people that supported the making of this film? Nobody. Just me. What...

Introducing Filmmaker Matt Stevens Competing in the Kodak Super 8 Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I always knew I wanted to be a filmmaker, but seeing DIE HARD in 1988 with a sold out crowd that had no clue what they were about to see sealed the deal. It was an experience that changed me. I knew then I had to be a...

Introducing Filmmaker Carlo Bruno Competing in Kodak Super 8 POV Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I was six years old and my mother show me an old rusty reel of a Walt Disney film and she explained to me how the magic of motion happened. I remember looking at each frame and seeing how little by little Mickey Mouse...

Introducing Filmmaker Ramez Silyan Competing in Kodak Super 8 Video Contest

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Ramez Silyan. I am a first generation Syrian American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. My background is filmmaking is mostly self-taught, but I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in...

Introducing Filmmaker Moises Perez Competing in Kodak Super 8 Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I love the art of cinematography as a unique form of expression. What is your favorite part about the short film form? The challenge to tell a story in a short period of time. Who were the people that supported the...

Introducing Filmmaker Chelsea Avery Competing in Kodak Super 8 POV Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Years of finding solace and inspiration in film music primarily. Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, these are my heroes. What is your favorite part about the short film form? It's accessible and concise. At...

Presenting Filmaker Mike Chinea competing in Kodak Super 8 POV

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? The magic of movies made everything possible. What is your favorite part about the short film form? You can tell your story is a compressed time form and working with limited or no budgets you can have your project in...

Introducing Filmmaker Patrick Christian competing in Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge

  Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? "I'm nobody. I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine. And a straight razor ...if you get too close to me” Nah, I’m just kidding… but that question, “Who are you?” always reminds me of that...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge top 20 finalist, filmmaker Michelle Farache and “Let Them Eat Cake”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? Let Them Eat Cake is a short documentary about a cake shop owner who receives an unusual order and is forced to decide if she should abide by the First Amendment, or stick to her own beliefs. How did you choose your...

Introducing Filmmaker Jim Granato Competing in the Kodak Super 8 Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? As long as I can remember I wanted to "direct" movies. It took me years to figure out what that actually meant, but I've pretty much known for most of my life I wanted to be involved. I think being turned on to many...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge top 20 finalist, Filmmaker Stefanie Malone and “Trust”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? In 2005, Kurt Geissel opened Cafe Racer in Seattle, which has become a community for artists and creatives to gather and feel a sense of belonging. But this was all disrupted when a tragedy occurred, changing Kurt’s life...

Introducing Filmmaker Barry Rubinow Competing in Kodak Super 8

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Barry Rubinow. I have been making films since I was a teenager in the late 60's. I started out making little films for English or History class instead of writing a paper. I moved out to Los Angeles after...

Introducing Filmmaker John Ker competing in the Flashback category of the KODAK SUPER 8 FILMMAKING CHALLENGE

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? After going through school and work a bunch of random jobs in my 20’s I finally ended up in Toronto, working as a camera assistant in the film and television industry. I’ve always had a passion for shooting on film,...

Introducing Filmmaker Rob Carpenter Competing in KODAK SUPER 8 POV

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I think my very first visceral experience with film and film making was when I was 16 living in Quebec. I remember being enthralled with Sam Raimi's Evil Dead for the first time on a late night french channel. I think...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge Finalist, Filmmaker Danny Tayara and “Oh, I Get It”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? Queer standup comedians in Seattle paint a picture of oppressive comedy culture and what we can do to change it. How did you choose your subject? We agreed that we wanted to tell a story true to our identities. Marginalized...

Presenting Filmmaker Jeff Zorrilla competing in the KODAK SUPER 8 FILMMAKING CHALLENGE

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Jeff Zorrilla. I am an American filmmaker currently working in Buenos Aires. I studied film in Santa Cruz, California and then worked in production in New York for 5 years until moving to Argentina. What...

Voting for Kodak Super 8 Challenge is open for Voting with Over 530 Super 8 Film Entries!

Voting for Kodak Super 8 Challenge is Open. Over 530 Super 8 Film Entries to the Contest. Rachel Morrison, Elliott Landy and Glenn Gainor Among Judges for the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Jury Awards Kodak has enlisted an elite list of filmmakers, a photographer...

Introducing Filmmaker Mike Chinea, Competing in KODAK SUPER 8 POV

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I loved the film noir of the 1950s. What is your favorite part about the short film form? A compact way to tell a story. Who were the people that supported the making of this film? Larry Costales as DP, Lupe Hernandez a...

Introducing filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer, competing in KODAK SUPER 8 FLASHBACK VIDEO CONTEST.

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? My first love in image-making was black-and-white photography, which I studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The images from this time in my life – of plaster statues and playgrounds and naked bodies and...

Presenting top 20 Fusion Doc Challenge finalist filmmaker Duncan Williamson and “Signal Box – Vibrance to a Concrete Jungle”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film, "Signal Box – Vibrance to a Concrete Jungle," about? My Fusion Doc Challenge film is about a public art project that Clean Slate Group out of Bozeman, MT started called the a.r.t Project, artistically reclaimed traffic boxes. The...

Introducing filmmaker Jose Luis Villar competing in the KODAK SUPER 8 FILMMAKING CHALLENGE

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I'm actually a fashion and advertising photographer. Video productions, in this case in Super 8, are an accompaniment to my work photography. What is your favorite part about the short film form? The texture featuring...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge Finalist Filmmaker Marco Diaz and “A Place For Lidia”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film, "A Place For Lidia," about? My Fusion Doc Challenge film is a portrait of A woman named Lidia. Lidia makes a daily 29 mile journey by two metro trains and bus to her job. She wakes up at four o’clock in the morning and arrives at...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge finalists Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? “Do You See What I See?” follows politically minded, Chicago artist Michael Bryant to his childhood home in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood while discussing cowboys, politicians, hope and desperation. The...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge finalist Filmmaker Jesse Kerman and his film “Don’t Call Me Cute”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? Our film Don’t Call Me Cute follows pioneering 60s rock musician June Millington from the early stages of her career and struggles with being a female musician in a male-dominated industry, through to the founding of her...

Introducing the Winning Filmmakers of Hilton’s Book Direct Contest

Homewood Suites by Hilton & Home2 Suites by Hilton Book Direct Contest Winners Announced!  "Be Direct" Directed by Rachel Fleischer 1st place Jury Winner & 2nd place Audience Award Winner WON $8,000 https://theaudienceawards.com/films/be-direct-52056 “I have...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge top 20 finalist filmmaker Sarah Hudson, and her film “Butterfly”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? Butterfly follows the four day collaboration between a dancer, a musician, and a filmmaker to create a performance based on the dancer's experience with thyroid disease. How did you choose your subject? We were given the...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge Top 20 Finalists Alex Williams, Dara Hall and Jobe Layton

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film, "Perspective," about? Our Fusion Doc Challenge film is about Bonnie Hall’s daily life and struggles with glaucoma as told by her daughter, Dara Hall. Dara discovers a new outlook on life through witnessing her mother’s positivity...

Presenting filmmaker and Fusion Doc Challenge Finalist Josef Beeby and his film “A Day in the Life of a Pedestrian Crosswalk Button”

What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film about? This film explores the hidden life of an object we interact with every day and therefore overlook. But it’s these ubiquitous objects that often have the most interesting histories. How did you choose your subject? We wanted...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge top 20 finalists Marty Krzywonos and team Una Corda, along with their film “Keep Smiling”

Team Una Corda, comprised of filmmakers, (Team leader) Marty Krzywonos, Jeremy Ginsberg, and Kyle Miller made it to the top 20 Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists with their film "Keep Smiling". What’s your Fusion Doc Challenge film, "Keep Smiling" about? It’s a brief...

Introducing Filmmaker Bob Brown, competing in the Book Direct Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I sort of fell into film making by accident. Even though I was the dad with the video camera, I never edited anything, thus not many people watched them except for the people in them. Then in 2007 I went on a small boat...

Presenting Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists Ashley Seering, Cory Byers and their film “Renewed”

Meet Ashley Seering and Cory Byers, Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists with their video "Renewed." As finalists they will screen at Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 where the winners will be announced and awarded $3500. They will also screen at The Big Sky...

Hilton’s Book Direct Video Contest is up and running!

Book Direct, the first of three video contests being held by Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton is now open for voting! Filmmakers submitted videos one minute or less about the advantages of booking direct. The audience and jury favorites will win...

Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists Announced!

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS December 3, 2015 – The Audience Awards announced the finalists today for the International Fusion Documentary Challenge.  Filmmakers from around the world were invited to create short documentaries (4-7 minutes)...

Filmmakers wanted! $51,000 to be awarded for winners of three video contests.

The Audience Awards is proud to announce the opening of submissions for three video contests awarding an incredible total of $51,000 for one minute branded videos for Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton! This week, The Audience Awards opened...

Congratulations to the NFMLA October Video Contest Winners!

Founded in 2007, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) has established itself as a strong gathering place for independent cinema screening 950+ films from over 57 countries. NFMLA boasts over 30,000 supporters in the Los Angeles community! The monthly festival provides a...

Kodak Launches Global Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge

Kodak Launches Global Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Entrants Can Win up to $12,500 in Prizes and Have Their films Screened at Slamdance. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 10, 2015) – As part of Kodak’s ongoing celebration of 50 years of Super 8 filmmaking, the company has...

Proudly presenting the winners of NFMLA September!

Congratulations to the NFMLA September winners! Founded in 2007, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) has established itself as a strong gathering place for independent cinema screening 950+ films from over 57 countries. NFMLA boasts over 30,000 supporters in the Los...

Introducing Filmmaker Lisanne Sartor and her film “SIX LETTER WORD”

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? When I was a little kid, we spent every Sunday, the entire Sunday, at my grandmother's house, where the adults would sit around the downstairs kitchen table all day drinking, playing cards and socializing, all of which...

Five ways to make the winning Hilton video and win up to $33,000

Have you heard? Hilton is awarding filmmakers $51,000 across three contests via The Audience Awards. Each Contest Awards: 1st Place Jury Award Winner: $5,000 2nd Place Jury Award Winner: $3,000 1st Place Most Voted Video: $5,000 2nd Place Most Voted Video: $3,000 3rd...

Presenting Filmmaker Sreejith Nair, Competing in Horror Shorts Video Contest

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? The first film I ever saw in my life was Disney’s Dinosaur, and since then I have loved monster movies like Jurassic Park, King Kong, and Godzilla. These were the films that fascinated me the most because it gave me the...

16 Things I Learned from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

39 years ago, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in London on August 14th, 1975.  The film was based on the stage musical The Rocky Horror Show, and boasted many of the same actors such as Tim Curry  and the show's writer, Richard O'Brien.  A box office flop at...

Travel Brands Must Inspire and Collect User-Generated Content

  High ROI Video UGC For Travel Brands The...

Introducing Filmmaker Diana Cabuto, competing in NFMLA On Location

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I got inspired to be a filmmaker when I realized the power that film has to tell a story, to give a message, to express an opinion and to inspire others. Also I found filming a way to release my inner child and let my...

13 Movies To Watch While You’re Sick In Bed

Aaahhhhh... Autumn. The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping. We're breaking out our sweaters, hoodies, hats and tissues. Tissues? Yup. Unfortunately, we're moving into a cold and flu season that will plague the masses and send many of us to bed to...

PureWest Real Estate Video Contest is up and running!

There are 9 films competing in the two PureWest Real Estate Video Contests that are currently open for watching and voting on The Audience Awards. Laura O’Connor, Chief Financial and Operating Officer ​and Sammi Johnson, Marketing Director, gave AudNews the inside...

Four Steps to Win Video Content: Tourism Edition

Four Steps to Win Video Content: Tourism Edition To Travel: Travel:make a journey, typically of some length or abroad.“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Our...

Oxford Film Festival Best of Shorts launches today with 61 short films Competing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH THE AUDIENCE AWARDS FOR SPECIAL “BEST OF SHORTS FEST” CONTEST Oxford, MS (September 28, 2015) – The Oxford Film Festival is hosting an online showcase of their alumni filmmakers’ short films by partnering...

Congratulations to the Comedy Shorts Video Contest Winners!

The Comedy Shorts Video Contest has come to a close! The Audience Awards invited filmmakers to submit their comedic short films for the chance to win part of the $500 prize. The contest received a total of 769 votes and 1,110 film views. In First place, winning  $350...

The votes are in! Check out the five winners of the Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival

The Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival is a short film festival held as part of the first annual Bridger Cup - a competition, exhibition and celebration of drones in Bozeman, Montana. The primary goal of The Bridger Cup event is to raise awareness of the beneficial and...

Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival a success!

In a stunning example of how to increase brand engagement, Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival partnered with The Audience Awards for their first online video festival and they have the exposure to prove it! With 25 film submissions, 35,000 contest views and over 550,000...

Social Media Engagement: Video Contests.

Social Media Engagement: Video Contests. Eyeballs no longer equal dollar signs. The new digital age brings remarkable benefits along with herculean challenges to marketing directors looking for new ways to engage their fans. With the mouth of the brand-megaphone...

The Audience has spoken! The Arizona Short Film winners have been awarded $600 and received over 480 film views!

The Arizona short film showcase has come to a close with over 440 votes and the incredible exposure of 483 film views! The film contest, hosted by The Audience Awards, awarded $600 in cash prizes to the short films shot in or about the state of Arizona. In first place...

The Future of User Generated Content

The Value of Social Impressions: Return on investment. Buzzword? Marketing strategy lynchpin? Flag? It’s a sales saying as old as time: “what if you could spend $100 to make $500? Is that something you’d be interested in?” If you’re met with this proposition, run....

AudNews presents Rise of the Drones film festival

What is your film festival’s mission? For Filmmakers, Athletes, and Audiences to enjoy and explore the world or action and adventure sports from every angle imaginable. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? Rise of the Drones aims...

Top 10 Reasons to Accept the Fusion Doc Challenge

 Top 10 Reasons to take the Fusion Documentary Film Challenge: 1. Slamdance & Big Sky Doc Film Festivals are the screening festival venues for the top 12 Fusion Doc Challenge finalists. These two festivals receive over 6,000 submissions a year. Your chances of...

First place Adventure Shorts winner is awarded $350 and unparalleled exposure!

The First place winner of The Audience Awards Adventure Shorts Video Contest is The Morning Ride by Reid Hemsing. The Morning Ride had over 220 views and won first place with 349 votes! The Award for first place is $350, second place $100, and third place $50. The...

The Evolution of User Generated Content

Behavioral Psychology: It’s human nature to share. Sharing ideas, sharing stories and sharing experiences. In the book Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer, one of the last journal entries of Chris McCandless during his time in the Alaskan wilderness read “happiness is only...

Goodbye Focus Groups. Hello User Generated Content:

Goodbye Focus Groups. Hello User Generated Content:   The formulaic steps in orchestrating a  focus group are nauseating. Considering the time, energy and resources required can be overwhelming for companies of any size. According to the Athena Group, the average...

YouTube + American Idol + Your Brand = The Audience Awards Video Contest Platform

Top 10 Reasons Brands Should Host a Video User Generated Content Contest on The Audience Awards 1. 86% of all time spent online is viewing video content. YouTube members upload 400 hours of video content an hour. Adults spend an average of 5.5 hours with video content...

AudNews Presents SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival inspires people and unites communities to heal the earth. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film-goers are transformed into a congregation...

Congratulations to the NFMLA July competition winners!

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) July competition has ended with 2082 total votes and 792 total views. Congratulations to the NFMLA July competition winners! The first place film and winner of the 6 month license to Variety Insight valued at $1170, Jack of All Trades...

Arizona Short Film Showcase is up and running!

The Audience Awards is hosting a short film showcase featuring short films by, about and/or shot in Arizona that started today, August 18th and will run for 8 days through August 27, 2015. Filmmakers who submitted their short films have a chance to win $600 in cash...

AudNews presents Film School Shorts

What is Film School Shorts mission? Students across the United States are making films that rival the work of their professional counterparts. Film School Shorts showcases the best of those films on a national stage, acting as a springboard for a new generation of...

Introducing Filmmaker Cassell A. Ferere

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I started out in photography. I was motivated and inspired by learning more about how much of a collaborative effort it is for the director and the cinematographer to come up with the imagery for a film. Years later I...

Second Annual Fusion Doc Challenge announced; $20,000 in prizes & a $50 early bird entry fee

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE AND FUSION PARTNER FOR SHORT-DOC COMPETITION The FUSION Doc Challenge is  seeking filmmaking teams to create 4-7 minute documentaries in 5 days. Entries will have the chance to win part of the $20,000 in cash & prizes, the top...

Introducing the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. What role does your film...

Attention filmmakers! Seeking drone short films for Bridger Cup Event,

Bridger Cup Event announces an open call for entries for drone short films. The Audience Awards invites filmmakers to gain invaluable exposure and cash prizes. The Audience Awards, along with the Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival, is hosting a video contest where...

Congratulations to the Animation Shorts Film Competition winners!

The Animation Shorts Competition has come to a close with The Audience Awards presenting $500 to the  first, second and third place winners. There were 23 original entries that were watched over 2,000 times with the audience giving over  4,000 votes. Coming in first...

AudNews presents the Backcountry Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Backcountry Film Festival raises funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners around the country. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? All funds raised stay...

Introducing ILLUMINATE film festival

What is your film festival’s mission? ILLUMINATE’s mission is to expand consciousness through film. As the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema, ILLUMINATE showcases cinematic gems that uplift the human heart and inspire all who see them to live kinder,...

Proudly presenting Ariane Kunze, the winner of The Audience Awards “Up & Left” competition

In Up & Left, The Pride Foundation and The Audience Awards provided a platform for filmmakers to present their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer (LGBTQ) film works to the world. Out of 10 films  and over 14,500 film views, Filmmaker Ariane Kunze and her...

AudNews presents the Nashville Film Festival (naFF)

What is your film festival’s mission? The Nashville film festival or NaFF, amplifies our collective and individual awareness by bringing the world to Nashville to celebrate innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. What role...

Introducing MIA Animation Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The MIA Animation Festival’s mission is to promote students and young professionals’ work and vision, and to help them further themselves in their careers. We also promote these young professionals’ animations on our website and...

Presenting The Florida Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival exist to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film community? The Florida Film Festival brings...

Introducing Heloise Magny, Animation Shorts competing filmmaker

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Heloise Magny and I was born in Montreal, Quebec. I am a graduate from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in visual effects. At the Academy of Art, I also studied screenwriting. From there...

Presenting filmmaker and animator, Annlin Chao

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I've always loved cartoon and stop motion since I was little. My mom used to encourage me to draw, hence I started to publish my comic book with a small printer when I was 8, and then I made my first cartoon one year...

AudNews presents Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation

What is your film festival’s mission? As we have always been ahead of the curve, we are always looking to be first and premiere all the greatest talent from around the world. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? We have premiered...

Setting Your Film Up For Success

Imagine going on a road trip with a group of your closest friends, each driving their own car. You present each person with your starting point, destination, and the instruction “We are taking the scenic route, now go”. What are the chances that your caravan will...

Introducing the Oxford Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? Our mission is to bring cool films, and the cool filmmakers who make them, to Oxford. What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community? Our festival supports the community through our year-round...

AudNews presents the Arivaca Independent Filmmaker’s Exhibition

What is your film festival’s mission? The Arivaca Independent Filmmaker's Exhibition is a curated showcase for films and digital media that embody the artistic spirit of the independent filmmaker from insightful documentaries to creative short films.   The event...

Presenting the Southeast Arizona Independent Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Southeast Arizona Independent Film Festival provides a venue for aspiring filmmakers to present their work to an audience of contemporaries, professional filmmakers and the general public to receive firsthand reactions and to...

Introducing The Oneota Film Festival

What is your film festival’s mission? The Oneota Film Festival mission is “Through film, discussion, and other media to engage a large and diverse audience in the critical issues of our time.” What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community?...

Film School Face Off seeks film submissions for September competition determining America’s best emerging film school

Fusion Media and The Audience Awards join forces to present “Film School Face Off,” the first online competition that generates exposure, distribution deals and cash for student filmmakers  Fusion Media and The Audience Awards are granting fresh exposure for student...

ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival hosts first Online Competition with The Audience Awards

Feature image from ReelAbilities' 2015 opening film "It's Raining, So What" ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with...

Presenting Filmmaker Sondre Fristad, competing in Up & Left: An LGBTQ Short Film Competition

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? In my head I have been a filmmaker since I was a little kid. I used to dress up as the characters in Disney and go to kindergarten as Mickey Mouse. I was inspired by what we watched on television, movies and could not...

Meet Common Good Vermont

What is your company’s name and mission? Common Good Vermont is the only statewide organization in Vermont dedicated to uniting and strengthening all of the mission-driven organizations that serve the Green Mountain State. Common Good Vermont serves as the “go to”...

Introducing the Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival, Qfilms

What is your film festival’s mission? The QFilm Festival’s mission is to present films that embody the LGBTQ community. Along with The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, QFilms producer, we advocate for the inclusion of all individuals into a free and just community without...

Introducing filmmaker Davin Tjen, competing in Up & Left: An LGBTQ Short Film Competition

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I guess the shortest answer is that other filmmakers inspire me to become a filmmaker. I love watching movies and even though most of them are high-budget studio films, they make me go "Hey, I want to make one as...

What’s the Difference Between a Film Festival, A Film Market, A Film Generator & Film Grants?

  Tired of checking your schedule for when to apply to what? Take a look at this Calendar including four areas of film you should always keep your eye on. So, what's the difference between a Film Festival, a Film Market, a Film Generator and Film Grants?...

Up & Left: LGBTQ Short Film Showcase is open for entries awarding $1,000 for your short film!

The Pride Foundation and The Audience Awards are inviting filmmakers to submit their relevant films for the opportunity to garner support, exposure and a piece of the $1000 prize. The Pride Foundation and The Audience Awards are providing a platform for filmmakers to...

Introducing Queer Film’s very own, Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a non-profit that has been producing the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival since 1996. The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Developmental Director Ryan Hicks...

Meet filmmaker Tarryn Crossman, winner of 2014 Fusion Doc Challenge

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? Yeah it was. The pressure of the time constraints and working within a theme really made me realize that if you can just find a good idea, you can make a film in a lot less...

Lorraine Montez on the important work of Women in Film Seattle

Women in Film Seattle is a non-profit organization for professional women and anyone working in all areas of film, video and screen-based media. They work to promote respect for women on and off screen. AudNews spoke to spokeswoman Lorraine Montez to get the inside...

Introducing Tiffanie Mang, LA Shorts Fest Showcase 10:00 & Under Competing Filmmaker

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Tiffanie Mang, and I graduated from the University of Southern California last May with a major in Animation and Digital Arts. The film competing in the LA Shorts Fest Showcase is actually my thesis film...

Q&A with Kirk Nordenstrom of Seattle’s 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is so much more than your average film festival. They challenge you and your team to write, shoot, edit, and score a movie in just 48 hours. Kirk Nordenstrom is the producer of Seattle's 48 Hour Film Project and audNews has spoken with him to...

Introducing Art Montana Competitor, Kyle Weingart

 Who are you and what's your filmmaking background? My name is Kyle Weingart. I am 25 years old and I have lived in Montana since I was born. I have been making small films since I was very young and decided at 19 that I wanted to make a career out of it. I have been...

Introducing Reel Grrls Executive Director, Nancy Chang

Reel Grrls is a non-profit  year-round training program designed to help empower young women from diverse communities through media production. Executive Director Nancy Chang shares the powerful drive behind Reel Grrls. What is your film festival’s mission? Empowering...

Presenting filmmaker Tom Stagg, a Fusion Doc Challenge Competitor

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? This was my first Doc Challenge. I really enjoyed the production phase. I liked the time-based pressure to collaborate and tell a story. Everyone, from location owners, to...

Presenting Michael Price, competing in Fusion Doc Challenge

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? Yes this was my first Doc Challenge. I enjoyed the fast pace workflow of the competition and the overall excitement the team had throughout the process. We really came...

Meet Erin Babbin & Michael Sullivan of “On The Real Film,” competing in Fusion Doc Challenge

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? This was our first Doc Challenge and we have enjoyed the whole experience. Our favorite part has been meeting the other finalists in the challenge. We attended the...

Introducing Mary Horan, Fusion Doc Challenge filmmaker

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? This was my first time participating in the Doc Challenge – my favorite part of participating in this challenge was working and collaborating with my...

Presenting filmmaker Andrea Lewis, competing in the Fusion Doc Challenge

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? It wasn't my first doc challenge, but my favorite part of challenges in general is the time constraint. You start something and you have to finish it. Deadlines suck but...

Meet Fusion Doc Challenge filmmaker, Cody Martin

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? This was my first Fusion Doc Challenge, and my favorite part was networking and meeting other great filmmakers like GMOtional's Tom Stagg and Wake Up's Erin Babbin. How did...

“Real Montana” filmmakers and the Big Sky State make their Global Debut

Last month the Montana Office of Tourism sponsored its first “Real Montana” competition, a one-minute video competition showcasing the Big Sky State’s natural beauty and rich culture. The online competition hosted by The Audience Awards produced 140 video entries that...

Presenting Tucker Lucas, Fusion Doc Challenge Filmmaker

Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge? This was my second Doc Challenge. My favorite part was pairing up with the film's director and co-producer Greg Carlson. How did you take the theme for the 2014 Doc...

Meet Fusion Doc Challenge Filmmaker, Jeremy Rubier

Was this your first Doc Challenge?  What has been your favorite part(s) about Fusion Doc Challenge?   Yes, it was my first doc challenge. The best part about it was the timeline scheduled by the contest itself. We had only five days to make a documentary, and the...

Q & A with Filmmaker Aaron Roos and Writer Ron Fitzgerald about their film “Tower 49”

 "I think that filmmaker interaction is the best thing The Audience Awards offers up for filmmakers." Aaron Roos What inspired this story behind Tower 49? Was it a certain individual, or story that you heard? Aaron: I've heard these old stories from forest service...

Meet Fi Dieter, LA Shorts Showcase Competing Filmmaker

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Fi Dieter and I am an award-winning Austrian filmmaker. I am the writer, director and editor of Cinder Pumpkin (2014). I began acting in theater and commercials at an early age and then worked as an...

Introducing Jack Parker Of Black Forest Films

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I'm a 20 year old filmmaker from Seattle Washington who came to Montana for its serene landscapes and Bozeman particularly for its incredible film scene. What are you working on right now? Right now I'm starting...

Julianne Moore’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ to be released later this year

"Maps To The Stars" is "Either The Funniest Horror Movie, or The Most Horrific Comedy," reads the NPR review of Julianne Moore and John Cusack's latest film. Moore has proven her versatility as an actor, and compared to her Academy Award winning performance, she makes...

Introducing Filmmaker and Fly Fishing Enthusiast Travis Bradford

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My Name is Travis Bradford, Im from Missoula, Montana. I am currently attending the University of Montana studying Media Arts. I've been shooting films since I was 16 years old that started out with skateboarding,...

AudNews’ List of 14 Best Film Festivals for Spring

Featured image courtesy of Phoenix Film Festival. With only nine days until springtime officially begins, I am excited to roll out this list of film festivals that are screening films along the bank of the Arkansas River,  hosting parties outside in beautiful South...

Presenting filmmaker Erin Babbin, a Real Montana Finalist

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? I recently visited Missoula, Montana when my film Wake Up screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. I fell in love with the big skies, the river, the way nature and civilization live together harmoniously,...

Meet the makers of the Real Montana Finals film “Red Tractor: Farm to Pizza”

Red Tractor owner, Adam Paccione and filmmaker, Joel Martin joined The Audience Awards to unveil their story of "Red Tractor: Farm to Pizza," competing in the Real Montana finals round. What about Montana inspired you to create your short? Paccione: Same reasons I...

Presenting Real Montana Finalist, Tyler Hensleigh

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? I was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana, and when I heard of the competition I knew that the location I wanted to shoot was Glacier National Park, specifically the Going to the Sun Road. I have ridden my...

Presenting Logan Irish, a Real Montana Finalist

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? The Hobnob is one of those places that is so unique and is always packed! I wanted to do something that would showcase the unique flavors for years to come. What other videos competing in Real Montana did you enjoy...

Success: Realizing Your Vision Through Your Team’s Wellbeing

Have you ever worked for a business that undervalued you? Maybe they expected you to complete difficult tasks in an impossible time frame. Then, when you succeeded  against the odds, you went unrecognized. How did that affect your loyalty to your employer? Even if you...

Meet Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a Real Montana finalist

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? Our tour reaches 51 towns in Montana every summer. We love the people, the scenery and the spirit of the place. Even though we're theatre people and not professional filmmakers, when we heard about the contest, we...

Introducing Real Montana finalist, Hunter D’Antuono

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? Montana is an inherently inspiring place. If I were to list the ways, I'd be here all day. While the sweeping wild landscapes and the animals that inhabit them are awe-worthy, I find the people of Big Sky Country...

Introducing Real Montana Finalist, Elgin Smith

What about Montana inspired you to create your short? I grew up in Western Montana, and what I love about it is that only minutes away from your front door you can literally be out in dense forest. My thought was to showcase one slice of that experience, and the...

Introducing Colin Ruggiero, a Real Montana finalist

What about Montana inspired you to create your short, Montana? Everything about Montana inspires me, but primarily the wild country and landscapes here.  My short was a compilation of timelapses from all over the state.  I fell in love with timelapse photography...

Introducing Mike Dreesman, Real Montana competing filmmaker

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I loved going to the movies as a kid sometimes seeing the same movie over and over again. Later, my friends and I would have weekend movie marathons sneaking into, err, I mean attending, several films in one day, Around...

Introducing James Bachelor, director of “Eli Over Darkness”

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is James Bachelor and I've been making movies since I was old enough to pick up a VHS camera. In High School, I directed a film nominated for Best Short at the OC Film Festival. I went on to pursue a BFA in...

Introducing Tyler Hensleigh- competing in Real Montana

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am Tyler Hensleigh, a novice filmmaker with little to no education in filming. I'm experimenting in the realm of video editing for fun and seeing where it takes me. What are you working on right now? Currently I am...

Meet Keern Haslem, Real Montana competing filmmaker

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? The marquee on the little theater in the town where I grew up, attracted my attention every time I passed, even if I knew what was showing. I sometimes found myself thinking "I hope I never make films like that,"...

Meet Ray Porrello, competing in the Real Montana showcase

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Film is one of the strongest ways to portray a message and set yourself apart in marketing. As part of my career, I know it's important to utilize the best methods available to share the heart of what our organization is...

Check out Red Tractor Pizza’s Video in Real Montana

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? We decided to make this short film about Red Tractor Pizza to showcase the importance of eating local, organic foods, and present it in a fun and entertaining way. At Red Tractor, we are incredibly passionate about life,...

Xanterra, sponsor of Real Montana, reveals what they love about Montana

Real Montana, a short film competition featuring one-minute videos celebrating Montana, has attracted over 140 films. The team at Glacier National Park Lodges operated by Xanttera, is excited to be a part of the action and has gotten together with The Audience...

Introducing Montana’s Headframe Spirits, and why they support Real Montana

With over 140 videos, Real Montana is a grand celebration of Montana through film. Courtney McKee, CEO of Headframe Spirits, is excited to be a part of the action and has gotten together with audNews to explain why Headframe is a supporter and sponsor of Real...

Meet Becca Wood, Real Montana competing filmmaker

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? I am able to see and experience so many amazing things when I'm out doing my photography. When the DSLR camera makers started adding video capabilities to those cameras it was a natural fit. So many people don't really...

Meet Mariya & Josh Peck, competing in Real Montana Outdoor Adventures

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Our son snowboarding and our friend Chad, his coach investing in a GoPro. What is your favorite part about the short film form? Our son's fun demeanor. Who were the people that supported the making of this film? Chad...

Introducing Travis Boughton, Real Montana Filmmaker

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? Growing up in the skiing community, I always had a knack for carrying my Dad's handycam with me. I looked up to big filmmakers such as Level 1, Matchstick, and Poorboys Productions. The films they released every year got...

Introducing Filmmaker Mimi Matsuda, Competing in the Real Montana Showcase

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker? This short film competition, Real Montana, inspired us to gather our talents and express our appreciation of Montana in 60 seconds. I'm excited to share my visual art in this first film. Thank you to The Audience Awards...

Meet Robert Bojorquez, founder of Northwest Heat Music Video Festival

Founder of Northwest Heat Music Video Festival, Robert Bojorquez saw the need for an event that would bring collaborators and musicians together. So he created a festival which brought together music and the most collaborative of art forms, film. What is the your film...

Meet Daniel Hansson, Director of Come, This Is The Way

Come, This Is The Way, directed by Daniel Hansson, won The Audience Awards Indigenous Peoples Short Film Competition in November.  "As part of the Terra Religata project (terra-religata.org), this film was shot at the 2013 Tutxinmepu Powwow in Idaho; an intertribal...

Introducing Leslie-Anne Huff, LA Shorts Fest Showcase Filmmaker

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? This is my first short film as a writer/producer. Our director Bryan is an amazing photographer and has previously directed shorts and web-series. We are both actors and met on the set of a film on location in...

Introducing Stephanie Sellars, Competing in The Audience Awards’ Live Action Shorts

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am a New York-based filmmaker, writer and performer. I've written, produced, directed and acted in many short films, which have won awards and played festivals including Big Apple Film Festival, Coney Island Film...

Meet Uruguayan-Australian Filmmaker, Richard Lyford-pike

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Richard Lyford-Pike, a.k.a. Richie Valentino. I live for the world of art, film and music. I'm actually a trained drummer and have performed for over 20 years, but film and animation have forever been a...

Swag Bag: Rewarding the Audience!

Swag bags aren't just for celebrities anymore. At The Audience Awards, we celebrate our users who view and vote on films - as much as the filmmakers who create the great content. Starting Tuesday, March 31st in the Live Actions Shorts competition, anyone who votes...

Meet Live Action Shorts Competitor, Ryan Adams

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? Second Glance is my directorial debut. What are you working on right now? I'm in post production on another short The Best Bar in the World. What do you want the audience to take away from your films? I want people to...

Meet Michael Kehoe: Director of Horror Shorts Winner Hush

Michael Kehoe's suspense-filled short film Hush won the Bloody Shorts competition last month. The film is a classic babysitter hears something go bump in the night plot, but the film prevails with originality because of Kehoe's handle on the form. Much like the recent...

Meet Joey Papa, Director of: I Am Spirit

Joey Papa's short film I Am Spirit asks us to peel back the layers of our so called "identity" to reveal the heart and soul of who we really are. He challenges us to go beyond the superficial and to do away with preconceived notions and snap judgements about ourselves...

Meet Brian Byers, Competing in The Audience Awards’ Dramatic Shorts Competition

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Brian Byers and I graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1992 with a double major in Illustration and Art History. I was raised in a family that prides itself in storytelling which has...

Introducing Seattle Filmmaker, Marcy Stone-Francois

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Marcy Stone-Francois. I’m a Seattle native, and I started making films at the age of 13. I studied art and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and in 2012 I graduated...

Meet Filmmaker Java Jacobs

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Java Jacobs. I'm from Paris and I've been living in New York for the past 6 years. I studied film directing and writing at the School of Visual Arts. I absolutely loved it. I grew up in the film business....

2015 Big Sky Doc Fest Mini-Docs Showcase Opens for Voting Today

Voting began this morning for the 2015 Big Sky Doc Fest Mini-Docs Showcase. The showcase celebrates the mini-docs and shorts from the festival's biggest turn out to date. The Audience Awards and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have partnered to bring online...

Meet Kathryn Harriman, Winner of Winter Docs

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am a Canadian indie filmmaker, now living in Los Angeles. My background in film is varied. When I was a kid I did some acting but when I got older I developed a bit of stage fright so I focused on other creative...

Introducing Chase Joynt, Competing in The Audience Awards’ Level Ground Competition

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Chase Joynt, I’m an artist and scholar currently based in Toronto. I’m also an occasional vegetarian, and according to people whose opinions I generally trust, a ‘textbook Leo.’ My formal artistic training...

The Audience Awards’ 15 Favorite Music Film Festivals

In anticipation of The Audience Awards' Music on Film competition in May, we have compiled a list of our favorite music film festivals. From festivals featuring music videos to rockumentaries, these festivals are presenting the best in the collaborative film and music...

Meet Edoardo Crismani, Director of Barbara’s World

Edoardo Crismani's short film Barbara's World competed in the Indigenous Peoples Short Film Competition, which wrapped up on December 2nd. The film, a short documentary, is comprised of an interview with an Aboriginal woman as she details her history and her family's...

Live Long and Prosper Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in the hit series Star Trek, has passed away today at the age of 83, due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Though most known for his role as Spock, Mr. Nimoy was also a passionate photographer, poet and musician....

Meet Musician and Filmmaker Annie Minogue

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am primarily a musician but have recently begun producing music videos.  What are you working on right now? I just completed a video with Mystic Bowie (formerly the lead singer of the Tom Tom Club) and am working on...

Winning Filmmakers on Competing in the Art Montana Competition

Featured image from Art Montana winning film, "Breaking Point." The Audience Awards' Art Montana competition, has been the most successful competition on the site to date, reeling in over 160,000 total views and exactly 50,000 votes. What about the competition made it...

‘Birdman’ Wins Four Oscars, Including Best Picture

Featured image courtesy of LA Times. Alejandro G. Iñárritu was clad in Oscar night's oddest but most successful lucky charm. The Birdman director joked that he was wearing his star Michael Keaton's "tighty-whities" from the film, yet it was all good because his dark...

How User Generated Content Marketing Is Helping America Discover New, Creative Talent

User generated content (UGC) can be a brand's best friend. Or it can fall flat on its face. The difference lies in finding a genuine fit between content and partner that resonates with and compels the target demographic. Generating the right kind of branded UGC...

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Showcase Begins Today

This year's Edinburgh Short Film Festival is once again screening the best in contemporary international short cinema alongside Scottish & UK short films at venues across Scotland's ancient capital including The Cameo Cinema and Summerhall. Do you have a short you...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Culminates with World Premiere of ‘And We Were Young’

Feature image courtesy of Peterman Photography "The spirit that it takes to make a documentary is represented by the kind of community that is in Missoula." - Sam Carroll, director of Bedevil Missoula's most important cultural event, The Big Sky Documentary Film...

Meet Geoff Pepos, Filmmaker and Competitor in Art Montana Film Competition

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am a Montana filmmaker-- 4th generation Montanan. I had a feature film Some Body in a Sundance competition. It was the first feature film created and projected digitally in a Sundance competition. My PBS documentary...

Meet Art Montana Competitor & Owner of Montana Mafia Productions, Skye Bennett

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am a Montana native who had to live all over the country and travel around the world, to understand where I came from and how important Montana is. I have been working with independent filmmakers for the last five...

Doc Challenge at The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The International Documentary Challenge and Fusion Doc Challenge showcase their short non-fiction films in The Audience Awards' hometown of Missoula, Montana at the town's seminal event,  The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Fusion Doc Challenge films screen at The...

Meet Art Montana Competing Filmmaker Andrew Yancey

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Andrew Yancey.  I was raised in Salem, Oregon and moved out to Bozeman, Montana for the film program. In the dorms I met my roommate Connor McCann who goes by the stage name TuCash. Together we partnered...

The Creative Network : Missoula made website connects audiences and filmmakers around the Globe

Filmmakers rejoice. Former professor, CEO and founder of The Audience Awards, Paige Williams, has created an audience-powered competition site for Missoula filmmakers and beyond. The Audience Awards generate exposure, allowing filmmakers to crowdsource their work,...

Introducing Art Montana Competing Filmmaker Colin Ruggiero

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I'm an independent filmmaker and photographer living in Missoula, Montana. I have an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University. I do a lot of conservation oriented work and a lot of...

10 Things You Must Do To Make Your Short Film Oscar Worthy

You are a writer/director either about to shoot or have just finished shooting your latest short film, and you want it to get on the Oscar shortlist or into Sundance. Well first of all, to even get on the Academy Awards shortlist or in a major festival you need to...

Meet Art Montana Competing Filmmaker and Scientist Caitlin Bailey

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Caitlin Bailey and I am a scientist turned filmmaker. I am a Master's of Fine Arts candidate at Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program. I have been in the film industry...

Familiar Faces on The Audience Awards – The Famous in LA Shorts Fest Showcase

LA Shorts Fest ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. And if you haven't heard yet they have partnered with The Audience Awards to host two showcases with some of their best short films. Here is a list of eleven familiar...

And To The Point ‘Crisis Hotline,’ ‘La Parka,’ ‘Joanna’ and Other Short Oscar Nominees

At Oscar time, short films are both an afterthought and a corrective. Office-pool hustlers will hope for a lucky break or an inside line (Is there a Pixar cartoon? Something with cute kids? A Holocaust theme?), while more casual observers will brace themselves for...

Introducing LA Shorts Fest Competing Filmmaker Alana Waksman

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Alana Waksman and I graduated from USC's MFA Film & Television Production last May. I've written and directed several short films, and during my time at USC, I co-directed the feature film Don Quixote:...

Meet AJ Scaff and His Documentary “How To Carry A Tune”

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is AJ Scaff and I've worked in a variety of jobs, on film sets and in the real world. But my main focus is in film and the arts. What are you working on right now? My latest project posted here is How To...

Introducing Filmmaker Louis Russell

 Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Louis Russell and I’m from London. I studied Film and Media at University of the Arts London. After graduating, my first independent short film Ett Hopp (A Jump) won Best Foreign Language Short at the...

The Audience Awards’ Real Montana Competition featured in Inc.

Today, Inc. featured The Audience Awards and the Real Montana 1-minute video competition sponsored by The Montana Office of Tourism. Inc. notes that The Audience Awards caters to a knew type of filmmaking - one that opens the doors wide open for emerging filmmakers to...

Meet Conservationist Filmmaker, Eddie Roqueta

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? I am a documentary filmmaker and currently a graduate student in Montana State University’s MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program. I received my undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and...

Art Montana Competition Exhibits the Creativity Residing in the Big Sky State

30 filmmakers inspired by Montana and the artists who live there, created short films featuring 30 Montana artists for The Audience Awards' biggest competition to date, Art Montana. The variety of creativity spans ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, painting, screen...

Diary of a Slamdance Festival Juror

In a guest post, filmmaker and festival director Josh Leake shares his experience being a juror at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival - and tips for filmmakers who want to get noticed. Founded by a group of friends in 1995, Slamdance is one of many premiere festivals...

Introducing LA Shorts Fest 10:00 And Over Competitor: Perception Pictures

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? We're Perception Pictures, or more specifically Jade van der Lei (writer/producer) and Josh Tanner (writer/director), and we're a film-making team from Brisbane, Australia that focuses on long and short-form drama....

In ‘Still Alice,’ losing farther, losing faster

Photo courtesy of Jojo Whilden/ Sony Pictures Classics Julianne Moore is one of the most vanity-free of working actors, sometimes to a fault. Few of her peers, male or female, seem so willing to push into the discomfort zone and flesh out characters who are needy,...

2015 Big Sky DocShop Focuses on Distribution

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. For the last six years, BSDFF has hosted a pivotal event called DocShop, a five-day crash course on documentary filmmaking.   This year’s DocShop focus is...

The Audience Awards: Where We Came From and Where We’re Headed

In 2014, The Audience Awards awarded short form filmmakers a total of $14,500. Over the next six months, The Audience Awards will award over $60,000 for audience choice films. Tom Stagg, winner of the Best of 2014 Audience Awards’ Competition has reaped the benefits...

Meet Filmmaker Chris Von Hoffman Competing in The LA Shorts Fest Showcase 10 & Over

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Chris von Hoffmann and I'm a film obsessed LA filmmaker. I've made a bunch of short films including Fuel Junkie, White Trash and Vodka 7. White Trash had its World Premiere at the Chinese Theatre for the...

What Filmmakers Can Learn From The Duplass Brothers

Versatility and innovation are the keys to success. Photo courtesy of HBO. Ever since the premiere of The Puffy Chair at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Mark and Jay Duplass have been one of the most prominent filmmaking team on the independent circuit, turning out...

Meet LA Shorts Fest 10:00 and Under Competitor Nicolas Villarreal

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background? My name is Nicolas Villarreal and Nieta is my second short animated film. Pasteurized was my first one. What are you working on right now? We just started a new short film and we are in the pre-production of a feature...

Fusion Doc Challenge Winners announced at Slamdance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2015 INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE AND FUSION MEDIA ANNOUNCE FUSION DOC CHALLENGE WINNERS Top 12 films premiered at Slamdance Doc Challenge event today where the winners were announced. ​January 25, 2015: Park City, Utah - The...

AudNews List of the Best Film Festivals To Submit To Based on Your Film’s Genre

This list of film festivals is broken down by the best fit for your film's genre. Check out the best festivals to submit to for your Short Films, Documentaries, Animation Films, Women Films, Comedy Film, Experimental Films, Adventure Films, Music Films and Horror...

Come meet The Audience Awards & Fusion Doc Challenge at Slamdance!

The Audience Awards and Fusion Doc Challenge will have a large presence in Park City this year. Fusion Media, Doc Challenge (powered by The Audience Awards) and Pond 5  co-host the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival party on Sunday, January 25th at 10:00 pm at 250 Main...

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns

We decided to republish this Movie Maker Article because it features Missoula, MT, where The Audience Awards lives!   All this week, we’re releasing the 2015 edition of our annual Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker list, in three parts: the Top Five...

‘Sniper’ Rules Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is prone to superlatives, but this one is truly jaw dropping: “American Sniper,” which arrived in wide release on Friday, is expected to sell about $105.2 million in tickets in North America over the four-day holiday weekend. While America’s...

LA Shorts Fest Showcase on The Audience Awards

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and...

Study: Fewer Women Directing and Writing Movies Than 17 Years Ago

If Hollywood were graded on how well it excluded women directors from making films, it'd receive an A. The newest Celluloid Ceiling Report from Dr. Martha Lauzen at San Diego State finds that men directed 93% of the top 250 grossing films of 2014. Female filmmakers...

Just Announced: 87th Academy Awards Nominations

Best Picture American Sniper Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole Boyhood Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland The...

The Full List of Golden Globe Winners

“Boyhood” continued its award season streak by winning three awards, including best drama, at the 72nd Golden Globes on Sunday. Director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette were the widely-lauded film’s other winners. SEE MORE: Awards: The...

Fusion Doc Challenge Films Judged by Industry Experts – Ready for Slamdance Event Screening

On January 23rd, the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will begin in Park City, Utah. The festival, pushed as an event for filmmakers by filmmakers, has become a prominent part of the festival circuit and the site of discovery for the likes of Christopher Nolan, Lena...

Level Ground Film Fest Hosts New Competition at The Audience Awards

Level Ground Film Festival out of Pasadena, California, is the first faith-based LGBT film festival in the world. Co-founders Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley launched Level Ground in March of 2013 out of a Fuller Theological Seminary student group, in hopes to...

Create Your Own Essential DSLR Video Kit

This post was originally published as a 3 part series on the PBS Station Products & Innovation blog by Slavik Boyechko. The Station Products & Innovation Team collaborates with stations in the development of products and services that enable stations to better...

Making History With ‘Selma,’ Ava DuVernay Seeks a Different Equality

Featured image: Ava DuVernay directing a scene in “Selma.” CreditAtsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures. On a swampy afternoon in late June, the director Ava DuVernay stood not far from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., that haunted place where, President Lyndon...

ITVS Seeks Applicants for Open Call Funding Initiative

Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who...

World’s Best Touring Film Fests

These 15 film festivals deliver quality films to your city's doorstep. Ranging from films focusing on the great outdoors, women, human rights issues, children to homelessness, these film festivals are in the driver's seat of today's film festival touring...

A Massive List of Grants Part 4: Winter Deadlines Filmmakers Should Know About

This might just be the best time of year to apply for grants: not only will you find yourself daydreaming about your next projects over the holidays, but there are also a slew of grant opportunities opening up that can make those daydreams a reality. The following...

Top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the U.S.

Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour Nov. 13- Dec. 27 MT, WY, UT, WA, BC Ten years ago in Bozeman, Montana, Jeremy Mistretta, Brad Van Wert, Anjin Herndon and Jonas Grenz, came up with the idea to create a film platform that celebrated winter culture. Named after the cloud of...

Fusion Documentary Challenge Finalists Announced

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS Top 12 films Premiere at The Fusion Doc Challenge Screening at Slamdance and Feature Across Fusion Platforms December 3, 2014 – The International Documentary Challenge announced the...

Pitch Your Work-in-Progress to Industry Executives at BSDFF

The 2015 BIG SKY INTERNATIONAL PITCH Thursday, February 12th 2015 THE UC THEATER, UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA Apply to ‘pitch’ your work-in-progress film and sizzle reel to a panel of industry executives. Past panelists include HBO, BBC Storyville, ITVS, POV, The Fledgling...

Q & A with Christopher Rohde, Dir. of The Mirror Mountain Film Festival

Mirror Mountain is a filmmaker's film festival. Christopher Rohde, filmmaker, founder and director of Mirror Mountain discovered a need for film festivals that catered to the filmmakers needs and the festival was born. In fact, every filmmaker that applies, regardless...

Interstellar and the Unknown Frontier of Humanity

As a filmmaker, Christopher Nolan is often an explorer in his own right. He has journeyed into the complexities of memory, dreams and profound loss, and battled the psychological peril of insomnia and deception. In some form or another, these themes have been in the...

Sunday Confession: Whats The Most Uncomfortable Movie You’ve Watched With Your Parents

Confess your cinematic secrets to me, my child.   Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: Whats the most uncomfortable movie you've ever watched with your parents? Pretend you're still 15 and you just rented some...

Duvall vs. Downey in The Judge

Unscrupulous yet ingenious Chicago defense attorney, Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) whose specialty is emancipating corporate criminals, returns home to Carlinville, Indiana, an abiding small town he vowed never to return to, to attend his mother's funeral.  Hank's...

Which Southern State is Best For Filmmaking, Y’all?

[dil dil = 4089]   Looking to shoot your next film in the heated swamps, vast croplands or gulf shores of the American South? Maybe you see the foundations of a futuristic sci-fi setting in the bustling streets of New Orleans, or a Great Depression farce amongst...

Behind Phoenix Fearcon

Phoenix's horror film festival, Phoenix Fearcon to showcase local and international independent horror films the weekend of Halloween. AudNews: What is the story behind this festival and your involvement with it? Chris McLennan: Jim and Chris McLennan started the...

Sunday Confessional: What Scary Movie Still Freaks You Out?

Confess your cinematic secrets to me, my child.   Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: What scary movie still freaks you out? Aw come on, there has to be a few movies that still give you the creeps, right?  For me,...

Overcoming Pain with Laughter in My Old Lady

A viager is a unique French real-estate sale-- a life annuity contract made in exchange for one's home. For example, an old lady may sign a viager contract with an interested buyer and the buyer would pay her annuity until her death, the point at which the contract...

William Mahaffey on The Knoxville Horror Film Festival

Knoxville Horror Film Festival Director, William Mahaffey co-founded this festival out of love for horror. It provides local genre filmmakers like himself a platform to screen their films and in the last five years the festival has grown from a one night to a...

“Higher” Ski Movie Arouses Snow Enthusiasts

About two months out from ski season, and the itch for snow is setting in and ski movies are touring mountain towns and amping up communities. Attending a ski movie premiere is unlike any regular cinematic experience. There are resort representatives handing out 2 for...

Throwback Thursday: The Craft

What do you do when you kill your mother in childbirth, fail at killing yourself, then have false kiss-and-tell rumors started about you by a football player at the Catholic school you're a new student at?  You join a coven of ultra-hip witches who know your struggle....

13 Horror Film Festivals for Halloween

With Hallow's Eve around the corner, here is a look at 13 horrific film festivals to get you in the ghoulish spirit. These gory and terrifying festivals are from across the U.S., the Wales and England. 1.) Screamfest Horror Film Fest Oct. 14-23 Beverly...

Sunday Confessional: What popular film do you secretly hate?

Confess your cinematic secrets to me, my child.   Blessed are those who tell Mundee Morning your dirty little secrets. Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: What Popular Film Do You Secretly Hate? You ever find...

Throwback Thursday: The Big Lebowski

It's safe to say that this White Russian soaked crime caper from the twisted minds of the Coen Brothers, has achieved cult status around the globe.  The Big Lebowski is celebrated annually with Lebowski Fest held in major and minor cities that usually include a...

This Weekend’s Film Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts

This coming Columbus Day weekend, October 10-12, The Northampton International Film Festival (NoHoIFF) hosts it's 18th annual event. In Massachusetts’ historic college town, there will be screenings of the best independent cinema from around the globe at the Academy...

Meet the Filmmaker: John Tuccillo Jr.

The voting period for Show Us Your Funny Comedy Shorts Competition came to a close on Tuesday. Audiences spent two weeks watching and voting for the 9 competing films. The competition winner was That's Not Mine, a film by John Tuccillo Jr. about parents who sit down...

13 Actors Who Died While Filming a Movie

Some famous actors seem almost monolithic and indestructible in their fame, until they shed their mortal coil and become what we all are: human. They become real, infallible, and remind us that we are all resigned to the common fate of death.  Sometimes, actors die...

The Terrifying Yet Tedious Annabelle

Annabelle is the spinoff/prequel to last year’s The Conjuring, a throwback to the horror films of the 1970’s and 80’s. The Conjuring, by horror vet James Wan (Insidious, Saw), was a surprise smash hit last spring, and because the titular doll, Annabelle was one of the...

10 Popular Movies From 2001: When Todays 12th graders Were in Kindergarten

13 years ago, today's high school seniors were just entering kindergarten.  For those of us over the age of 30, 13 years ago was like...two seconds ago.  Ready to feel like an old geezer?  Lets take a trip down memory lane and dig up 10 movies that were popular in...

Sunday Confessional: What Film Title Describes You Best?

Confess your cinematic secrets to me, my child.     Blessed are those who tell Mundee Morning your dirty little secrets. Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: What Film Title Describes You Best? Is it Slacker? ...

The Dysfunctional Family and This is Where I Leave You

It's Judd Altman's (Jason Bateman) wife's birthday and he leaves work a little early to bring her home a stunning cake, decorated with red roses and candles. He opens the door to their modernly furnished apartment, calls out her name, walks into their bedroom and...

Best 15 Film Festivals for this Fall

Boston Film Festival September 24-28 In Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, the 30th annual Boston Film Festival hosts four world premieres and 32 films. In response to the environmental crisis, the closing day program will showcase the world premieres...

The Audience Awards is hiring city representatives to promote Fusion Doc Challenge

For Immediate Release- September 22, 2014. The Audience Awards is hiring city representatives to promote Fusion Doc Challenge The Audience Awards is a digital platform connecting filmmakers to audiences. The Audience Awards features social user profile pages, film...

Boyhood and a Journey Towards Manhood

If you haven't seen Boyhood in theaters yet, you should make an effort to. A true first of its kind, the film was shot over the course of 12 years, and should be added to the syllabi of Film History courses across America. As suggested by both the title and the poster...

Throwback Thursday: Beverly Hills Cop

Arguably, Eddie Murphy launched the genre of the "action-comedy" when he accepted his first feature film role alongside Nick Nolte in 48 Hours, directed by Walter Hill who was known, by that point, for darker action movies. The 1982 film enjoyed decent box-office...

Who is your favorite TV Mom?

[dil dil = 3174]   With the series premieres of ABC's Modern Family rolling up on September 24th and NBC's Parenthood, October 14th, The Audience Awards wants your vote for who is the better TV mom. Do you prefer Julie Bowen in her role as Clair Dunphy in Modern...

Top 10 Football Movies To Watch This Season

'Tis the season for sweaters, scarves, fall leaves, and pumpkin spice flavored everything. But most important of all, it's football season! America's pastime sucks the brain power of millions and throws this country into a hypnotic trance as we gather around the TV...

Sunday Confessional: Which Disney animated movie do you know all the words to?

Confess your cinematic sins to me, my child.   Blessed are those who tell Mundee Morning your dirty little secrets. Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: What Disney animated movie do you know all the words to? Admit...

Strangeness is, “The One I Love”

The One I Love begins with a simple premise: a young married couple is having problems. The husband (Mark Duplass) cheated on his wife (Elizabeth Moss), and they aren't communicating or having sex. So they seek the help of a marriage counselor (Ted Danson) who refers...

Thowback Thursday: The Absent-Minded Professor

Recently I was searching through a list of Robin Williams movies and stumbled upon Flubber. Feeling nostalgic and having no desire to strain my brain on something any less fluffy and cute, I fired up ye old Netflix, watched it, enjoyed it...and then started obsessing....

Which box-office drama is better? The Hundred-Foot Journey or If I Stay.

[dil dil = 3048]   Haven't seen these two films yet? Check out the trailers.  The Hundred Foot Journey   Adapted from the novel written by Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey involves the Kadam family who leave India and open a new restaurant in Paris...

‘Sons of Anarchy,’ The Final Season Premieres Tonight! Watch the Extended Trailer

Given its initial premise and appalling body count, the fact “Sons of Anarchy” has credibly reached a seventh and final season is in itself an accomplishment. Yet this fall’s driving theme — unrelenting revenge and retribution — practically ensures a series already...

Film Face-Off: Good Soil vs. Uprooted

[dil dil = 3009] Good Soil The Meier brothers of Borschemich, Germany must leave their gardening business and home due the impeding coal giant RWE. They have watched as their hometown dwindled to a ghost town of fifty occupants and now wait for the life they built...

Introducing Cinematography Short Film Competitor, Dustin Petrillo

 Dustin Petrillo's film, Reaching Summit: Long Peaks, is sitting at second place in The Audience Awards' Best Cinematography Short Film Competition. There are four days left to vote. Will Petrillo surpass Perryman's Arcadia in the final days of the competition? We'll...

Changing the World One Film at a Time

What is a catapult? “A ballistic device used to launch a projectile without the use of explosives.” Thanks to the San Francisco film producer and philanthropist Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, it’s also a way to launch great film projects. Since forming the Catapult Film...

Joan Rivers Best Pics & Laugh Out Loud Quotes: A Life Remembered

"I now consider it a good day when I don't step on my boobs." "Someone needs to sit him down and say, 'You are not a big black thug. You are just like your shoes: ordinary and completely white." On Justin Bieber "I don't exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he...

Throwback Thursday: Risky Business

I am chipping away at a list of classic films that I have dubbed important for me to see. Many of the films on the list are there because I am embarrassed to say that I have not seen them. Most recently I checked off Risky Business. I will confess that Top Gun is...

Which series premiere are you most excited for?

Season 4 of Homeland premieres October 2. The 7th and final installment of Sons of Anarchy premieres Tuesday, September 9. Which premiere are you most excited about? [dil dil = 2866] Last week's Audience Award for Best Dramatic Series goes...

Get to Know Arcadia Filmmaker, Stewart Perryman

The Best Cinematography Short Film Competition has only six days of voting left. Stewart Perry and his film Arcadia are currently sitting firm in first place. Will Arcadia continue to be on top next week? We can not yet say. Find out more about Perry and his...

Most Renowned Film Festivals around the Globe

AudNews has compiled a list of the 15 most prestigious and  influential international film festivals in the world. Venice, King Cannes and 13 more make the list. Check them out. Venice Film Festival: Venice, Italy This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Venice...

Film Face-Off: Mr. Scandinavia vs. A Roller Coaster Ride of Shadows and Sunshine

[dil dil = 2819] Mr. Scandinavia Ross Fogelquist, became openly gay in his senior years. He didn’t dare come out in more conservative, unaccepting times so he gave up on the dream of having a loving partner in his life by immersing himself in his Swedish heritage. ...

Sunday Confessional- What movie made you cry?

Confess your cinematic sins to me, my child.   Blessed are those who tell Mundee Morning your dirty little secrets. Your secret is safe with me ... and the Internet.  This week's Sunday confessional topic: What movie made you cry? We all boo hoo from time to time, and...

Today in Film History: An Angel is Born & A Tough Guy Dies

August 30, 2003 Cinema's tough guy of the 1960's, Charles Bronson, died of pneumonia on this day 11 years ago at the age of 81. Bronson is most known for his role in Once Upon a Time in the American West (1968) and The Great Escape (1963). August 30, 1972 She was one...

The Hundred-Foot Journey

We’ve been moving.  I’ve spent the past two weeks slogging boxes and wrapping glasses in newspaper.  Much too much time bending in half and lifting things with my back instead of my legs.  There are two kids and a dog and a husband to acclimate.  There are pictures to...

10 Sexist Questions Asked to Female Stars On the Red Carpet.

Even at the Emmys, where we celebrate the highest artistic achievements in television, reporters often focus more on a woman’s dress, jewelry and her love life rather than what she has accomplished. Furthermore, the medias obsession with turning female actors into...

Film Face-Off: Bruise Ballet vs. 1000 Times

[dil dil = 2743] Bruise Ballet This documentary follows female Polish wrestling coach, Renata and her protege, Ola. Renata trained for 30 years as a wrestler and coached for 20. Her enthusiasm for the sport provides a unique perspective of one coach and her star...

Children’s Film Festival Seattle Motivates Kids to Love Film

Elizabeth Shepherd, festival director says: "We really enjoy being able to nurture and inspire young filmmakers." Q: How did the festival begin? A:This is our 10th anniversary. The Northwest Film Forum is almost 20 years old, and from the beginning the Forum thought...

Richard Attenborough, British Actor and Director, Dies at 90

Richard Attenborough, director and producer of Ghandi, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90. Attenborough is also known for his role in Jurassic Park, starring as John Hammond the owner and founder of Jurassic Park and InGen. Originating from Cambridge, Lord...

International Documentary Challenge Partners With Fusion To Launch New Doc Challenge

Top 12 films Premiere at our event with Slamdance and Feature Across Fusion Platforms ​August 25, 2014 – The International Documentary Challenge announced today that it is partnering with Fusion to launch a short documentary challenge that will focus on creating...

Casting Developments in HBO series ‘True Detective’

The critically acclaimed HBO drama, True Detective should begin filming the second season this September in California. The first season was directed by Cary Fukunaga, who was nominated for a directing Emmy this year for True Detective. However HBO programming...

A Book Lover’s Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

To Watch or Not to Watch Is No Longer the Question If you are a book lover like me, you’ve probably found yourself disappointed a time or two (likely more) at movie adaptations. An inevitability in a day and age where new ideas are fewer and far between, and some...

Top 12 Movie References in The Simpsons

This week FXX is hosting a marathon of every single episode of the Simpsons that has aired on America's longest running sitcom. "The marathon continues through all 552 episodes, going all the way up to the 25th season finale that aired this past spring, and ends Sept....

Throwback Thursday: Dumb and Dumber

We got no food, we got no jobs… our pet’s heads are falling off! In anticipation of Dumb and Dumber To, coming out this November, I'm taking a look back at favorite moments from the original Dumb and Dumber. Even though this dumb-humored comedy receives a 64% on...

Your Fav Summer Guilty Pleasure: TMNT or Guardians of the Galaxy?

[dil dil = 2157] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For Generation Y babies, this familiar re-make may look like a flop, but may entice you out of childhood love for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Box Office sure casts this as a hit. What do you think? Guardians of...

Director Julian Grant on Indie Filmmaking

Julian Grant is a director, producer and artist, born in London and currently working in Chicago. He completed his first feature, Bust a Move, before the age of 30, dedicated his early years to independent filmmaking and in the early 2000's was the Producer/Director...

Development Director of the Oxford Film Festival: Melanie Addington

The Oxford Film Festival is a lively time, says Addington, from "non-stop free beer to wild adventures in the middle of the night." The Oxford Film Festival, an exciting event in North Mississippi, is known for its hospitality and good times. Since 2003, the festival...

Film Face-Off: Everybody Loves Bacon vs. Wheelin’

[dil dil = 2369] The Audience Awards Monday Film Face Off Did you know we have a library of over 900 short films? Every Monday, we are curating two of the best for you to watch and quickly choose your favorite. Congratulations to last week's winner, The Tower!  The...

Why We Love to Hate TV Bad Boys

From Game of Thrones to Mad Men, it's a love-hate relationship with these "best worst" male characters. It’s becoming more obvious with every show I watch that the most interesting men on television are also some of the worst behaved. Don’t get me wrong: I adore Cam,...

Lil Miss Hot Mess Creators: Marissa Kitazawa & Jana Bolotin

"It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of this competition and community of talented storytellers. This competition is also important because it creates a space to explore the complexities within LGBTQ communities," says director of Lil Miss Hot Mess, a...

A Look Back at Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, an actress and model who made her cinematic début next to Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, has passed away, on August 12, due to a stroke. She was 89. Bacall was a classic beauty, known for her voice which came at you “low and flat, wildly...

In Memory of Robin Williams: 12 of Our Audience’s Favorites

Last night after the death of Robin Williams, we polled which of his films were our audience’s favorites. Here is what we heard. Throughout his prolific career, Robin Williams won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Good Will Hunting....

Film Face-Off: The Tower vs. Judy’s Rock

[dil dil = 2101] The Audience Awards Monday Film Face Off Did you know we have a library of over 900 short films? Every Monday, we are curating two of the best for you to watch and quickly choose your favorite. This week's contenders are The Tower vs. Judy's Rock....

LGBTQ Competing Filmmaker Ethan Rocke on the Power of Storytelling

"When I can tell people’s stories in a way that resonates, that’s one of the greatest feelings in the world." Ethan Rocke is the director of the film Four Letters, which is competing in the Audience Awards'  LGBTQ short film competition. Along with being a documentary...

Film History Trivia: Sex Symbols and Cult Murders

Your Saturday trivia includes flappers and Charles Manson. August 9, 1930: Betty Boop debuted in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes by Max Fleischer.  This flapper caricature was the first animated sex symbol and is based off of the singer Helen Kane. August 9, 1969: Actress...

“Snowpiercer” Is One Wild Train Ride

Snowpiercer is more thought-provoking than your average sci-fi action flick. When I first saw the trailer for Snowpiercer, I expected a loose plot and a grungy, gory action thriller, but I was wrong.  The film is engaging in how it addresses issues of social class,...

Q& A: International Wildlife Film Festival Director Mike Steinberg

Montana wildlife film festival "keeps the dialogue going." Q: What is the story behind the IWFF? How did it get its start? A: It started with University of Montana scientist Chuck Jonkel in 1977. He thought there was a missing ingredient between filmmakers and...

AudNews’ List of the Best Children’s Film Festivals in the U.S.

The best fests for kiddos from east to west. New York International Children’s Film Festival The upcoming New York Children’s Film Festival runs from February 27 to March 22.  The festival hosts filmmaking camps for children ages 6 to 16, where the students learn to...

“Obvious Child” – A Heartfelt and Hilarious Class Act

Unlike any other indie rom-com you have ever seen. Obvious Child is the must see independent comedy of the summer. Gillian Robespierre’s debut feature had its world premier at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it has now made its way onto the silver screen this...

Introducing Jim Farmer: Executive Director of Atlanta’s Out on Film

"We are about making our festival an experience. I love it when we make an impact on people." Since 1987, Atlanta has been celebrating LGBTQ Pride with Atlanta’s Out On Film festival. The festival shares stories of life, love, laughter and grievance within the LGBTQ...

North America’s Best Short Film Festivals

From California to Quebec, these short film festivals are the best. During the first decade of the 1900s, also the first decade of cinema, all films were shorts.  As the medium grew and audiences became more accustomed to projected moving images, the demand increased...

Meet Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Director- Kathleen Mullen

"I am happy when I see a crowd of people watch a film, love it and walk out feeling like they are not alone." What is the story behind The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and what is its association with Three Dollar Bill Cinema? The Seattle Lesbian & Gay...

Claiming Your Million in “Nebraska”

Brilliant on all fronts I blame Saturday Night Live. It’s their fault that I avoided Nebraska (2013) for as long as I did. Past experience says that, with rare exceptions, films featuring SNL alums will only make me mad—my life robbed of ninety-plus precious minutes....

“54 Film Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” from Film Critic Kenneth Turan

"Film criticism is not only a guide of how to perceive film, but it’s a way of getting to know yourself." - Kenneth Turan I recently attended a Q & A discussion featuring Kenneth Turan and his new book Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of...

Memory’s Elusive Power is Clear in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

With its thoughtful and quirky exploration of memory, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has the power to inspire and alter perceptions. Over breakfast the other morning, my husband mentioned wanting to see Edge of Tomorrow. I told him, “Nope, not me.”  Five or so...

Sam Berliner is Making a Difference as Director of Seattle Transgender Film Festival “Translations”

“When you strip it all down, we are all simply people who want to love and be loved. I really believe that film helps audiences remember that.” Transgender filmmaker and Translations festival director, Sam Berliner, is an inspiring leader in the LGBTQ community.  His...

Get to Know Sara McCaslin and “The Cost of Gender”

McCaslin's The Cost of Gender is entered into the LGBTQ "Up and Left" film competition this summer. Who are you and what's your filmmaking background? I co-directed the short doc The Cost of Gender, a project of The Seattle Globalist, along with various short...

Meet Olympia Pride Film Festival Programmer, Sara Jade Webb

"The best part for us is how the festival has helped to create community among queer folks across the city." Washington state’s capital hosted The Olympia Film Society Pride Film Fest for three days this summer. According to festival programmer Sara Jade Webb, the...

Hilarious Abortion Comedies Are Totally My Bag

You should know right away that I’m in love with this movie.  As soon as I saw the trailer, I was in love with this movie.  I wish I was watching this movie right now instead of blogging about it.  86 minutes was not long enough.  Hilarious abortion comedies are...

No Sense in Taking “Thor” Personally

Blow-your-hair-back-effects have their place in action-packed blockbuster. We’re behind the times at our house: my husband and I are well aware of that. I can’t remember the last film I saw in a real, live, dangerous movie theater—I’m sure there was still snow on the...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Welcomes New Director Gita Saedi Kiely

"BSDFF is a lot about entertainment, but is also about educating ourselves on ideas that matter." - Saedi Kiely Gita Saedi Kiely recently took over as the director of an 11 year running legacy and the biggest film event in Montana: the Big Sky Documentary Film...

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Has Important Lessons For Children Of All Ages

Family and life lessons in animated film How To Train Your Dragon 2. It’s summer, and this year it’s a hot one. If you are a parent and are unwilling to take the heat another day at the pool with your kids, why don’t you take them to see How to Train Your Dragon 2?...

“The thing is I am not used to winning at all”

What if Maikaru ended up on top? by director Amanda Harryman What would it mean to win the Audience Award for the 2014 Doc Challenge? Let’s start this by unpacking this statement made by Rachel Stevens, director of the POV award winning film 20/Nothing about my...

New competition offers Pacific Northwest filmmakers the chance to win $1000 for LGBTQ short films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2014 The Audience Awards announces a call for submissions for an online film competition that gives short films exposure and awards. (Missoula, Mont.) – The Audience Awards announces an exciting new online film competition called Up and...

The Consummate Movie Crier

Predictable and sappy, The Fault in Our Stars still made me sob I don’t remember much about my early childhood, but I do remember the first time I cried at a movie.  It was 1982.  I was seven.  My mother and I were living in Laurel, Montana, in a two-bedroom trailer...

10 Video Marketing KPIs to Track

In today’s world, where