PRESS RELEASE: Cat vs Griz Student Filmmaker Competition Enters the Final Stretch of Online Voting

June 25, 2014

Only four days left in a competition that gives students the chance to win $1,250 for their short film.


(Missoula, Mont.) – Students from Montana State University and University of Montana only have four days left to find enough votes for their film to win the Cat vs Griz Student Filmmaker Competition, hosted by The Audience Awards.  The short film with the most online votes wins $1,250.  The runner-up from the opposing school wins $250.

This online competition is run by The Audience Awards, a new social platform connecting filmmakers to audiences through short film competitions.  The current Montana-based competition launched June 16th, and closes this Sunday at midnight.  Tom Stagg, Missoula-based producer of I N T E R V A L S, says,  “I’m so grateful to have this platform!  People are watching my film, and giving me feedback, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Over 2,230 votes have been cast so far.  The two current front-runners are neck-and-neck for votes: Mischief by MSU Bobcat producer Hans Glasmann and Transformation by UM Grizzly Bobby Jahrig.

Audiences worldwide can sign up for free to watch and vote for their favorite student-made film.  Viewers are allowed to vote once every day for a film.  The competition is sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad and Montana Film Office.

Paige Williams, CEO of The Audience Awards, says that the Cat vs Griz challenge “gives college students a huge boost in exposure, and gives them the opportunity to jump-start their filmmaking career.”  Students create an online profile to raise money for film projects and to introduce their film to new audiences around the world.

The cost of entry for the competition was $5.00 for films under fifteen minutes in any genre.  Only currently enrolled students of Montana State University, University of Montana or affiliated campuses were eligible to enroll.

For more information on participating student filmmakers or to vote on films, visit


Paige Williams, CEO, FilmSpur: or 406/532.5398

Tom Stagg, Filmmaker, Competitor: or 406/552-5721

Dan Molloy, Filmmaker, Competitor: or 406/396-3795




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