PRESS RELEASE: Online competition launches for Montana “Griz vs Cat” Student Filmmaker Competition

June 16, 2014


June 16, 2014

The Audience Awards hosts an online voting contest for viewers to pick their favorite short film, giving students the chance to win $1,250.

(Missoula, Mont.) – Today, the Missoula-based Audience Awards released 29 short films online that are part of the Griz vs Cats Audience Awards Filmmaker Competition.  Students from Montana State University and the University of Montana now have two weeks to vie for the most online votes for their film.

The competition is run by The Audience Awards, a social platform connecting filmmakers to audiences through regularly occurring online film competitions.  The current Griz vs Cats competition launches today at and runs through June 30th.  The film with the most votes wins $1,250.  The runner-up from the opposing school wins $250.

Audiences worldwide can sign up for free to watch and vote for their favorite student-made film.  Sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad and Montana Film Office, The Audience Awards gives college students the needed exposure to get a jump-start on their filmmaking career.  Students are featured as a filmmaker, and get to create their own profile, which can be leveraged to raise money for current and future film projects.

“Competing in The Audience Awards gives filmmakers newfound exposure,” says CEO Paige Williams.  “This opportunity gives students the chance to give life to a short film, and to get some love for their work through online crowd-sourcing.”

The cost of entry for the competition was $5.00 for films of any genre under fifteen minutes in length.  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


June Noel

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