FORD PRODUCERS GRANT
In partnership with Ford Motor Company, four finalists have been selected to participate in Ford Pitch Fest for the opportunity to receive a $25,000 grant to take their in-development film one big step closer to reality. Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects online to a panel of judges. The launch of this grant continues to showcase Ford’s long-standing commitment to the entertainment industry and its rising filmmakers.
WINNER: Picking Cotton – Jessica Sanders
Rocket Night – Scott Taylor
Foreign – Mariyam Mahbub
Memphis – Ben Edelman
The competition gives finalists an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work; the winner receives mentoring from an experienced professional.
WINNER: Minor Modifications, written by Shia LaBeouf
Producer’s Vision Award
This award recognizes a producer’s ability to keep a dramatic, feature length film in focus during the journey of the project.
WINNER: Nine Days, producer Jason Michael Berman
One in a Million Awards
The One in a Million Awards honor feature length stories made for under one million dollars. One narrative and one documentary film are each awarded.
NARRATIVE WINNER: Once Upon A River, directed by Haroula Rose
DOCUMENTARY WINNER: The Donut King, directed by Alice Gu
The Shorty Award
The best short film across all categories.
WINNER: Titanyum, directed by Gökçe Erdem
Gem State Award
This award recognizes the Idaho made film that best reflects the beauty and diversity of the Gem state.
WINNER:Whitetail Bucks, directed by Derek Tonks
The Film Lab
Tito’s Handmade Vodka presents The Film Lab, judged by Academy Award winner Peter Farrelly. Winners of the competition receive the chance to screen their work-in-progress film with the Austin Film Society, receive personalized feedback from Mr. Farrelly, and ultimately get the chance to make use of over $185,000 worth of post production services from Picture Shop and The Formosa Group in Los Angeles. Variety is a partner of the program.
2020 Winner: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, written/directed by Jonathan Cuartas, produced by Kenny Riches, Anthony Pedone and Patrick Fugit.