With the first month of the year half over, we’ve been adding several exciting Austin-based events and announcements to our calendars!
Looking ahead to March, South by Southwest has added even more speakers to its ever-growing roster, which will now include Melinda Gates, “Westworld” showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as such names as Olivier Assavas, Priscilla Presley, and Richard Linklater. Melinda Gates will be a keynote speaker with a focus on inspiring the next generation of women professionals. “As one of the world’s most successful philanthropists, Melinda Gates brings a focus on empowering women and girls to realize their full potential – which is particularly relevant in the current climate. Her participation in SXSW highlights the message that creative industry professionals have a duty to give back to the global community,” said SXSW chief programming officer, Hugh Forrest. Priscilla Presley will appear in connection to the documentary, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”, where she served as executive producer. Assayas was director of “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Personal Shopper”. Linklater is no stranger to the Texas filmmaking community as director of “Boyhood” and “Last Flag Flying”, but also as founder of the Austin Film Society. SXSW is set to take place March 9-18 in Austin, TX.
StreamSpace LLC and Austin Film Society have recently announced a partnership with an aim to support the work of independent filmmakers. StreamSpace is an Austin-based company that utilizes blockchain technology to distribute and monetize video content from these independent filmmakers, also allowing them to have a space to engage with fans and promote their work through a network of social media channels. “The Austin Film Society nurtures and supports filmmakers toward career leaps, and we are grateful to StreamSpace’s generous support of this important work,” said Rebecca Campbell, Austin Film Society CEO. Through their partnership with Austin Film Society’s programs for up-and-coming Austin filmmakers, including grants and production resources. StreamSpace is confident that their platform can benefit the independent filmmaker of today.
Of course, though we’re jumping headfirst into 2018, it’s always important to look back on 2017. The Austin Film Critics Association recently announced their 2017 awards, with Get Out walking away as the big winner, taking Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best First Film. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water split the vote a bit by topping the Top Ten list, with del Toro also taking the Best Director distinction. 2017 wunderkind Timothée Chalamet won Best Actor for his role in Call Me By Your Name, while also being awarded the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award for his work in that film, as well as Lady Bird and Hostiles. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Best Supporting Actor went to Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project; Allison Janney took Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya. Austin Film Critics Association also awarded special recognition to the late Harry Dean Stanton for his body of work and to Doug Jones and Andy Serkis for their motion capture work in The Shape of Water and War for the Planet of the Apes, respectively. A full list of the winners, along with the AFCA’s list of the top ten films of 2017, has been included.
Best Film: Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name)
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Best Foreign-Language Film: Okja (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Best Documentary: Faces Places (dirs.: Agnès Varda and JR)
Best Animated Film: Coco (dir: Lee Unkrich)
Best First Film: Get Out (dir: Jordan Peele)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles
Austin Film Award: I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (dir: Macon Blair)
Special Honorary Award: To The Shape of Water’s Doug Jones and War for the Planet of the Apes’ Andy Serkis for their exemplary body and motion-capture performances, respectively
Special Honorary Award: To honor Harry Dean Stanton, for his body of work
AFCA’s Top 10
- The Shape of Water
- Call Me By Your Name
- Lady Bird
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- The Florida Project
- Get Out
- I, Tonya
- The Big Sick