Matt Aselton’s Gigantic won the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature as the AFI Dallas International Film Festival came to a close, while Paul Saltzman’s Prom Night In Mississippi won the corresponding documentary prize and the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize from Target.
Joe Berlinger’s Crude won the $10,000 cash prize for the Current Energy Filmmaker Award, and the MPS Studios’ Texas Filmmaker Award along with $20,000 in cash, goods and services went to David Lowery for St Nick.
Kazik Radwanski’s Princess Margaret Blvd won the award for best short, Khary Jones’s Hug was named best student short, and Stephen Neary’s Chicken Cowboy took the animated short prize.
In the audience awards Anthony Fabian’s Skin took the narrative prize while John Chester’s Rock Prophecies was named best documentary. Julie Sagalowsky’s Lucy: A Period Piece won best short.
The festival ran from March 26-April 2 and screened 81 features and 96 shorts from 22 countries.