The Austin Film Festival announced their winners for the 2016 Screenplay Competition as well as the winners for the Film Competition Jury Award. One of the big screenplay winners of the festival was Henry Jones’ Static. Described as a grounded, visionary sci-fi thriller, the script was acquired by Inkubate, the new banner for Godzilla’s Max Borenstein focused on character-driven genre material in film and television. Inkubate plans to package the script and then pursue setting it up at a studio or with independent financing.
9,100 scripts were submitted for this year’s screenplay competition and the finalists were reviewed by an industry panel of judges including Kim Bass (writer In Living Color; Sister, Sister, Kenan & Kel), Stephen Falk (creator/executive producer/showrunner You’re The Worst, Michael McCullers (writer Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, writer/director Baby Mama), Ashley Miller (writer Thor, X-Men: First Class, Power Rangers) Nicole Perlman (writer Guardians of the Galaxy), Oren Uziel (writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street), among others.
This year’s film competition jury including Tim Herlihy (Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live), Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), and representatives from Dreamworks Animation, Gravitas Ventures, The Hollywood Reporter, and New Form Digital.