The Film Lab, presented by the Sun Valley Film Festival & Tito's Handmade Vodka

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In October 2019, the Sun Valley Film Festival, Presenting Sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Farm, Variety, and the Austin Film Society are teaming up to award one lucky filmmaking team with up to $185,000* in post-production services from The Farm in Los Angeles, CA to complete their film and make a big splash in the 2020 film festival circuit. The winning filmmakers will also receive personalized feedback from Film Lab judge and Academy Award winner PETER FARRELLY (Green Book). The selected film will screen as a work-in-progress in Austin, TX and the filmmakers will receive feedback from a discerning audience that includes Industry members, filmmakers, and film lovers, during a moderated discussion hosted by the Austin Film Society. Armed with curated feedback, the winning filmmakers will take their film through the final steps with The Farm, who will provide post-production services which may include color, sound mixing and deliverables. The Film Lab provides vitalizing encouragement and practical support to emerging and established filmmakers as they ready their film for audiences. Through access to rare opportunities, industry expert guidance, financial support and unique platforms for showcasing their work, The Film Lab and its presenting Sponsors, help filmmakers cross the finish line. * The prize amount is determined on a project by project basis taking into consideration the winning project’s needs as determined by SVFF and The Farm in their discretion; $185,000 is the maximum total for awarded services rendered by The Farm. ABOUT FILM LAB JUDGE PETER FARRELLY Peter Farrelly is a director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. Along with his brother Bobby, the Farrelly brothers have famously directed and produced hit comedies including There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber. Peter directed, produced and co-wrote the comedy-drama Green Book, which won the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, and earned Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. ABOUT THE SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL The ninth annual Festival, presented by Ford, will take place March 18-22nd, 2020. Every year we bring audiences and artists together in an intimate, sophisticated in nature, community and culture. It’s a place where you can “come as you are” and immerse yourself in the world of award-winning storytelling. Since 2012. our 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit has created opportunities for storytellers and propelled emerging voices with grants, education and professional guidance. ABOUT THE FARM The Farm, who is partnering to provide up to $185,000.00 of post-production services to the winning project, was founded in the UK and established itself is a premiere post production house, prior to moving to LA. The Farm is unique in that it is one of the only post production houses in LA that offers picture and sound finishing under one roof. ABOUT TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s distills its corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L,750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit ABOUT VARIETY Variety has been the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 113 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded content, events and summits. ABOUT AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film. AFS supports filmmakers’ career leaps through grants, support services, and professional development programs. The AFS Cinema is an ambitiously programmed, non-profit arthouse cinema with broad community engagement. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Film Lab submissions are exclusively through FilmFreeway.


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