There are standard awards bestowed at every film festival: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, etc. Then, specific fests offer niche awards for things like Best Ensemble and Most Inspirational. And then there are fest that go off the rails with awards that are as creative as the films the honor. Perfect example: Manchester-based genre film festival Gimmfest will offer an award for Best Work-In-Progress for the first time in 2019.
Here’s the scoop from today’s press release.:
Grimmfest and film producer and financier Michael Laundon have teamed up with London-based international film sales agency Film Seekers to launch the Work-In-Progress Award which is open to genre feature films in production or post-production but not yet completed. The winning title will be awarded £20,000s worth of post-production services to support completion of the film and will receive an offer for international sales representation by Film Seekers. The award is also supported by Screen International, who will provide a year’s subscription to Screen International magazine to the winning filmmaker. The winning title will be screened at a future edition of Grimmfest upon completion.
Laundon commented, “After the success of last year’s Grimmfest where there were so many fantastic films on display, I’m delighted to increase my support for 2019 and I am especially delighted to be working with the Grimmfest team to develop this new Work-in-Progress Award.”
Submissions for the Work-In-Progress Award will be accepted via the festival’s FilmFreeway platform. Filmmakers will need to submit a 10 to 15-minute proof of concept teaser from the project in order to be considered.
And speaking of new, creative awards, Dread Central is thrilled to be sponsoring the Best Kill Award! Of course, we’ll feature the winner once announced. Grimmfest takes place from October 3rd through October 6th. Check out the festival’s official website, HERE.