Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction Winners and Next Season’s $10K Grant

VideoFest calls itself the oldest and largest video festival in the U.S. Its AltFiction Fest celebrates filmmakers who create movies, television shows, and web content.

Dallas VideoFest wrapped up its 31st season last month with the Alternative Fiction Fest—nicknamed AltFiction—and a major grant for the upcoming season.

“Who can even define what the idea of television is anymore with networks along with the gamut of streaming services and those streaming services’ content being nominated for Oscars?”
Bart Weiss

AltFiction Fest doesn’t discriminate when it comes to storytelling. Whether the entries are made for large screens or small, all is welcome at this annual event. 

“Filmmakers are making TV; TV shows become feature films. Who can even define what the idea of television is anymore with networks along with the gamut of streaming services and those streaming services’ content being nominated for Oscars?,” Bart Weiss, Dallas Videofest’s founder and artistic director, said in a statement.

Among this year’s AltFiction themes were North Texas filmmakers, films created locally, female filmmakers from the earliest days of cinema, and Black History Month.

This year’s winners included:

  • “Tucked” directed by Jamie Patterson for the Audience Award
  • “Space Flower” directed by Pam Covington for the Short Narrative Film Award
  • “Tempestad” directed by Daniel Garcia for the Best Texas Short Film Award

 

The Big D Mobile Phone Film Fest also concluded with its festival of short films shot with mobile devices. The “Fest inside of VideoFest” gave its Best in Show Award to “Promise” directed by Ivan Sosnin.

Although VideoFest is just wrapping up this season’s final series of films, the following season is already off to an exciting start with a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The grant comes from the NEA’s principal grant-making program, “Art Works.” Dallas VideoFest was selected as one of the 972 grants out of 1,605 total applications.

“The opportunities, which the receipt of the NEA grant will provide in expanding the outreach of VideoFest 32 to the community and serve our mission, are much valued and appreciated,” Jeff Leuschel, board president of the Video Association of Dallas and the Dallas VideoFest, said in a statement.

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