The Sandpit was recently honored in Austria with the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction. This is a prestigious award that took us all by surprise. And now The Sandpit has been selected as one of 31 entrees (out of over 3,000!) in the AFI Fest 2010 Presented by Audi being held in Los Angeles, California November 4th-11th. Not too shabby!
AFI's history is pretty impressive. It was founded in 1967 through the National Endowment for the Arts as a nonprofit aimed to “enrich and nurture the art of Film in America.” Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that created AFI siting that it was a major step in recognizing film making as a legitimate business and career path. Basically, he tried to calm the fears of all the parents who heard their children say, “I want to be a film director when I grow up!”
But most exciting is that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences recognizes short film winners from AFI as qualifiers for an Academy Award! But let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's an honor just to be selected. (But getting another Oscar winner/nominee at Aero would be cool... Gary McKendry and James Mangold can’t have all the fun.)
But if all this wasn’t good enough, all tickets to the AFI Festival are FREE! Free movies?! I think popcorn may cost $47, but alas, the TICKET is free! So if you're in LA, get your tickets here. The Sandpit, is part of the Shorts Program 3 on Sunday, November 7th at 3:30 in Mann Chinese Theatre 3 (click here for entire festival schedule).
Again, thanks for all the support!