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Austin Film Festival Honors Shorts ‘Asad’ and ‘Head Over Heels’

Seven films were honored by the Austin Film Festival, which announced its winners Sunday

Writer-director Bryan Buckley's "Asad" was named best narrative short and Timothy Reckart's "Head Over Heels" was chosen top animated short by the Austin Film Festival, which announced its winners Sunday.

Winners were selected from a record number of entries this year by a panel of industry jurors.

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The following winners were selected by category:

Narrative Feature: "Sparrows Dance," writer/director Noah Buschel;
Documentary Feature: “Informant,” director Jamie Meltzer;
Narrative Short: “Asad,” writer/director Bryan Buckley (pictured above);
Narrative Student Short: “Hatch,” writer/director Christoph Kuschnig, writer Karl Goldblat;
Animated Short: “Head Over Heels,” writer/director Timothy Reckart;
Documentary Short: “See the Dirt,” directors Chelsea Hernandez and Erik Mauck;
Young Filmmakers Competition: “Crumbs,” director Nicco Vasquez, writer Keith Limon.

Winners received cash prizes up to $1,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the festival and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry.

The festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the winning film in the Animated Short and Narrative Short categories are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award.