The Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS) has announced the decision to recognize the Best Texas Independent Film from the state of Texas at its yearly awards program, Nick Nicholson, HFCS president, announced.
“We are happy to honor the hard work of the Texas independent film industry and feel there are tremendous projects being done and we want to do our part in recognizing them,” Nicholson said.
There are a number of rules and regulations that must be followed in order to be considered for the HFCS Texas independent Film Best Picture Award.
Here are some of the restrictions:
1. Only independently financed feature length films which were completed by Novmber 1, 2011 are eligible.
2. Independently financed feature films which have secured studio distribution are eligible.
3. Once a film is submitted, no further changes or enhancements can be made.
4. Films submitted must have been shot primarily in Texas.
5. Films submitted must use primarily Texas based actors and crew members.
6. Films must be in our hands no later than November 1st for consideration.
7. Late entries will not be accepted.
8. Producers/Directors submitting their films must provide five copies on either DVD or Blu-ray for the judging panel. (These screeners will not be returned to you.)
9. All entries should be sent to:
Texas Independent Film Awards
c/o The Houston Film Critics Society
11569 Highway 6 South, Ste. #170
Sugar Land, TX 77498
10. All entries should include a cover letter outlining the production dates, shooting locations, all cast and crew members, a synopsis of the film and any other pertinent information you feel would be relevant.
The Houston Film Critics Society will present the Texas Independent Film Best Picture Award at its annual awards gala, which will be held Saturday Jan. 7, 2012 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium. The HFCS will honor top achievements in film during 2011 at the event and also present two other special awards – Jeff Bridges’ award for lifetime achievement and another special humanitarian award that will be given to Joanne King Herring.
Previous winners of the HFCS’s Lifetime Achievement Award were Sissy Spacek in 2010 and the late Patrick Swayze in 2009.
Founded in 2007, the Houston Film Critics Society is a not-for-profit organization of 26 print, broadcast and Internet film critics based in the Greater Metropolitan Houston area. Its membership includes critics not only from all of the major Houston-area outlets but also from national publications and websites and respected Hollywood trade publications.