2017 "Best of" Winners
ongratulations to the winners at the 2017 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival!
Feature Screenplay – “The Good Book”
Short Screenplay – “Customer Service”
Youth Filmmaker – “Journey”
Vanguard – “Hugo”
Student Documentary – “Gardeners of the Forest”
Student Narrative Feature – “An Evening of Eternity”
Student Narrative Short – “Icarus”
Professional Narrative Short – “A Matter of Prejudice”
Professional Narrative Feature – “The Things We’ve Seen”
Professional Documentary – “The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle”
Clyde “Sappo” Black Sweet Home Alabama Award – “Service to Man
Best of Show – “Icarus”
2017 Festival parties free and open to the public
In honor of the festival's 20th Anniversary, the annual Awards Show and Party will be free! The show is Saturday, March 4, 6:30pm, at The Mane Room. To reserve your free ticket, email email@example.com. And don't forget the annual Kick-Off party, 6pm, Thursday, March 2, 116 Mobile, Florence.
George Lindsey Film Festival brings O’Neill and Goodeve for Q&As
The 2017 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival will host actors Michael O’Neil and Grant Goodeve in two Q&As. O’Neill will speak to audiences at 7pm on Friday, March 3, in the George Lindsey Theatre on the UNA campus. Goodeve’s Q&A will take place at 2pm on Saturday, March 4, in room 124 of the UNA Communications Building. Both will be free and open to the public.
Michael O’Neill, a Montgomery native, has played Richard Barkley in the biographical drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” and head of Sector 7 Tom Banacheck in “Transformers.” He has also appeared in many notable roles on TV, including recurring roles in “The West Wing,” “Bates Motel,” “Extant,” and “Rectify.”
Grant Goodeve has 53 acting credits, including David Bradford on “Eight is Enough,” the late 70s – early 80s ABC comedy drama that focused on the life of a family with eight children. He also portrayed Capt. Jack Smith on “7th Heaven.” Goodeve will appear Showtime’s upcoming revival of “Twin Peaks.”
For more information, including the full festival schedule, visit lindseyfilmfest.com.
To reach officials directly, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-765-4592.
George Lindsey Film Festival receives highest number of Alabama films ever
The 2017 UNA George Lindsey Film Festival has received its largest number of Alabama films submissions.
This year, the festival received 36 Alabama films, and in honor of its 20th anniversary, will screen all of them.
Three of the 36 are also category finalists in festival competition. “The Breaks: Centuries and Struggles” and “Waste Not Want Not” are finalists in the Professional Documentary category, which is open to filmmakers who are no longer in school. “The Fall” is part of the Vanguard category, which is optional for films that don’t necessarily fit in other festival categories.
All the films will be eligible to compete for the $2,000 Clyde “Sappo” Black Sweet Home Alabama Award. Black was a longtime friend of festival creator George Lindsey; the award is sponsored by the Clyde Black family in honor of his memory.
For more information on the finalists, visit lindseyfilmfest.com. To reach officials directly, contact email@example.com or call 256-765-4592.
2017 SCREENPLAY WINNERS AND FINALISTS
FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAY
WINNER - The Good Book by Lucy Fazely
RUNNER UP - Barbie Boy By Paul Castro Jr. and Aly Miller
WINNER - "Customer Service" by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina and Alex Medina
RUNNER UP - "Sorry Charlie" by Bri Palmer
Screeners Selected for 2017 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
About the festival
Bringing Southern Hospitality to the Best in Independent Film!
The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is hosted each year by the University of North Alabama in Florence, one of the four cities comprising the culturally rich Shoals. The Shoals is an entertainment Mecca with long roots, which reach to the heart of rock and roll, southern rock, and the blues. It is the birthplace of “America’s First Lady of Courage” (Helen Keller), "The Father of the Blues" (W.C. Handy), and the legendary “Father of Rock and Roll” (Sam Phillips), who first recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the list goes on.
The Shoals area has always been known for its creative spirit and energy. It is now building on its rich musical heritage by devoting many of its resources toward enhancing its emerging film industry. Since 1998, The Lindsey Film Festival has contributed to that effort through the exhibition of independent films from across the world and the appearances of many special guests, including Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Ernest Borgnine; "Sling Blade" co-stars Lucas Black and Natalie Canerday; character actors Rance Howard (“Cool Hand Luke”) and Stephen Root ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?"); renowned film critic and Florence native Jonathan Rosenbaum; makeup-effects artist Robert Hall (“Angel” and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), actors Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), James Tolkan ("Back to the Future" and "Top Gun"), Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) and Cedric Pendleton (“The Shield"); Music Supervisors Dave Jordan, Julianne Jordan, Thomas Golubic, and Andrea von Foerster, screenwriter and producer Bob Gale; radio personality Mark Thompson (of "Mark & Brian" fame), and many more.
As a competitive film festival, we welcome local, national, and international entries. First place winners in each category receive a substantial prize. A special award, gifted in memory of George Lindsey’s dear childhood friend, Clyde “Sappo” Black, is given to the best film made in Alabama. Past winners have included Shane Acker's Oscar nominated "9," Steve Guttenberg's "P.S. Your Cat is Dead," Robert Hall's "Lightening Bug" and the Kathryn Tucker Windham documentary "Kathryn: A Story of a Teller."
The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival was founded by celebrated entertainer George Lindsey, along with now deceased Communications professor Bobby Hurt and now retired Office of Communications Director Bill Jarnigain, George Lindsey is well known for his role of Goober Pyle on the "Andy Griffith Show" and many other credits in television, including episodes of “Hee Haw,” “The Twilight Zone," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Gunsmoke," "M*A*S*H," and as the host of Turner South's Emmy award-winning "Liars & Legends."
We encourage you to submit your film and come experience southern hospitality at its finest!
Mission and Objectives
The festival, presented in a university setting and around the beautiful Shoals area, provides attendees with an exceptional lineup of quality workshops, panels, screenings, networking opportunities and informal interaction among filmmakers and all guests. Our priority is to discover emerging talent and promote their work by reaching, educating, inspiring, and entertaining audiences with the best in cinematic art. Our hope is that a representative of each selected work will be in attendance for the invaluable opportunity to discuss their work with other attendees in provided forums. We strive to be as eco-friendly as possible and we support our submitters and guests in being equally as mindful.