Mancini wins Sci Fi nod for ‘Skins’

Short earns $15,000 Exposure grant

Chris Mancini has been named the first recipient of the Future Filmmaker Award at Sci Fi Channel’s first annual Exposure: Future of Film Festival for his short “Skins.”

Mancini, a graduate of Temple U. who has written for MTV’s “Singled Out” and ABC sudser “Port Charles,” will receive a $15,000 grant from Sci Fi’s newly formed Exposure Studios. Exposure Studios, created to assist filmmakers in the production of original sci-fi shorts, will award $30,000 to each of some 30 filmmakers over the next several years.

Award was presented as part of the closing festivities, which also helped kick off Sci Fi’s “Exposure” series and laud a special episode that’s a tribute to George Lucas and the “Star Wars” phenomenon. As part of the tribute, Joe Nussbaum’s “George Lucas in Love,” Steve Dooher’s “Searching for Carrie Fisher” and Chris Moeller’s Star Wars spoof “Tripping the Rift” will premiere.

“Our efforts were calculated not to make it too long so that an agent or exec could hold calls for the duration of the film. We put everything we could in this project and intended the audience to be the Hollywood community. We never knew anyone was going to pay for it whether consumer or at home, but we are excited with this opportunity with the Sci Fi Channel. We saw ‘Exposure’ and were blown away with the good taste,” helmer Nussbaum and “George” producer Joseph Levy told Daily Variety.

Episode to air Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. will be hosted by Kevin Smith and feature the world television preem of Lucas’ short “Freheit.”

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