Film fest adds jury, honors

Kudos to be handed out Sunday

The Comic-Con Intl. Independent Film Festival celebrates its sixth year with its first-ever jury and an awards presentation.

Awards will be presented at noon Sunday in six categories: animation, comics-oriented, documentary, horror/suspense, humor/parody and sci-fi/fantasy. There’s an award for the best film in each area, as well as an award for the overall entry. Prizes have been donated by Variety, CFQ/Cinefantastique and Write Bros.

The inaugural judges are Mark Altman, co-publisher and editorial director of CFQ/Cinefantastique and producer of fan-favorite pic “Free Enterprise”; and Scott Zakarin, producer of “Comic Book: The Movie.”

This year more than 100 entries were submitted; after review, 59 were selected for the competition.

Rules for the festival are designed to encourage budding filmmakers. The festival doesn’t accept submissions which have distribution or any kind of deal pending. Films should be final cuts — not rough cuts or anything resembling a demo reel.

Says David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations: “People like Quentin Tarantino have been fans of this convention for a long time, and we want this to continue to be a place for emerging talent to be seen. The people showing films this year could go on to be the big directors of tomorrow.”

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