COLUMBUS, Ohio — Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) announce the winners of the Film It In Cbus Creation Awards, furthering their ongoing investment in local filmmakers and the film industry.
There were two awards available to filmmakers this year: a $20,000 grant for production/post-production on a locally filmed project and a $2,500 award for script development. These awards are the first large-scale awards specifically for film given by the Arts Council. The winner of the film production/post-production award is Joshua Clark; the winner of the script development grant is Corey Aumiller.
“I’m thrilled that the Arts Council has continued to recognize film as a positive economic and community driver in Columbus,” says Director of Film Columbus and Film Commissioner John Daugherty. “These significant grants have been in the planning stages for a few years. The winners are well-deserved. We can’t wait to watch as they develop their winning projects.”
Applicants needed to be at least 18 years old; professional, working filmmakers; live in Franklin County or the surrounding contiguous counties; and not be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students.
“As the Film Commission is constantly pushing for enhanced legislation both locally and statewide; these awards are part of that long-term vision,” says Daugherty. “The awards, and more like them in the future, could jump-start a series or film that could be produced here in Columbus, creating jobs and continuing to create infrastructure for a larger industry footprint.”
Three out-of-state judges were tasked with reviewing the 44 submissions. The judges were New York-based actress Amy Hargreaves; Washington, D.C.-based producer/screenwriter Gabriel Tolliver; and New Mexico-based producer and Native affairs advisor Daryl Begay.
“We keep saying that the film industry isn’t about Hollywood here,” says Daugherty. “It’s about helping people get back to work, keeping students and filmmakers here in Ohio and creating an environment where filmmakers, animators and creatives can thrive.”
About the Greater Columbus Film Commission: The Greater Columbus Film Commission (Film Columbus) aims to grow the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio by creating jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area. Film Columbus strives to build Columbus as a top city for film education, exhibition and production. Film Columbus is a division of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is primarily supported by funds provided by the City of Columbus. For more information, visit filmcolumbus.com.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.