Windcrest, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/16/2014 -- South By South West 2014 in Austin, Texas came and went like most festivals do; during it’s wake, there were performances from Justin Bieber, and even Twista who hasn’t been seen in a while. There was a lot of publicity, and it was even rumored a corner store had to lock down when Jay-Z and Beyonce entered into it’s store.
The film portion of the festival was also blowing up with features, documentaries, and short films. With the X-Games making an end within Austin, the next big thing will be the Austin Film Festival; so the question is why didn’t TKO: An Human Experiment premiere at SXSW, and why are they choosing to pass on the Austin Film Festival?
For SXSW 2014, Ani-Flix Studios simply missed the deadline for submissions since the project was still filming in Luzhou, China. So question one is answered; what about two?
“We hadn’t had too much luck with the Austin film festivals in the pass,” states director Patrick Zhang. “Every year we look at the line up and we see something that wasn’t like that years ago.”
What Zhang is saying is back when he was a kid, film festivals were created to bring forth new and independent artist. Now and days with some film festivals such as Austin Film Festival, most of the indie-films chosen have a known name in the film: either an director, producer, or actor/actress, someone known is in the picture. It’s like a popularity contest in a way.
Zhang then mentions when he met up with AFS about four years ago, they told him they were declined to premiere their short film, Get Off It at the Austin GLBT Film Festival. The short film would later premiere at the Sorin Reel Film Festival instead.
“The short film featured two Mexican actors from San Antonio. After seeing the line up of the GLBT film festival, there was a lack of diversity and they were even showing films created a few years back.” Zhang explains. “I’m not implying anything but the Austin Film Festival and even the Austin GLBT Film Festival has an agenda.”
About Ani-Flix Studios
Ani-Flix Studios (http://www.aniflixstudios.com) was founded in 2010. They completed two short films which includes an animation. Their first short film titled, Get Off It, premiered at the Sorin Reel Film Festival. Their first independent indie, Trapped, screened at The Alamo Drafthouse.
Contact Ani-Flix Studios:
Manager: Dee Miranda
Windcrest, Tx, USA