When we were simply tossing around this idea for a festival here in Austin, we had the pleasure of working with Austin-born Julius Tennon and the wonderful Viola Davis in building the brand from the ground up. Through our growing pains, they have provided their knowledge, experience, and even their own resources in order for us to make waves in this competitive industry. Now, in year three, we celebrate the names who have helped us build ours.

To Julius and Viola: Thank you for helping us develop a more diverse, empowering, and fun film industry!