Nate Kirtman, NBC Entertainment Publicity
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HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 25, 2012) NBCUniversal announced the winners among the finalists at the closing night of its Seventh Annual “Short Cuts” Festival on October 24 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater in Los Angeles with hosts Craig Robinson (NBC’s “The Office”) and Kym Whitley (NBC’s “Animal Practice”).

Now in its seventh-consecutive year, NBCUniversal’s “Short Cuts” Festival unites the various networks and studios from the NBCU family; including NBC, Bravo, Syfy, G4, E Networks, Focus Features, Telemundo, Mun2, and Universal Pictures, earning a distinctive place as the authority on discovering new diverse voices in the film and television industry. The program is championed by Kendra Carter, Director of NBC's Talent Diversity Initiatives, NBCUniversal. “We are always gratified to see that our annual Short Cuts festival is so warmly embraced by the industry as a valued showcase for so many talented actors, writers and directors to gain acceptance and guidance for their marvelous efforts,” said Carter. “The scope and passion of these industry executives over the years demonstrate a growing appreciation of the young artists’ work while it underscores NBCUniversal’s strong devotion to increasing diversity that now has resulted in some proven success stories.”

The 2012 winners announced include those in the following categories: Best Actor -- David Castaneda Jr. for “Maddoggin’” and Kendra Mylnechuk for “OK Breathe Auralee”; Best Short – “Cherry Waves" by Carey Williams; Best Director – Vincent Lin for “Love, NY”; and Audience Award – “Maddoggin’” from writer/director Terrence Heuston....

As Best Actor, Castaneda and Mylnechuk received a one-year NBC Talent holding deal, a one-year subscription to The Hollywood Reporter and GConnect 500gb wireless hard drives from G-Technology.

Best Director Lin was rewarded with a camera package valued at $60,000 under Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program; an 8-terabyte “G Raid” hard drive with Thunderbolt from G-Technology; a finalist slot in NBC’s Director Fellowship Program and one day of sound mixing from Universal Operations Group.

For Best Short, Carey Williams received a blind script deal with NBCUniversal; one day of sound mixing from Universal Operations Group and a one-year membership to Studio System.

Last but not least, Audience Award winner Heuston from “Maddoggin’” was awarded a professional HD Waterproof Hero2 from GoPro; a one-week supply of Pretzel Crisps delivered to the set of his next shoot; a complimentary Web package from Web Solutions and a one-year membership to Studio System.

All finalists for the 2012 festival received a 1-terabyte mobile hard drive, courtesy of G-Technology; a Screenplay Writers Suite, courtesy of Write Brothers, Inc; a subscription to Hulu Plus; a one-year subscription to the Hollywood Reporter; a studio-quality digital MiC from Apogee; and all winners will be featured in Vibe/Uptown Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter.

This year's panel of judges once again included top talent and executives from the industry: Ken Jeong (actor/comedian from NBC’s “Community”), Kelly Edwards (NBC Diversity), Erika Kennair (Syfy Programming), Karen O'Hara (Syfy Original Movies), Moises Velez (mun2 Programming), Brian Dorfman (NBC Casting), Joey Chavez (NBC Drama Programming), Eric Carr (Focus Features), Teri Dean (NBC Casting), Karen Horne (NBC Entertainment Programs), Grace Wu (NBC Casting), Michael Sluchan (USA Development), Tara Case (Universal Pictures), Andy Weil (Universal Television Development) and Charotte Koh (Hulu Development).

This year’s corporate sponsors and partners included: Panavision, G-Technology, Sheraton Universal Hotel, Entertainment Partners, Universal Operations Group, StudioSystem, Pretzel Crisps, Pink's Hot Dogs, Write Brothers, Uptown Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Keldof, Fuze, GoPro, The Sundance Institute, DGA, WGA and Hulu. For additional information, please visit WWW.NBCSHORTCUTS.COM.

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