Austin fest crowds award 'Up in the Air'

'Herpes Boy,' 'Happy Ending' also take home prizes

Austin Film Festival organizers said Thursday that Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" has drawn this year's Out of Competition Audience Award.

"Herpes Boy," written by Byron Lane and directed by Nathaniel Atcheson, pulled down the comedy Vanguard Audience Award, and "Happy Ending," from writer-director Atsuhiro Yamada, won the Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award.

The winners were determined by audience voting during the festival's Oct. 22-29 run.

Tim VandeSteeg's nonfiction feature "My Run" shared the documentary feature competition audience award with Tisha Blood's "Torey's Distraction." Audience award winners for short films included Kat Candler (narrative), Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (narrative student), T.G. Herrington (documentary) and Chris Perry (animated).

Next year's fest will run Oct. 21-28.
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