Award to honor film that best embodies courage and its filmmaker who best embraces risk
New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hiscox, the global specialist insurer and a leading insurer of films and other media productions in the US and abroad, will present the fourth annual Hiscox Courage Award™ at this year’s 25th anniversary of the Austin Film Festival. Hiscox will also participate as the event’s opening night leading sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.
Selected exclusively by the audience, the Hiscox Courage Award will recognize the festival film that most embodies courage in its storytelling and the filmmaker who best embraced risk to tell the story. The 2018 Austin Film Festival, also known as “The Writers Festival,” will run from October 25 until November 1, and the Hiscox Courage Award will be awarded the week of November 3.
“At Hiscox, we understand the risks filmmakers undertake to push artistic boundaries and we’re proud to insure many of the films presented at this year’s festival,” said David Seaman, Vice President and Entertainment Product Head at Hiscox. “The Hiscox Courage Award honors talented filmmakers who challenge convention. It’s our pleasure to present this award to the film that best embodies creative risk taking and courage.”
The 2017 Hiscox Courage Award was presented to Coming to My Senses, a documentary feature directed by Dominic Gill that follows a man who faces insurmountable odds and learns to walk again after becoming paralyzed in an accident. Hiscox’s partnership with the Austin Film Festival also includes the Hiscox Filmmaker Blog Archive, where filmmakers share stories of the challenges they faced during the creation of their films.
Hiscox has specialized in Media Liability coverage and Entertainment Insurance to US businesses for over 25 years. Hiscox also provides a variety of specialty risk solutions including a broad spectrum of professional E&O, GL, cyber and data security, media liability, management liability, crime, kidnap & ransom, terrorism and commercial property products. Hiscox primarily specializes in the unique needs of small and middle market businesses. Hiscox works with small and medium-sized business throughout the US to support them and address their risk management needs.
Hiscox is a global specialist insurer, headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Our ambition is to be a respected specialist insurer with a diverse portfolio by product and geography. We believe that building balance between catastrophe-exposed business and less volatile local specialty business gives us opportunities for profitable growth throughout the insurance cycle. It’s a long-standing strategy which in 2017 saw the business deliver a profit before tax (excluding foreign exchange) of £93.6 million despite reserving net $225 million for claims in the most costly year ever for natural catastrophes.
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ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. All attendees/events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Badges and passes are available for purchase online at austinfilmfestival.com or by calling 1-800-310-FEST.
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