PollyGrind winners have gone home with distribution contracts, thousands of dollars in software prizes, and equipment from Sony, Red Giant, Glidecam, and Final Draft. Better yet, they've delivered a rush of adrenaline right into the hearts of their respective careers: Jen and Sylvia Soska's debut film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, picked up numerous PollyGrind awards before signing to IFC Midnight; Calvin Lee Reeder snagged a PollyGrind Best Director Trophy before premiering The Rambler at this year's Sundance Film Festival; and Albert Pyun's Road to Hell, now with Lionsgate, enjoyed record-setting PollyGrind attendance and is being converted into 3-D and IMAX Digital for a national theatrical run. This year's winners will receive distribution and consultation from Wild Eye Releasing (Showgirls 2, Mold, The Disco Exorcist).
"PollyGrind really is a celebration of independent films," says director Greg Lamberson, whose film, Slime City Massacre, won the 2010 PollyGrind Grand Jury Prize. "That's what festivals should be about: exposing people to films that might [otherwise] escape their radar, not scheduling the same stuff that will be in multiplexes a few months later. I'm proud to have screened at a new festival that has its priorities straight." Unfolding against a Las Vegas landscape that revels in the bold, the exciting, and the avant garde, PollyGrind has single-handedly redefined what to expect during the film festival experience.