Big names walk the red carpet at Texas Film Awards

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several big names walked the red carpet at the 14th annual Texas Film Awards  on Thursday night.

The event honors Texans who are lifetime achievers and hot up-and-comers.

The money raised through the Austin Film Society helps film development and launch new careers in Central Texas.

Amber Heard, Rising Star of the Year honoree from Austin’s St. Michael’s Academy, had her fiance Johnny Depp in tow.

Louis Black, South by Southwest co-founder, received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It makes me feel very old, is it all behind me?” said Black.

Mac Davis received his Music Award from fellow Texan Priscilla Presley.

Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater is happy about the film industry in Austin and across Texas.

“The incentive program is really working with all the production coming to town, it really helps the economy,” said Linklater.

Austin director Robert Rodriguez was awarded the Star of Texas Award for his 1996 iconic bandit-vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn.

According to the Governor’s Office, In FY 2013, 57 film and TV projects received $30.3M in incentives that spent more than $166.3M in the state. So far, in the first six months of FY2014, 21 film and TV projects have spent $79M in the state which received $14.6M in incentives.

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