There is a real film festival in Alaska - the Anchorage International Film Festival and I have compared the two events here. [July 18: I've corrected this link]
Essentially, the Alaska (not Anchorage) International Film Awards (not Festival) solicits films in the summer, with the first submission deadline in September in a whole myriad of categories and their website says that winners will be announced on July 15 of the following year. That gives them plenty of time to have lots of people submit films and entry fees.
Last year, I contacted some of the winners and learned that, yes they had won, and to get their trophies they had to pay another fee that varied in price.
Today is July 16 and this is what they have on their website under awards. The names of the awards, but not the winners.
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Since May 15th was the last submission deadline, and since they didn't have to do any work to set up a festival and show the films, they've had two full months to figure out the winners and post them on their website by the July 15, 2011 deadline. But they didn't.
If anyone submitted a film to the Alaska (not Anchorage) International Film Awards (not Festival) this year, please let me know if you have been notified that you won or didn't win. You can leave a comment or you can email me.
[UPDATE Aug 4: Sometime while we were gone, the Awards folks posted this year's 'winners.' I don't mean to in any way make light of those whose films got awards. I'm sure that many of the films are truly excellent. And I've heard from two people who got letters saying they did NOT win an award. So, not everyone who submitted got an award. However, the list is pretty long. I counted 81 different awards. (In contrast, the Sundance Film Festival seems to have just given out about 40 awards.) And a couple folks who contacted me and said they won, were told they had to buy their own trophies.
I don't know the answer to John's comment. Contacting Without A Box can't hurt. You can also post comments here and in the Without A Box forums to warn others that if they win, they probably will have to pay for their trophies.]