Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 SXSW Film Awards


The 2013 SXSW Film Festival concluded this weekend. The annual festival held in Austin, Texas, with the goal of showcasing new and independent directing talent.

Winners of the audience awards were announced Saturday evening, and earlier in the week, awards were presented by juries in several categories including: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Shorts, and even Poster Design.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize was Short Term 12, directed by Destin Cretton. A film starring Brie Larson, as a supervisor at a group foster home for teenagers, who has her own troubled past.

Read on for the full list of 2013 SXSW Film award winners:

Feature Film Jury Awards
Grand Jury Prize
  • Short Term 12
    Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
    USA
Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast
  • Burma
    Actors: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin
    USA
Special Jury Prize for Acting
  • The Retrieval
    Actor: Tishuan Scott
    USA

Narrative Feature Audience Awards
Winner
  • Short Term 12
    Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
    USA
Narrative Spotlight
  • Zero Charisma
    Directed by Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews
    USA

Documentary Feature Jury Awards
Grand Jury Prize
  • William and the Windmill
    Directed by Ben Nabors
    USA, Malawi, South Africa
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography
  • Touba
    Director of Photography Scott Duncan
    USA, Senegal
Special Jury Prize for Directing
  • We Always Lie to Strangers
    Directors: AJ Schnack, David Wilson
    USA

Documentary Feature Audience Awards
Winner
  • The Short Game
    Directed by Josh Greenbaum
    USA
Narrative Spotlight
  • An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
    Directed by KAl REinert
    USA

Short Film Jury Awards
Narrative Short Winner
  • Ellen is Leaving
    Directed by Michelle Savill
    USA
Narrative Short Honorable Mention
  • Sequin Raze
    Directed by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
    USA
Narrative Short Honorable Mention
  • SKIN
    Directed by Jordana Spiro
    USA
Documentary Short Winner
  • SLOMO
    Directed by Josh Izenberg
    USA
Midnight Short Winner
  • The Apocalypse
    Directed by Andrew Zuchero
    USA
Animated Short Winner
  • Oh Willy...
    Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
    USA
Music Video Winner
  • Vitalic, "Stamina"
    Directed by Saman Keshavarz
Texas High School Short Winner
  • The Benefactress
    Directed by Alina Vega

SXSW Film Design Awards
Excellence in Poster Design Winner
  • Kiss of the Damned
    Designed by Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc.
Excellence in Poster Design Special Jury Recognition
  • We Always Lie to Strangers
    Designed by Erik Buckham, PALACEWORKS

SXSW Film Design Audience Awards
Excellence in Poster Design Winner
  • Kiss of the Damned
    Designed by Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc.
Excellence in Title Design
  • Chasing Shakespeare
    Designed by Lucky Post

Visions Audience Award
Winner
  • Maidentrip
    Directed by Jillian Schlesinger

Midnighters Audience Award
Winner
  • Cheap Thrills
    Directed by E.L. Katz

24 Beats Per Second Audience Award
Winner
  • A Band Called Death
    Directed by Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett

SXGlobal Audience Award
Winner
  • The Punk Syndrome
    Directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Festival Favorites Audience Award
Winner
  • The Crash Reel
    Directed by Lucy Walker

SXSW Special Awards
SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award
  • A Teacher
    Directed by Hannah Fidell
SXSW Chicken & Egg Special Mention
  • Zero Charisma
    Directed by Katie Graham
Louis Black "Lone Star" Award
  • Loves Her Gun
    Directed by Geoff Marslett
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
  • Presented to: Jim Hession

12 comments:

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Great coverage as always!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I've been wondering about this festival for a while. Its premise is excellence in new directing isn't it? It looks a little like a yank-wank at this point, but I'm not 100% sure how old it is. Is it exclusively American?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Of course I immediately went and watched the video for Vitalic's 'Stamina'. I love well done music videos. You should see the smile on my face.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Thanks Keith!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Haha I like that term yank-wank, is that a common phrase in AU?

SXSW is better known for the music side of their festival, where they usually have a couple thousand bands from around the world performing during the two weeks.

The film side is much smaller (only 8 features in the competition), so I don't think it's meant to be exclusively American, but that's just the way things are right now.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I don't think it's one of his better tracks, but it is a pretty funny video.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yes - I know all about the music side of course, but I was interested to see if the film fest had the promise of becoming significant on the film festival circuit. If it isn't just American, then there is a good chance it might turn out to be as useful as the music side if it is.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

With the decline in the mainstream of credibility (and interest) in the oscars and the rise of interest in indie festivals, it's interesting to see where the power will be coming from.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I think the film side is in a tough spot, kind of sandwiched in between bigger and more established cousins: Sundance and Tribeca. What they need is for one of these 'emerging' filmmakers to get huge, or premiere a big surprise hit for it to really take off.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Oh! Just read your reply! That's a good call!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Thanks for covering this Bonjour! I didn't know SXSW has a film award but I suppose it's just like any film festival. I've never heard of any of the winning films, hope those would get a decent release nationwide.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

To be honest, I hadn't heard of these films until I began researching this post either. I do these primarily to become familiar with the titles, and remind myself of films I should check out. I'm glad you found it useful.

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