In the audience awards, Scott Teems' Tennessee-set grudge story That Evening Sun won narrative feature, Geralyn Pezanoski's post-Katrina tale Mine won the documentary category. Jennifer Steinman's Motherland, an account of grieving mothers who travel to Africa to heal themselves, won Emerging Visions.
Jason Tippet's Thompson won the Reel Shorts prize, while Luc Perez's Shaman took the animated shorts award and Matthew Rankin and Mike Maryniuk's Cattle Call won the experimental shorts category. In the special awards, the SXSW Wholphin Short Film Award went to Jill Orschel's Sister Wife.
'Going into the festival, we knew we had a strong line-up to be proud of, filled with some of the smartest and most talented film-makers working at the studio level down to the tiniest of micro budgets,' Film Conference And Festival producer Janet Pierson said. 'But audiences, industry and press are all saying this is their favorite batch of movies in years. It's great to feel the overwhelming embrace of the SXSW attendees who love what they're watching, and even better, seeing our film-makers enjoying each other's work.'
All in all the 2009 festival screened 133 features, of which 57 were world premieres, from 1,511 submissions comprising 1,220 US and 291 international pictures.