The festival announced the winners of the narrative and documentary jury prizes on Tuesday evening (13).
Adam Leon’s Gimme The Loot was the grand jury winner in the narrative feature competition while Jay Bulger’s Beware Of Mr Baker prevailed in the documentary feature contest.
Megan Griffiths’ Eden won the narrative feature audience award and Annie Eastman’s Bay Of All Saints took the corresponding documentary feature audience award.
In the shorts section, Grainger David’s The Chair won the narrative jury award, Seth Keal took documentary honours for CatCam, Rebecca Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared won the Midnight prize, Tali Yankelevich’s The Perfect Fit took the SXGlobal Shorts prize and Danny Madden’s (notes on) biology was named best animated short.
The Awards took place at the Vimeo Theater in Austin, Texas.
“It’s been amazing this year to hear over and over again about the high range of quality across the board,” film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson said.
“I know I’m always going on about the great variety of our programme, but this year it seems to have been embraced in even wider measure and it’s very exciting. SXSW is a special moment for the creative community to both inspire and be inspired. We appreciate the audience and jury engagement and recognition for these highlighted titles.”
Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites Audience Awards will be announced separately on Mar 17 and the Headliner Audience Award will be announced on Mar 19.
SXSW continues to show films through Mar 17.