SXSW 2013: Jury & Special Awards

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Tonight was the night at SXSW where the Paramount Theater didn’t showcase any films, but instead hosted the Film Awards that occurs each year at SXSW. Below you will find all the information about this event and who took home the top prizes

Austin, Texas – March 12, 2013 – The Jury and Special Award-winners of the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. This year, the Awards returned to the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.  Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition categories. Films in these categories, as well as all feature categories (with the exception of Headliners and Special Events), and the Poster and Title Design Competition entrants, are also eligible for 2013 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. All Audience Awards will be announced separately on Saturday, March 16. SXSW continues showing films through Saturday, March 16, details can be found at www.sxsw.com/film.

SXSW also announced the Jury Award-winners in Shorts Filmmaking and winners of the SXSW Film Design Awards, as well as Special Awards, including the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award and the SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award.

“We start each year anew, never knowing what’s ahead. We fall in love with the films as we program, but they truly come alive in front of our audience, and the feedback for the entire program this year has been so enthusiastic and rewarding,” said Janet Pierson, Film Conference and Festival Producer. “We know the juries had a tough job, but are grateful for their commitment to the task.  We’re thrilled with the quality of the work recognized.”

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival Juries consisted of:

Narrative Feature Competition: Devin Gordon, Dana Harris, Eric Lavalle

Documentary Feature Competition: Brian Brooks, Elvis Mitchell, Maria Popova

Shorts Program: Cullen Conly, Natalie Difford, Jonathan Lisecki

Documentary Shorts: Brian Ackerman, Nancy Schiesari, Ondi Timoner

Animated Shorts: Don Hertzfeld, Austin Kleon

Midnight Shorts: Zack Carlson, Kim Sherman, Aram Tertzakian

Music Videos: King Coffey, Nat Sanders, Benjamin Wintle

Texas High School Shorts: Cole Dabney, Emily Hagins, Bart Weiss

Title Sequence Design: Ian Albinson, Paul Babb, Kurt Volk

Poster Design: Marc English, Tim League, Danny Parker, Zachary Soreff, Kurt Volk

Louis Black “Lone Star”: Victor Diaz, Ann Hornaday, Chris Vognar

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 133 features, consisting of 78 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 9 U.S. Premieres, with 76 first-time directors. 110 shorts will screen as part of 10 overall shorts programs.  The nearly 250 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,700, comprised of approximately 2,100 features and 3,600 shorts, with an overall increase of 7% over 2012.

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL

Director: Ben Nabors

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Touba

Director of Photography: Scott Duncan

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: We Always Lie To Strangers

Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Short Term 12

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast: Burma

Christopher Abbott

Gaby Hoffmann

Christopher McCann

Dan Bittner

Emily Fleischer

Jacinta Puga

Matt McCarthy

Kelly Aucoin

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Tishuan Scott, The Retrieval

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Ellen is Leaving

Director: Michelle Savill

Honorable Mention: Sequin Raze

Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Honorable Mention: SKIN

Director: Jordana Spiro 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: SLOMO

Director: Josh Izenberg

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: The Apocalypse

Directors: Andrew Zuchero

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: Oh Willy…

Director: Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Vitalic, “Stamina”

Director: Saman Keshavarz

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Winner: The Benfactress

Director: Alina Vega

SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Kiss of the Damned

Designer: Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc

Special Jury Recognition: We Always Lie To Strangers

Designer: Erik Buckham, PALACEWORKS

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: Joven & Alocada

Designer: Pablo González, Fabula

Special Jury Recognition: Crave

Designer: Raleigh Stewart, Iron Helmet

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD

Winner: Hannah Fidell, A Teacher

Special Mention: Katie Graham. Zero Charisma

LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD

Winner: Loves Her Gun

Director: Geoff Marslett

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP

Presented to: Jim Hession

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