Taking place halfway through the 9-day film festival, the SXSW Film Awards Presented by Panasonic honored the superlative creativity and talent demonstrated by filmmakers and designers in the SXSW program. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Paramount Theatre and covered only juried competition awards. Audience Awards were revealed later in the week on sxsw.com and social media channels.
While the SXSW Film Awards are always a highlight, SXSW continues to screen films in the days after the ceremony.
SXSW is also proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition as well as a BAFTA-recognized festival for the purposes of eligibility for the Short Film category at the EE British Academy Film Awards. See more information on Oscars and BAFTA eligibility.
Feature films screening in the Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature categories are eligible for Jury Awards.
Short films screening in the Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Midnight Shorts, Music Videos, Narrative Shorts, Texas Shorts, and Texas High School Shorts categories are eligible for Jury Awards.
The Shorts Program is presented by OneFifty, a new content incubator from Time Warner, home of Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner. Our projects and artists represent the future of storytelling, offering innovative and fresh perspectives that resonate with new and emerging audiences globally.
View the 2016 SXSW Jurors.
In addition to Jury Awards, all feature films (excluding Special Events) are eligible for Audience Awards by screening section.
Special Awards include the Louis Black “Lone Star Award”, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, and the SXSW Gamechanger Award, which honors an outstanding woman director.
Each year SXSW Film celebrates the collaboration between filmmakers and designers through the SXSW Film Design Awards, which consists of the Excellence in Poster Design Award and Excellence in Title Design Award.
Film Award Donations
A special thank you for SXSW 2016 Film Awards graciously donated by: AudioBlocks, Audio-Technica, Bat City Awards, Blackmagic Design, The Criterion Collection, Digital Bolex, Gamechanger Films, GraphicStock, Hawaii Camera, Hive Lighting, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, Mild2Wild Leather, MoviePass, olloclip, Panasonic, Panavision, Pond5, Technicolor, Time Warner|OneFifty, and VideoBlocks.