Film Awards

The 2018 ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 13 at the Paramount Theatre.


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Film Awards

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About Film Awards

 

Stay tuned to SXSW News and this page for information on SXSW 2019 registration, application periods, and more coming in Summer 2018.


Taking place halfway through the 9-day SXSW Film Festival, the SXSW Film Awards Presented by FilmStruck honors the superlative creativity and talent demonstrated by filmmakers and designers in the SXSW program.

The 2018 ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 13 at the Paramount Theatre and cover only juried competition awards. Audience Awards are always 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.

Browse the 2018 SXSW Film Lineup

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.

Learn more about Film Awards categories, view the 2017 SXSW Film Awards Winners, and stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest Film Festival updates throughout the season.

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Film Awards Donations

A special thank you for SXSW 2018 Film Awards graciously donated by: ARRI, Audio-Technica, Bat City Awards, Broadcast Films Critics Association, Cinema Printing Company London, The Criterion Collection, Hive Lighting, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, Mild2Wild Leather, Oscilloscope, Panavision,Technicolor, and Vimeo

Film Awards Categories

 

Jury Awards

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.

Audience Awards

In addition to Jury Awards, all feature films (excluding Special Events) are eligible for Audience Awards by screening section.

Special Awards

Special Awards include the Louis Black “Lone Star Award”, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award, and the SXSW Gamechanger Award, which honors an outstanding woman director.

Design Awards

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.

2018 Award Winners

 

SXSW Feature Film Grand Jury Awards

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Thunder Road
Director: Jim Cummings

Special Jury Recognition For First Feature: Carly Stone
Film: The New Romantic

Special Jury Recognition for Writing: Niljla Mu’min
Film: Jinn

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: People’s Republic of Desire
Director: Hao Wu

Special Jury Recognition for Best Cast: This One’s For The Ladies
Director: Gene Graham

Special Jury Recognition for Best Feminist Reconsideration of a Male Artist:
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
Director: Sasha Waters Freyer

SXSW Short Film Jury Awards

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Narrative Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Emergency
Director: Carey Williams

Special Jury Recognition for Acting:
Actor: Shirley Chen from Krista

Documentary Shorts

Jury Award Winner: My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
Director: Charlie Tyrell

Midnight Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Milk
Director: Santiago Menghini

Animated Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Agua Viva
Director: Alexa Lim Haas

Special Jury Recognition: JEOM
Director: Kangmin Kim

Music Videos

Jury Award Winner: “Second Hand Lovers” – Oren Lavie
Director: Oren Lavie

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: “Territory” – The Blaze
Director: The Blaze

Texas Shorts

Jury Award Winner: An Uncertain Future
Director: Iliana Sosa & Chelsea Hernandez

Texas High School Shorts

Jury Award Winner: The Night I Lost My Favorite Jacket
Director: Jenna Krumerman

Special Jury Recognition: CCISD Strong
Director: Sofia Rasmussen

Independent Episodics

Jury Award Winner: Beast
Director: Ben Strang

Special Jury Recognition: She’s the Ticket
Director: Nadia Hallgren

SXSW Film Design Awards

Excellence in Poster Design

Jury Award Winner: The Gospel of Eureka
Designer: Matt Taylor

Special Jury Recognition: A Little Wisdom
Designer: Adam Zhu

Excellence in Title Design

Jury Award Winner: Counterpart
Director: Karin Fong

Special Jury Recognition: Godless
Director: John Likens

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award – Narrative
Winner: First Match, Olivia Newman

Special Jury Recognition:
Unlovable, Suzi Yoonessi

SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary
Winner: On Her Shoulders Alexandria Bombach

Special Jury Recognition:
¡Las Sandinistas!, Jenny Murray

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Winner: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Director: Dana Adam Shapiro

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
Winner: Prospect, Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell

Vimeo Staff Picks Award
Presented to: Krista directed by Danny Madden

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Kristin Bye

Audience Awards Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition: First Match
Director: Olivia Newman

Documentary Feature Competition: TransMilitary
Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson

Headliners: Isle of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson

Narrative Spotlight: All Square
Director: John Hyams

Documentary Spotlight: The Dawn Wall
Director: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer

Visions: Profile
Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Midnighters: Upgrade
Director: Leigh Whannell

Episodic: Vida
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios, So Yong Kim

24 Beats Per Second: Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Director: Abner Benaim

Global: Virus Tropical
Director: Santiago Caicedo

Festival Favorite: Science Fair
Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Excellence in Title Design: #19 – Offf Barcelona 2017
Directors: Eve Duhamel, Julien Vallee

2017 Film Award Winners

 

SXSW Feature Film Jury Awards

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Most Beautiful Island
Director: Ana Asensio

Special Jury Recognition for Best Breakthrough Performance: James Freedson-Jackson
Film: The Strange Ones

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta and Will Rogers
Film: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: The Work
Director: Jarius McLeary and Gethin Aldous

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling: I Am Another You
Director: Nanfu Wang

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence In Observational Cinema: Maineland
Director: Miao Wang

SXSW Short Film Jury Awards

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Narrative Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Forever Now
Director: Kristian Håskjold.

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: DeKalb Elementary
Actress: Tarra Riggs

Special Jury Recognition: Charlotte Wells
Film: Laps

Documentary Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Little Potato
Director: Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

Midnight Shorts

Jury Award Winner: The Suplex Duplex Complex
Director: Todd Rohal

Animated Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Wednesday With Goddard
Director: Nicolas Menard

Special Jury Recognition: Pussy
Director: Renata Gasiorowska

Music Videos

Jury Award Winner: Leon Bridges – “River”
Director: Miles Jay

Special Jury Recognition: Tame Impala- “The Less I Know the Better”
Director: Canada

Texas Shorts

Jury Award Winner: The Rabbit Hunt
Director: Patrick Bresnan

Texas High School Shorts

Jury Award Winner: Better Late Than Never
Director: Atheena Frizzell

Special Jury Recognition: Darcy’s Quinceanera
Director: Sam Cooper

SXSW Film Design Awards

Excellence in Poster Design

Jury Award Winner: FRY DAY
Designer: Caspar Newbolt

Special Jury Recognition: Like Me
Designer: Jeremy Enecio

Excellence in Title Design

Jury Award Winner: Into the Current
Director: Chris R. Moberg & Jared Young.

SXSW Virtual Reality Jury Awards

Jury Award Winner Room – Scale: After Solitary
Director: Cassandra Herrman, Lauren Mucciolo

Special Jury Recognition Room-Scale for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health: Reinvent
Director: Ian Forester, Sook-lei Liew, Phd

Jury Award Winner 360° Video: Behind the Fence
Director: Lindsay Branham, Jonathan Olinger

Special Jury Recognition 360° Video for Technical Excellence: Dreams of “O”
Director: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award
Winner: Nanfu Wang I am Another You

SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award
Winner: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik. Inflame

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noel Wells

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Leigh Johnson

Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
Winner: Peter Vack Assholes

SXSW Audience Awards

Narrative Feature Competition: The Light of the Moon
Director: Jessica M. Thompson

Documentary Feature Competition: Dealt
Director: Luke Korem

Headliners: Baby Driver
Director: Edgar Wright

Narrative Spotlight: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noel Wells

Documentary Spotlight: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

Visions: Becoming Bond
Director: Josh Greenbaum

Midnighters: 68 Kill
Director: Trent Haaga

Episodic: Dear White People
Directors: Justin Simien

24 Beats Per Second: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio

Global: Divine Divas
Director: Leandra Leal

Festival Favorites: The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter

Excellence in Title Design: Into the Current
Designer: Chris R. Moberg & Jared Young

Excellence in Poster Design: Like Me
Designer: Jeremy Enecio

SXSW Film Design Awards

 

Honoring the long-time partnership between designers and filmmakers, the Film Design Awards will return for their 9th year at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. View the 2017 Film Design Award Winners.

Excellence in Poster Design Award

The SXSW Excellence in Poster Design Award highlights outstanding work from international design and illustration talent. Each year, we curate the SXSW Film Poster Gallery at the Austin Convention Center with poster designs from films featured in the SXSW Film Program. Posters in this dedicated gallery are eligible for the Excellence in Poster Design Award.

Excellence in Title Design Award

The Excellence in Title Design Award was introduced to shine a much needed light on a part of the filmmaking ecosystem that often slips below the radar. These mini-masterworks stand on their own terms, and we’re proud to give this dedicated space alongside the many other facets of SXSW Film.

Shorts Programs: Oscars & BAFTA Eligibility

 

Having your Animated, Documentary or Narrative short film selected for SXSW is prestigious in its own right. In addition, we’re pleased to count ourselves among the festivals eligible for both Oscars Shorts and BAFTA qualification.

What does this mean for you, short filmmaker?

Oscars

Winners of the SXSW Best Animated, Best Documentary and Best Narrative Short Film categories become eligible for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards.

BAFTAs

Any British Short Film or British Short Animation that screens at SXSW is eligible for a BAFTA nomination.

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