Film & TV Awards

The Film & TV Awards honor the superlative creativity demonstrated by the film, TV, XR, and design talent in the SXSW Film & TV Festival program.

Narrative Feature Jury Award Winner: Bob Trevino Likes It - Photo by Edward Bennett

SXSW Film & TV Awards


The SXSW Film & TV Festival has Juried Awards in the following screening categories:

  • Narrative Feature Competition: World premieres showcasing the art of storytelling by emerging voices.
  • Documentary Feature Competition: World premieres of captivating, real stories by emerging voices.
  • Narrative Short Competition: Exceptional storytelling that captivates, surprises, and excites.
  • Documentary Short Competition: Authentic storytelling that captivates, surprises, and excites.
  • Midnight Short Competition: Indulge your cravings for horror, gore, and dark comedy.
  • Animated Short Competition: A whirlwind tour of hand drawn, stop-motion, and digital revelries.
  • Music Video Competition: A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.
  • Texas Short Competition: Vibrant work filmed in, inspired by, or connected to the Lone Star State.
  • Independent TV Pilot Competition: Discover new pilots from indie talent.
  • Poster Design Competition: Uniquely illustrated prints designed to reflect the themes, tone, and characters of a festival selection.
  • XR Experience Competition: World premieres of mind bending immersive art.
  • In addition to the Jury Awards, all Film and TV projects are eligible for Audience Awards in their various sections, with voting certified by Maxwell Locke & Ritter.

    SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition. Winners of our Best Animated, Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film categories become eligible for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards (Oscars). Any British Short Film or British Short Animation that screens at SXSW is eligible for BAFTA nomination. Films are also eligible for the Independent Spirit Awards.

    2024 Winners




    Jury Award Winner: Bob Trevino Likes It
    Director/Screenwriter: Tracie Laymon, Producers: Tracie Laymon, Sean Mullin, Edgar Rosa, Felipe Dieppa

    Special Jury Award for Performance: Maria Rodríguez Soto, Mamifera

    Special Jury Award for Filmmaking: Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, We Were Dangerous


    Jury Award Winner: Grand Theft Hamlet
    Directors/Screenwriters: Pinny Grylls, Sam Crane, Producers: Rebecca Wolff, Julia Ton

    Special Jury Award for Bravery and Empathy: Carina Mia Wong and Alex Simmons, We Can Be Heroes


    Presented by You42

    Jury Award Winner: Dissolution
    Director/Screenwriter: Anthony Saxe, Producers: Thomas Lopez, Anthony Saxe

    Special Jury Award: Sam Cutler-Kreutz and David Cutler-Kreutz, Trapped

    Documentary Short Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Remember, Broken Crayons Colour Too
    Directors/Screenwriters: Shannet Clemmings, Urša Kastelic, Producers: Filippo Bonacci, Gabriel Grosclaude

    Special Jury Award Winner: David Gauvey Herbert, Frank

    Midnight Shorts Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Transylvanie
    Director: Rodrigue Huart, Screenwriters: Rodrigue Huart, David Alexander Cassan, Axel Würsten, Producer: Lucie Vigier

    Special Jury Award Winner: Eros V, Meat Puppet

    Animated Shorts Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Wander to Wonder
    Director: Nina Gantz, Screenwriters: Nina Gantz, Simon Cartwright, Daan Bakker, Stienette Bosklopper

    Special Jury Award Winner: Phoebe Jane Hart, Bug Diner

    Music Video Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Célen - 'Mom told you so'
    Director/Screenwriter: Cécile Cournelle

    Special Jury Award for Technical Wizardry: Joe Nicolosi, The Burning Hell - 'All I Need'

    Texas Shorts Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Jedo's Dead
    Director/Screenwriter: Sara Nimeh, Producers: Michael Mittelstaedt, Jeff Walker, Ellyn Church

    Special Jury Award: Fatima Wardy, Hair Care

    Independent TV Pilot Competition

    Jury Award Winner: Marvin Is Sorry
    Showrunners/Screenwriters: Brett Morrow, Alex Gehrlein, Jack Gacek, Director: Clint Pang

    Special Jury Award: Zeke Nicholson, Halfrican American

    Poster Design Competition

    Jury Award Winner: 7 Beats Per Minute
    Designer: John Godfrey

    Special Jury Award Winner: Designer: Andrei Captan, If I Die in America

    XR Experience Competition

    Jury Award Winner: The Golden Key
    Directors: Marc Da Costa, Matthew Niederhauser

    Special Jury Award: Soul Paint
    Directors: Sarah Ticho, Niki Smit, Producer: Anna Firbank, Screenwriter: Sarah Ticho

    SXSW Special Awards

    SXSW Best Of Texas Award: Preconceived
    Directors: Sabrine Keane, Kate Dumke

    Janet Pierson Champion Award: Kara Durrett, President of Pinky Promise Films

    Kickstarter NextGen Award: Family
    Director/Screenwriter: Benjamin Finkel

    2024 Audience Awards


    2024 Audience Award Winners


    Audience Award Winner: Monkey Man
    Director: Dev Patel, Producers: Dev Patel, Jomon Thomas, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Ian Cooper, Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Christine Haebler, Sam Sahni, Antay Nagpal, Screenwriters: Dev Patel, Paul Angunawela, John Collee

    Narrative Feature Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Bob Trevino Likes It
    Director/Screenwriter: Tracie Laymon, Producers: Tracie Laymon, Sean Mullin, Edgar Rosa, Felipe Dieppa

    Documentary Feature Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Resynator
    Director: Alison Tavel, Producers: Kathryn Robson, Jon Lullo, Brendan Walter, Sara Nesson, Barbara McDonough, Christopher Noviello

    Narrative Spotlight

    Audience Award Winner: My Dead Friend Zoe
    Director: Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Producers: Paul Scanlan, Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Terri Lubaroff, Ray Maiello, Mike Field, Richard Silverman, Robert Paschall Jr., Screenwriters: Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, AJ Bermudez

    Documentary Spotlight

    Audience Award Winner: Clemente
    Director: David Altrogge, Producers: Mike Blizzard, Mary Sabol, Sarah Altrogge, Jocelyn Hartnett, Stephen Turselli, Keith Ayers, Andrew Calvetti, Steve Burman, John Bennett Scanlon


    Audience Award Winner: Oddity
    Director/Screenwriter: Damian McCarthy, Producers: Katie Holly, Laura Tunstall, Evan Horan, Mette-Marie Kongsved


    Audience Award Winner: Songs From the Hole
    Director: Contessa Gayles, Producers: Contessa Gayles, Richie Reseda, David Felix Sutcliffe, Screenwriters: James "JJ'88" Jacobs, Contessa Gayles

    Global presented by MUBI

    Audience Award Winner: Bionico's Bachata
    Director: Yoel Morales, Producer: Cristian Mojica, Screenwriters: Cristian Mojica, Yoel Morales

    24 Beats Per Second presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    Audience Award Winner: Faders Up: The John Aielli Experience
    Directors: David Hartstein, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Producer: Shelby Hadden

    Festival Favorite

    Audience Award Winner: Sing Sing
    Director: Greg Kwedar, Producers: Monique Walton, Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Screenwriters: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar

    Narrative Short Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Can
    Director/Screenwriter: Kailee McGee, Producers: JP Bolles, Kailee McGee

    Documentary Short Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Frank
    Director: David Gauvey Herbert, Producers: David Gauvey Herbert, Lance Oppenheim, Abigail Rowe, Nate Hurtsellers

    Animated Short Competition

    Audience Award Winner: A Crab in the Pool
    Directors/Screenwriters/Producers: Alexandra Myotte, Jean-Sébastien Hamel

    Midnight Short Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Meat Puppet
    Director/Screenwriter: Eros V, Producers: Leah Draws, Masha Thorpe

    Texas Short Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Sangre Violenta / Sangre Violeta
    Directors: Edna Diaz, Arturo R. Jiménez, Producers: Maggie M. Bailey, Edna Diaz, Arturo R. Jiménez

    Music Video Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Dillon Francis - 'LA on Acid'
    Director/Screenwriter: Parker Seaman, Producers: Melissa Langaas, Parker Seaman

    TV Program

    TV Premiere

    Audience Award Winner: STAX: Soulsville, U.S.A.
    Director: Jamila Wignot, Producers: Jamila Wignot, Kara Elverson

    TV Spotlight

    Audience Award Winner: Hacks Season 3 Premiere
    Showrunners: Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky, Director: Lucia Aniello, Producers: Jen Statsky, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett

    Independent TV Pilot Competition

    Audience Award Winner: Neo-Dome
    Director: Bonnie Discepolo, Screenwriter: Matt Pfeffer, Producers: Anna Camp, Michael Johnson, Matt Pfeffer, Mark Pfeffer, Valerie Steinberg

    XR Experience

    Audience Award Winner: Last We Left Off
    Directors: Connor Illsley, Jon Riera, Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, Producers: Cameron MacLaren, Peter Fisher, Connor Illsley, Jon Riera, Screenwriter: Grayson Moore

    XR Experience Spotlight

    Audience Award Winner: Emperor
    Directors: Marion Burger, Ilan J. Cohen, Producers: Oriane Hurard, Katharina Weser, Jeanne Marchalot, Screenwriters: Marion Burger, Ilan J. Cohen

    XR Special Event

    Audience Award Winner: Kiss/Crash
    Director: Adam Cole

    2024 Juries


    Narrative Feature Competition: Jake Coyle, writer and critic for The Associated Press; Robert Daniels, Associate Editor at; Joanna Robinson, podcaster and cultural critic for The Ringer

    Documentary Feature Competition: Siddhant Adlakha, critic and entertainment journalist; David Fear, Senior Editor and film critic at; Lovia Gyarkye, critic at The Hollywood Reporter

    Narrative Shorts Competition: Clementine Quittner, Co-CEO of Small Ideas production company; Kristian Mercado Figueroa, filmmaker; Chris Rosati, Vice President of Development and Production across Film & Television at Monkeypaw

    Documentary Shorts Competition: Loren Hammonds, producer and curator of Film, Television, and Immersive work; Christine Kecher, Senior Commissioning Editor for Op-Docs; Tina Nguyen, VP of Documentary Programming at HBO

    Animated Shorts Competition: Bryan Dimas, live-action Producer and advocate for DEI initiatives in the animation; Angeline Izquierdo, Shadowmachine; Ivana Kvesić, director of the Fantoche – International Animation Film Festival

    Midnight Shorts Competition: Mariama Diallo, writer-director; Alex Kim, Vice President of IP Scouting and Acquisitions at Monkeypaw; Nick Romano, Creative Executive at 18Hz

    Music Video Competition: Oualid Mouaness, director, writer, and producer; Kimberly Stuckwisch, film, commercial, theatre, and music video director and producer; Brittany Spanos, staff writer at Rolling Stone

    Texas Shorts Competition: Cat Cardenas, writer and photographer; Barak Epstein, feature film producer; Chelsea Hernandez, filmmaker.

    TV Pilot Competition: Kat Candler, filmmaker; Christine Dávila, Head of Development & Production at Ojalá; Caroline Vanstrom, Director of Development and Production at Fifth Season

    Poster Design Competition: Oliver Barrett, artist and designer; Jenny Jacobi, CEO at Mutant; Kevin Tong, artist

    XR Competition: Jimmy Cheng, XR distribution; Jacqueline Lyanga, founder and Executive Director of Global Cinematheque and the US Delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival; Landon Zakheim, Executive Director and co-founder of the Overlook Film Film Festival

    Awards Eligibility


    Having your 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, BAFTA qualification, and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

    What does this mean for you?


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

    Here is more information about Oscars eligibility.


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

    Here is more information about BAFTA eligibility.

    Film Independent Spirit Awards

    All Feature films selected for SXSW are eligible for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

    Here is more information about Film Independent Spirit Awards eligibility for feature films.

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