The 2019 SXSW Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners

The SXSW Conference and Festivals announced the Audience Award winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic Premieres, Global, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.

Newly announced Audience Awards for Headliners and 24 Beats Per Second categories go to Long Shot and Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub.

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2019 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Alice for Narrative Feature and For Sama for Documentary Feature.

Congrats to all the winners!

2019 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: Saint Frances
Director: Alex Thompson

Documentary Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: For Sama
Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts


Audience Award Winner: Long Shot
Director: Jonathan Levine

Narrative Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: The Peanut Butter Falcon
Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

Documentary Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: Running With Beto
Director: David Modigliani


Audience Award Winner: The Garden Left Behind
Director: Flavio Alves


Audience Award Winner: Boyz In The Wood
Director: Ninian Doff

Episodic Premiere

Audience Award Winner: Ramy
Show Runner: Bridget Bedard

24 Beats Per Second

Audience Award Winner: Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub
Director: Jeff Sandmann


Audience Award Winner: Cachada: The Opportunity
Director: Marlén Viñayo

Festival Favorites:

Audience Award Winner: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
Director: Janice Engel

SXSW Film Design Awards:

Excellence in Title Design

Audience Award Winner: Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse
Directors: Brian Mah, James Ramirez

Virtual Cinema Jury Award Winners

The 25 projects in the Virtual Cinema, which ran Monday March 11 through Wednesday March 13, were eligible for 360° Video: Documentary,, 360° Video: Narrative, Interactive, Storytelling, Best Use of Immersive Arts, plus special jury awards.. The 2019 Virtual Cinema jury was composed of Eliza McNitt, Laura Mingail, and Lori​ Schwartz.

360° Video: Documentary – Send Me Home
Director: Cassandra Evanisko

360° Video: Narrative - Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega
Director: Maria Belen Poncio

Interactive - Runnin’
Director: Kiira Benzing

Storytelling - Gloomy Eyes
Director: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado

Best Use of Immersive Arts - Home After War
Director: Gayatri Parameswaran

Special Jury Recognition: The Future of Experience – Traverse
Director: Jessica Brillhart

Saint Frances - Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice Award - Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

World Premiere of Long Shot - Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

By Neha Aziz