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SXSW Film Festival Announces Audience Awards

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March 16, 2013


Today is the final day of the 2013 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival and it comes to a close with the announcement of the audience awards for the 20th annual Austin film fest.

Earlier this week, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 won the Jury Award for Narrative Feature and it followed that up by also taking the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature category. The movie stars Brie Larson as the supervisor at a foster care home for teenagers who bonds with a new girl at the facility that helps her get over her own troubled past.

E.L. Katz's gory thriller Cheap Thrills, one of the few movies that received distribution out of the festival, picked up early by Drafthouse Films, won the Audience Award in the Midnighters section. Music docs A Band Called Death and The Punk Syndrome also received audience awards in the "24 Beats Per Second" and "SXGlobal" categories.

You can read the full press release and list of audience award winners below. If you happen to be in Austin, most of the winners will have additional screenings today.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced Audience Award-winners today from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2013 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 for Narrative Feature, and Ben Nabors’ WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL for Documentary Feature. For the complete list of 2013 Award Winners, visit sxsw.com/film.

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival hosted 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.

2013 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: Short Term 12
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: The Short Game
Director: Josh Greenbaum

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Winner: An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Director: Al Reinert

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
Winner: Zero Charisma
Directors: Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews

VISIONS
Winner: Maidentrip
Director: Jillian Schlesinger

MIDNIGHTERS
Winner: Cheap Thrills
Director: E.L. Katz

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Winner: A Band Called Death
Directors: Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett

SXGLOBAL
Winner: The Punk Syndrome
Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Winner: The Crash Reel
Director: Lucy Walker

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: Kiss of the Damned
Designer: Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: Chasing Shakespeare
Designer: Lucky Post


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