Jury and Audience Award winners were handed out Tuesday evening in Austin as the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival heads into its final stretch. For the first time this year, winners were announced in every category available at the festival, giving jurors a chance to choose from the 132 films that screened over the course of the fest.
Jay Bulgerís Beware of Mr. Baker took home the Grand Jury prize in the Documentary Featrure category, while Adam Leonís Gimme the Loot won in the Narrative competition. Special Jury Recognition for Performance went to Jamie Chung (Eden), Besedka Johnson (Starlet), and Nico Stone (Booster).
Audience Awards, meanwhile, went to Annie Eastmanís Bay of All Saints in the documentary category and Megan Griffithsí Eden on the Narrative Feature category.
ďItís been amazing this year to hear over and over again about the high range of quality across the board,Ē said Janet Pierson, Film Conference and Festival Producer. ďI know Iím always going on about the great variety of our program, but this year it seems to have been embraced in even wider measure and itís very exciting.Ē
A full list of announced winners follows:
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: The Chair
Director: Grainger David