Short Term 12, William And The Windmill Take Top SXSW Awards

By Sean O'Connell 2013-03-13 06:49:48discussion comments
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Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, an ensemble drama about a 20-something caretaker (Brie Larson) at a foster care facility, took home the Narrative Feature award at the South By Southwest Film Festival on Tuesday evening. In the Documentary category, Ben Nabors’ winning William and the Windmill took home the top prize for its insightful portrayal of an unusual student’s global triumphs.

The awards were handed out Tuesday evening at the Paramount Theater. Janet Pierson, Film Conference and Festival Producer, said in a release, “We know the juries had a tough job, but are grateful for their commitment to the task. We're thrilled with the quality of the work recognized.”

Also in the Narrative competition, the film Burma received a Special Jury Recognition for the power of its ensemble. The movie, directed by Carlos Puga, details an estranged father showing up on his child’s doorstep on the eve of an important family reunion. Audience Award winners will be announced once the film program at SXSW concludes on Saturday, March 16. For now, though, here are the 2013 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL
Director: Ben Nabors

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Touba
Director of Photography: Scott Duncan

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: We Always Lie To Strangers
Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Short Term 12
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast: Burma
Christopher Abbott
Gaby Hoffmann
Christopher McCann
Dan Bittner
Emily Fleischer
Jacinta Puga
Matt McCarthy
Kelly Aucoin

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Tishuan Scott, The Retrieval

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Winner: Ellen is Leaving
Director: Michelle Savill

Honorable Mention: Sequin Raze
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Honorable Mention: SKIN
Director: Jordana Spiro

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: SLOMO
Director: Josh Izenberg

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: The Apocalypse
Directors: Andrew Zuchero

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: Oh Willy…
Director: Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Vitalic, "Stamina"
Director: Saman Keshavarz

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Winner: The Benfactress
Director: Alina Vega

SXSW Film Design Awards

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

Special Jury Recognition: We Always Lie To Strangers
Designer: Erik Buckham, PALACEWORKS

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: Joven & Alocada
Designer: Pablo González, Fabula

Special Jury Recognition: Crave
Designer: Raleigh Stewart, Iron Helmet

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Hannah Fidell, A Teacher

Special Mention: Katie Graham. Zero Charisma

LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD
Winner: Loves Her Gun
Director: Geoff Marslett
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
Presented to: Jim Hession


For more of our SXSW 2013 coverage, click HERE.
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