Even though the film festival portion of South By doesn’t officially end until Friday, tonight the vibe here on the streets of Austin had already changed. The music section of the festival has started rolling, and that means everyone’s attention has shifted from watching movies to getting drunk and wandering through the streets looking for hip, indie bands or, alternatively, a nice gutter to throw up in.

So the SXSW jury, knowing that by tomorrow morning everyone will be too hung over to even remember they saw any movies, announced the winner of this year’s batch of SXSW Festival awards tonight. As usual, I managed to avoid seeing any of the winners. Well done I’d say. I did however, see a lot of really great movies, the rest of which I’ll be posting reviews and coverage of over the next few days as we wrap up our SXSW visit. See, instead of getting drunk and banging groupies, I’ll actually be working. I guess that’s what happens when you bring your wife with you.

Without further ado, here’s the winners of the 2008 SXSW Film Festival:

Jury Awards


REEL SHORTS

Special Jury Award - "The Second Line," Director: John Magary.

Winner - (Tie) "Warlord," Director: David Garrett & "Small Apartment," Director: Andrew T. Betzer

ANIMATED SHORTS

Special Jury Award - "I hate you don't touch me or Bat and Hat," Director: Becky James

Winner - "Madame Tulti-Putli," Director: Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Special Jury Award - "Upwards March," Director: Kaveh Nabatian

Winner - "Safari," Director: Catherine Chalmers

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD

Winner - "Glory at Sea," Director: Benjamin Zeitlin

MUSIC VIDEOS

Special Jury Award - (TIE) Group Sounds, 'Temporarily in Love,' Director: Randy Scott Slavin & Cornelius, 'Fit Song,' Directors: Keigo Oyamada & Koichiro Tsujikawa

Winner - TV on the Radio," 'Me-I,' Directors: Mixtape Club & Daniel Garcia

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION

Special Jury Award - "Inflections," Director: Matthew Campbell

Winner - "Picnic," Director: Wesley Bronez

ON NETWORKS GREENLIGHT AWARD

Best Original Production - "The Guild," Director: Jane Selle Morgan

Best Original Series Idea - "Knock Off," Written: Brandi-Ann Milbradt

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Special Jury Award - "Full Battle Rattle," Directors: Tony Gerber & Jesse Moss

Grand Jury Award - "They Killed Sister Dorothy," Director: Daniel Junge

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Special Jury Award for Cinematography - "Explicit Ills," Director: Mark Webber

Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast - "Up With Me," Director: Greg Takoudes

Grand Jury Award - "Wellness," Director: Jake Mahaffy

Audience Awards

EMERGING VISIONS

Winner - "In a Dream," Director: Jeremiah Zagar

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner - "They Killed Sister Dorothy," Director: Daniel Junge

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner - "Explicit Ills," Director: Mark Webber

For all of Cinema Blend's South By Southwest festival coverage click here.
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