At the SXSW closing awards ceremony Tuesday night, Lena Dunham’s offbeat autobiographical drama Tiny Furniture won the narrative feature jury prize. Shot in November and edited in December, the filmmakers finished the micro-budget drama last Monday, and flew into Austin with a tape in hand. Dunham also won the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award.
The dramatic jury also awarded two special jury prizes: best ensemble, Myth of the American Sleepover, directed by David Robert Mitchell and best individual performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil, directed by Garth Donovan.
The feature doc jury winner was Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol, about Mark Hogancamp and his fantasy world. The runner-up was War Don Don, from director Rebecca Richman Cohen.
The audience awards went to Will Canon’s fraternity thriller Brotherhood and documentary filmmakers Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann’s For Once in My Life, about the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band.
Audience Awards for Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, 24 Beats Per Second, Lone Star States, and Midnighters will be announced on Monday, March 22, 2010.
Jurors considered 134 feature-length films (selected from a record 1,572 feature submissions: 1,206 U.S. and 366 foreign films) and 130 shorts (selected from 2,312 submissions). In its inaugural year, the title design competition had 18 finalists (selected from 101 submissions).
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: Cigarette Candy Director: Lauren Wolkstein
Runner Up: Teleglobal Dreamin’ Director: Eric Flanagan
Winner: Quadrangle Director: Amy Grappell
Runner Up: White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug Director: Travis Senger
Winner: The Orange Director: Nick Fox-Gieg
Runner Up: One Square Mile of Earth Director: Jeff Drew
Winner: Night Mayor Director: Guy Maddin
Runner Up: Kids Might Fly Director: Alex Taylor
Winner: Cinnamon Chasers, “Luv Deluxe” Director: Saman Keshavarz
Runner Up: Grizzly Bear, “Forest” Director: Allison Schulnik
Winner: Petting Sharks Director: Craig Elrod
Runner Up: The Big Bends Director: Jason William Marlow TIME WARNER CABLE & OVATION YOUNG FILMMAKER SCHOLARSHIP for TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORT
Winner: Give the Dog a Bone Director: Edward Kelley
Runner Up: The Sleep Project Director: Whitney Bennett & Matthew Cunningham
SXSW Film Design Awards EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: Feeder Designer: Joseph Ernst
Runner Up: Amer Designer: Gilles Vranckx
Audience Award Winner: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission Designer: Michael Anderson
Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award Winner: Lena Dunham: Tiny Furniture
Special Jury Award: Equestrian Sexual Response Designers: Martim Vian & Zeke Hawkins
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: Zombieland Designer: Ben Conrad
Runner Up: earthwork Designer: Stan Herd
Audience Award Winner: earthwork Designer: Stan Herd Special Jury Award: Enter the Void Designer: Gaspar Noé and Tom Kam
SXSW Special Awards
SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD Winner: Quadrangle
Director: Amy Grappell
SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Special Award – The Chicken & Egg Pictures “We Believe in You” Award:
Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons