The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed its award winners Tuesday night at the Vimeo Theater in Austin, Texas. Audiences sampled 132 features and 138 shorts this year, selected from more than 5,300 submissions.
Juries chose awards for the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition categories, as well as Shorts and Film Design, “Lone Star,” Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director and Wholphin. Films in these categories, as well as all feature categories were also eligible for Audience Awards, but so far the fest has only announced those for Narrative and Documentary Feature. The rest will be announced on Saturday, March 17, with the Headliner Audience Award to follow on Monday, March 19.
Adam Leon's Bronx tale "Gimme the Loot" about two teenage graffiti artists won the grand jury prize for narrative feature.
Jay Bulger's "Beware of Mr. Baker," a profile of Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker won the top documentary prize. Special jury awards for performance went to Jamie Chung in "Eden," 85-year-old Besedka Johnson in "Starlet" and Nico Stone in "Booster."
Feature Film Audience Awards
Winner: "Bay of All Saints"
Director: Annie Eastman
Director: Megan Griffiths
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: "The Chair"
Director: Grainger David
Director: Seth Keal
Winner: "Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared"
Directors: Rebecca Sloan & Joseph Pelling
Winner: "The Perfect FitDirector: Tali Yankelevich"
Winner: "(notes on) biology"
Director: Danny Madden
Winner: Battles, "My Machines"
Director: Annie Silverstein
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Director: Daniel Matyas and Brian Broder
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: "Man & Gun"
Designer: Justin Cox
Special Jury Recognition: "Pitch Black Heist"
Designer: Andrew Cranston
Audience Award Winner: "The Maker"
Designer: Christopher Kezelos
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: "Les Bleus de Ramville"
Designer: Jay Bond, Oily Film Company Inc.
Special Jury Recognition: "X-Men: First Class"
Designer: Simon Clowes, Prologue Films
Audience Award Winner: "Bunraku"
Designer: Guilherme Marcondes, Hornet Inc.
SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner: "The Black Balloon"
Director: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winners: Megan Griffiths for "Eden" and Amy Seimetz for "Sun Don’t Shine"
LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD
Director: Richard Linklater
Special Jury Recognition: "Trash Dance"
Director: Andrew Garrison
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
Presented to: Lindsay Utz
The 2012 SXSW Film Festival Juries:
Narrative Feature Competition: Lisa Hintelmann, J. Hoberman, Jane Schoettle
Documentary Feature Competition: David Courier, Philipp Engelhorn, Catherine Shoard
Narrative Shorts: Susan Arosteguy, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Thuy Tran
Documentary Shorts: Anna Higgs, Gerald Peary, Basil Tsiokos
SXGlobal Shorts: Margaret Brown, Chale Nafus, Linda O. Olszewski
Animated Shorts: Brad Graeber, Brad Phillips, Bryan Pudder
Midnight Shorts: Nate Bolotin, Tim League, Ti West
Music Videos: Jim Eno, John T. Kunz, Mark Woollen
Texas Shorts: Karim Ahmad, Jennifer Cochis, Anderson Le
Texas High School Shorts: Marcy Garriott, Emily Hagins, Bart Weiss
Title Sequence Design: Ian Albinson, Jenny Lee, Ben Radatz, Gareth Smith, Kurt Volk
Poster Design: Craig Crutchfield, Tim League, James Leal-Valias, Charlie Loft, Danny Parker
Louis Black “Lone Star”: Elizabeth Avellán, Christy Lemire, Ron Mann