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SXSW Wrap and Winners: Distributors, Pay Attention to These Films

SXSW Wrap and Winners: Distributors, Pay Attention to These Films

The South by Southwest Film Festival wrapped Tuesday night in Austin, though screenings are continuing throughout the week as SXSW music gets under way. 

Jury members Kyle Buchanan, Wesley Morris and Krista Smith handed the Grand Jury narrative prize to Trey Edward Shults’ addiction drama “Krisha,” shot in nine days with members of his family in the cast. But the jury members were torn about which film to give top kudos, and thus awarded Benjamin Dickinson’s inventive sci-fi “Creative Control”—a delicious sophomore feature destined to have a life after the fest—a Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence. Distributors should be paying serious attention to this sizzling title that is among the best SXSW films of the year by miles.

Rumors abound that one of these films (Indiewire projects “Creative Control”) may end up at May’s Cannes Film Festival, whose director Thierry Fremaux was trawling the Austin lineup for potential candidates. (For its part SXSW always programs a fair swath of Sundance titles.)

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Doc jurors Tabitha Jackson, Jason Spingarn-Koff and Alison Willmore (Indiewire’s former TV critic) went for “Peace Officer,” on the militarization of American police through the eyes of a former sheriff, as well as “A Woman Like Me” and “Twinsters,” as each feature jury can give nods to as many as three films.

Major pickups of the fest so far include Netflix’s swift Duplass sweep, with road comedy “Manson Family Vacation” and blistering young romance “6 Years.” Mark Duplass, who delivered a rousing SXSW keynote (watch below, along with the keynote by Ava DuVernay) and brother Jay produced both films, with “Transparent” star Jay starring in “Manson.” More deals should trickle down as buyers’ screenings continue to pop up in Austin through the weekend.

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Noteworthy films left out of the winners’ circle — or ineligible for it — include SXSW premieres “The Automatic Hate,” a brooding incest mystery from director Justin Lerner, Sally Field starrer “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” Magnolia’s Alex Gibney doc pickup “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” as well as 2014 TIFF premiere “Love and Mercy,” Sundance docs “Best of Enemies” and “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and Ryan Gosling’s Cannes film maudit “Lost River.”

The full winners list is below. Stay tuned for more SXSW coverage on TOH this week.

Feature Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: “Krisha”
Director: Trey Edward Shults

Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence: “Creative Control”
Director: Benjamin Dickinson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: “Peace Officer”
Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: “A Woman Like Me”
Directors: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti

Special Jury Recognition for Editing: “Twinsters”
Editor: “Twinsters,” Jeff Consiglio

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: “Pink Grapefruit”
Director: Michael Mohan

Special Jury Recognition:“Share”
Director: Pippa Bianco

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner:“Boxeadora”
Director: Meg Smaker

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: “Kiss Kiss Fingerbang”
Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: “World of Tomorrow”
Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Special Jury Recognition: “teeth”
Directors: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky”
Director: Daniel Wolfe

Special Jury Recognition: 
DJ Snake featuring Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Director: DANIELS

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner:“The Samaritans”
Director: John Bryant

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Winner:“It’s A Thing”
Directors: Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: “Manson Family Vacation”
Designer: Yen Tan

Special Jury Recognition:“The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson”
Designer: Jonny Halifax

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner:“Manhattan”
Designer: Dan Gregoras for Imaginary Forces

Special Jury Recognition:
“The Fitzroy”
Designers: Chris Tozer, Marko Anstice

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW Gamechanger Award
Winner: 
Yvonne Kerékgyártó, “Free Entry”

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award

Winner: 
“Western”
Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Anna Gustavi

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