Every year, the SXSW Film Festival celebrates its midpoint by doling out a series of juried awards for both its feature film and short film sections, along with special accolades for film design (from posters to titles) and a series of special awards that honor the unique history of the festival. It's a hell of a way to commemorate the nine-day festival, and it's also a great barometer of some major indie talents emerging on the scene. Proof positive: Last year's big winner, Trey Edward Shults' ambitious and bold "Krisha," is actually hitting theaters this week thanks to indie distributor A24. Now that's an anniversary.
This year's big winners included narrative feature "The Arbalest" and documentary feature "TOWER." Other awards were doled out to "Hunter Gatherer," "Miss Stevens" and "The Seer."
Tonight's awards ceremony took place tonight at Austin, Texas' own Paramount Theatre, hosted by fan favorite and "Don't Think Twice" director Mike Birbiglia.
Scroll down for the complete list of winners.
Feature Film Jury Awards
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: "The Arbalest"
Director: Adam Pinney
Special Jury Recognition for Best Actor: "Hunter Gatherer"
Actor: Andre Royo
Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress: "Miss Stevens"
Actress: Lily Rabe
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Director: Keith Maitland
Special Jury Recognition for Portrait Documentary: "Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America"
Director: Matt Ornstein
Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: "The Seer"
Cinematographer: Lee Daniel
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: "How Was Your Day?"
Director: Damien O’Donnell
Special Jury Recognition for Acting: "Thunder Road"
Actor: Jim Cummings
Special Jury Recognition for Writing: "Greener Grass"
Writers: Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe
Winner: "These C*cksucking Tears"
Director: Dan Taberski
Special Jury Recognition: "Dollhouse"
Director: Terri Timely
Director: Simon Cartwright
Special Jury Recognition: "Don’t tell Mom"
Director: Sawako Kabuki
Directors: Alexa Lim Haas & Bernardo Britto
Special Jury Recognition: "Pombo Loves You"
Director: Steve Warne
Winner: Childish Gambino - "Sober"
Director: Hiro Murai
Winner: "The Send-Off"
Directors: Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
Special Jury Recognition For Acting : "1985"
Actress: Lindsay Pulsipher
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Winner: "Lady of Paint Creek"
Director: Alexia Salingaros
Special Jury Recognition: "The Archer Hadley Story"
Directors: Ben Root & Alex Treviño
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: "The Artful Vandal"
Special Jury Recognition: "Night Stalker"
Designer: New Media Ltd
Special Jury Recognition: "Eat My Shit"
Designer: Octavio Terol
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Director: Aimée Duchamp
SXSW Special Awards
SXSW Gamechanger Award
Winner: "My Blind Brother"
Director: Sophie Goodhart
Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Director: Keith Maitland
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Eileen Meyer
The 2016 SXSW Film Festival Juries consisted of:
Narrative Feature Competition: Lindsey Bahr, Richard Brody, Alonso Duralde
Documentary Feature Competition: David Edelstein, Jen Yamato, Stephanie Zacharek
Shorts Program: Frances Bodomo, Sarah Lash, Jason Sondhi
Documentary Shorts: Liz Cook, Kathleen Lingo, Amanda Salazar
Animated Shorts: Tom Brown, Geoff Marslett, Leah Shore
Midnight Shorts: Owen Egerton, Michael Lerman, PJ Raval
Music Videos: Toby Halbrooks, Doug Klinger, John T. Kunz
Texas Shorts: Kat Candler, Laura Kincaid, Travis Mathews
Texas High School Shorts: Marcy Garriott, Bob Ray, Bart Weiss
Louis Black “Lone Star”: John DeFore, Victor Diaz, Christy Lemire
Title Sequence Design: Henry Hobson, Dan Brown, Ron Pippin
Poster Design: Sean Carnegie, Danny Parker, Tim League
All audience awards will be announced later in the week. Stay tuned!