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SXSW '10 Winners: "Tiny Furniture" & "Marwencol" Tops

Indiewire By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire March 17, 2010 at 2:43AM

As the film conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival came to a climaxed today in Austin, TX, organizers announced the winners of 2010 festival tonight. Organizers unveiled the full list of winners tonight, even as the award ceremony continued in an Austin theater.
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As the film conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival came to a climaxed today in Austin, TX, organizers announced the winners of 2010 festival tonight. Organizers unveiled the full list of winners tonight, even as the award ceremony continued in an Austin theater.

Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" won the narrative jury prize and Jeff Malmberg's "Marwencol" was awarded the documentary jury trophy at the ceremony in the Austin Convention Center.

Dunham, a twenty-something woman who debuted her first feature this week in Austin, was clearly thrilled to win the award. "This is a movie about a girl with a pot belly, whining," Dunham said, "So I am amazed and happy that the jury took to it."

"And I want to say this is amazing to win just one week after Kathryn Bigelow winning the Oscar," she continued, "Which was a big fucking deal for me. So thank you."

"Tiny Furniture" is the story of 22-year-old Aura, who returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on.

"Marwencol" follows Mark Hogancamp, who seeks recovery following a vicious bar brawl in his made-up community, “Marwencol,” a 1/6th-scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Jurors for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival included an array of film industry insiders, critics and filmmakers. In the Narrative Feature Competition, jurors were Peter Debruge, Karen Durbin, and Joshua Leonard while in the Documentary Feature Competition, the jurors were Nelson George, Karina Longworth and Thom Powers. Narrative Shorts jurors included Amy Dotson, Christian Gaines, and Todd Luoto, while Documentary Shorts jurors were Don R. Lewis, Ron Mann, and Finlay Pretsell. Experimental Shorts jurors included Spencer Parsons, Esther Robinson, and Kelly Sears, while Animated Shorts jurors were Emily Hubley, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, and Nathan Zellner. Music Videos jurors were Margaret Brown, Philip Harder, and James Kochalka, while Texas Shorts jurors included Christopher Holland, Chris Mass, Anne Walker-McBay. Texas High School Shorts jurors were Marcy Garriott, Delicia Harvey, and Bart Weiss, while Title Design jurors were Ian Albinson, Alexander Ulloa, Susan Bradley, Karin Fong, Ron Pippin, and Remko Vlaanderen.

The festival's Audience Awards for Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, 24 Beats Per Second, Lone Star States, and Midnighters will be announced on Monday.

Award winners are being update as they are announced in Austin, TX.

The 2010 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Winner: Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg

Runner-up: War Don Don
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Winner: Tiny Furniture
Director: Lena Dunham

Special Jury Award – Best Ensemble: Myth of the American Sleepover
Director: David Robert Mitchell

Special Jury Award – Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil
Director: Garth Donovan

"Marwencol" director Jeff Malmberg accepting his documentary feature prize at SXSW Tuesday night. Photo by Brian Brooks.

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Winner: For Once in My Life
Director: Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Winner: Brotherhood
Director: Will Canon


Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Winner: Cigarette Candy
Director: Lauren Wolkstein

Runner Up: Teleglobal Dreamin'
Director: Eric Flanagan

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: Quadrangle
Director: Amy Grappell

Runner Up: White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug
Director: Travis Senger

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: The Orange
Director: Nick Fox-Gieg

Runner Up: One Square Mile of Earth
Director: Jeff Drew

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS
Winner: Night Mayor
Director: Guy Maddin

Runner Up: Kids Might Fly
Director: Alex Taylor

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Cinnamon Chasers, "Luv Deluxe"
Director: Saman Keshavarz

Runner Up: Grizzly Bear, "Forest"
Director: Allison Schulnik

TEXAS SHORTS
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

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
Winner: Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture

Special Award - The Chicken & Egg Pictures "We Believe in You" Award:
Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons