SXSW Film Festival Announces 2017 Audience and Virtual Cinema Jury Award Winners

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals today announced the Audience Award winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter. Also announced were the Virtual Cinema Jury Winners. The SXSW Film Awards are presented by FilmStruck. 

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2017 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Most Beautiful Island for Narrative Feature and The Work for Documentary Feature. For the complete list of 2017 Award Winners, visit sxsw.com/film

Over the course of nine days, the 2017 SXSW Film Festival screened 130 features, consisting of 84 World Premiers, 14 North American Premieres, and 5 US Premieres, with 54 first-time filmmakers. 128 shorts screened as part of 12 curated shorts programs. The 258 films were selected from 7,651 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,432 features and 4,975 shorts. 

2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

(Caption: L-R | Matt (Michael Stahl-David) and Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz) | Credit: (C) LOTM, LLC)

(Caption: L-R | Matt (Michael Stahl-David) and Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz) | Credit: (C) LOTM, LLC)

Audience Award Winner: The Light of the Moon
Director: Jessica M. Thompson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

(Caption: Richard Turner is one of the world's greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. His amazing and inspiring story is the subject of the documentary feature "Dealt". | Credit: Roger Tam)

(Caption: Richard Turner is one of the world's greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. His amazing and inspiring story is the subject of the documentary feature "Dealt". | Credit: Roger Tam)

Audience Award Winner: Dealt
Director: Luke Korem

HEADLINERS

(Caption: (l to r) Baby (ANSEL ELGORT), Bats (JAMIE FOXX), Darling (EIZA GONZALEZ) and Buddy (JON HAMM) decide on doing the heist in TriStar Pictures' BABY DRIVER. | Credit: Wilson Webb)

(Caption: (l to r) Baby (ANSEL ELGORT), Bats (JAMIE FOXX), Darling (EIZA GONZALEZ) and Buddy (JON HAMM) decide on doing the heist in TriStar Pictures' BABY DRIVER. | Credit: Wilson Webb)

Audience Award Winner: Baby Driver
Director: Edgar Wright

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

(Caption: After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. | Credit: Dagmar Weaver-Madsen)

(Caption: After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. | Credit: Dagmar Weaver-Madsen)

Audience Award Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noël Wells

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

(Caption: Armistead Maupin at the San Francisco Chronicle | Credit: Courtesy of KQED)

(Caption: Armistead Maupin at the San Francisco Chronicle | Credit: Courtesy of KQED)

Audience Award Winner: The Untold tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

VISIONS

Audience Award Winner: Becoming Bond
Director: Josh Greenbaum

MIDNIGHTERS

(Caption: Monica (Sheila Vand) and her gang party hard. | Credit: Alfonso Bresciani)

(Caption: Monica (Sheila Vand) and her gang party hard. | Credit: Alfonso Bresciani)

Audience Award Winner: 68 Kill
Director: Trent Haaga

EPISODIC

(Caption: Logan Browning as Samantha White in Netflix's Dear White People | Credit: Courtesy of Netflix/Adam Rose)

(Caption: Logan Browning as Samantha White in Netflix's Dear White People | Credit: Courtesy of Netflix/Adam Rose)

Audience Award Winner: Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien

24 BEATS PER SECOND

(Caption: Brothers Scott Avett (left) and Seth Avett (right) in a scene from "May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers," a film by Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio | Credit: Jonathan Furmanski)

(Caption: Brothers Scott Avett (left) and Seth Avett (right) in a scene from "May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers," a film by Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio | Credit: Jonathan Furmanski)

Audience Award Winner: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio

GLOBAL

Audience Award Winner: Divine Divas
Director: Leandra Leal

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

(Caption: © 2016 While You Were Comatose, LLC. | Credit: Nicole Rivelli Copyright: © 2016 While You Were Comatose, LLC.)

(Caption: © 2016 While You Were Comatose, LLC. | Credit: Nicole Rivelli Copyright: © 2016 While You Were Comatose, LLC.)

Audience Award Winner: The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

(Caption: The setting for the novel Into The Current is unlike any book you’ve ever read: a blown-up jet frozen thousands of feet above the ocean. To bring the story to life, Chris Moberg and Jared Young built this beautiful, game-changing book trailer. | Credit: Chris R Moberg)

(Caption: The setting for the novel Into The Current is unlike any book you’ve ever read: a blown-up jet frozen thousands of feet above the ocean. To bring the story to life, Chris Moberg and Jared Young built this beautiful, game-changing book trailer. | Credit: Chris R Moberg)

Audience Award Winner: Into The Current
Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young

Virtual Cinema Grand Jury Awards

VIRTUAL REALITY: ROOM-SCALE

(Caption: A solitary cell at Maine State Prison, where Kenny Moore spent years at a stretch in solitary confinement. | Credit: David Finsterwalder, Realities.io)

(Caption: A solitary cell at Maine State Prison, where Kenny Moore spent years at a stretch in solitary confinement. | Credit: David Finsterwalder, Realities.io)

Winner: After Solitary
Directors: Cassandra Herman, Lauren Mucciolo

Special Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health:

(Caption: | Credit: Madison Girifalco)

(Caption: | Credit: Madison Girifalco)

Reinvent
Directors: Ian Forester, Sook-lei Liew, PhD

360 VIDEO

(Caption: A group of film students set out to film a bank heist video. Things take a dark turn when a member of the crew takes the film in a new direction. | Credit: Jake Billard)

(Caption: A group of film students set out to film a bank heist video. Things take a dark turn when a member of the crew takes the film in a new direction. | Credit: Jake Billard)

Winner: Behind the Scenes
Directors: Lindsay Branham, Jonathan Olinger

Special Jury Recognition for Technical Excellence:

(Caption: | Credit: Félix & Paul Studios)

(Caption: | Credit: Félix & Paul Studios)

Dreams of "O"
Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël


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