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
Audience Award Winner: The Light of the Moon
Director: Jessica M. Thompson
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Dealt
Director: Luke Korem
Audience Award Winner: Baby Driver
Director: Edgar Wright
Audience Award Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noël Wells
Audience Award Winner: The Untold tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
Audience Award Winner: Becoming Bond
Director: Josh Greenbaum
Audience Award Winner: 68 Kill
Director: Trent Haaga
Audience Award Winner: Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Audience Award Winner: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio
Audience Award Winner: Divine Divas
Director: Leandra Leal
Audience Award Winner: The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: Into The Current
Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young
Virtual Cinema Grand Jury Awards
VIRTUAL REALITY: ROOM-SCALE
Winner: After Solitary
Directors: Cassandra Herman, Lauren Mucciolo
Special Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health:
Directors: Ian Forester, Sook-lei Liew, PhD
Winner: Behind the Scenes
Directors: Lindsay Branham, Jonathan Olinger
Special Jury Recognition for Technical Excellence:
Dreams of "O"
Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film Competition. The Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.
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