SXSW Film Festival Announces 2015 Jury And Special Awards!

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Finally, after months of preparation, the ultimate winners of South by Southwest were finally announced this week. The Jury and Special Award-winners of the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony at the historic Paramount Theatre.

The awards were hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, who is also in Trainwreck, which had its work-in-progress debut at SXSW on Sunday, March 15. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition categories. Films in these categories, as well as all feature categories (with the exception of Special Events), and the Poster and Title Design Com-petition entrants, are also eligible for 2015 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. All Audience Awards will be announced separately on Saturday, March 21.

SXSW also announced the Jury Award-winners in Shorts Filmmaking and winners of the SXSW Film Design Awards, as well as Special Awards, including the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award and the SXSW Gamechanger Award.

The 2015 SXSW Film Festival Awards:

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
Directors: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: Pink Grapefruit
Director: Michael Mohan

Special Jury Recognition: Share
Director: Pippa Bianco

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: Boxeadora
Director: Meg Smaker

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: Kiss Kiss Fingerbang
Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat

ANIMATED SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: World of Tomorrow
Director: Don Hertzfeldt

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

MUSIC VIDEOS
Jury Award Winner: Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky”
Director: Daniel Wolfe

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

TEXAS SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: The Samaritans
Director: John Bryant

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Jury Award Winner: It’s A Thing
Directors: Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Jury Award Winner: Manson Family Vacation
Designer: Yen Tan

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

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Jury Award 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

 

Congratulations to all winners! The audience’s picks will be announced on Saturday, March 21 at the Audience Awards.

 

For a full list of the winners, head to SXSW’s website!