SXSW Film Jury and Special Awards Announced

Texas filmmakers take top feature competition prizes

SXSW Film announced the winners for Jury and Special Award competitions this evening at a ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer at the Paramount Theatre. The top feature competition prizes went to Texas filmmakers: Trey Edward Shults for KRISHA, and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber for Peace Officer.

Still to come are the winners for the Audience Awards, which will be announced on Saturday, March 21.


Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: KRISHA (D: Trey Edward Shults)
Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence: Creative Control (D: Benjamin Dickinson)

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Peace Officer (D: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber)
Special Jury Recognition for Directing: A Woman Like Me (D: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti)
Special Jury Recognition for Editing: Twinsters (editor: Jeff Consiglio)

Narrative Shorts

Winner: “Pink Grapefruit” (D: Michael Mohan)
Special Jury Recognition: “Share” (D: Pippa Bianco)

Documentary Shorts

Winner: “Boxeadora” (D: Meg Smaker)

Midnight Shorts

Winner: “Kiss Kiss Fingerbang” (D: Gillian Wallace Horvat)

Animated Shorts

Winner: “World of Tomorrow” (D: Don Hertzfeldt)
Special Jury Recognition: “teeth” (D: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown)

Music Videos

Winner: Paolo Nutini, “Iron Sky” (D: Daniel Wolfe)
Special Jury Recognition: DJ Snake featuring Lil’ Jon, “Turn Down for What” (D: DANIELS)

Texas Shorts

Winner: “The Samaritans” (D: John Bryant)

Texas High School Shorts

Winner: “It’s a Thing” (D: Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas)

Excellence in Poster Design

Winner: Manson Family Vacation (Yen Tan)
Special Jury Recognition: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (Jonny Halifax)

Excellence in Title Design

Winner: Manhattan (Dan Gregoras for Imaginary Forces)
Special Jury Recognition: The Fitzroy (Chris Tozer, Marko Anstice)

SXSW Gamechanger Award

Winner: Yvonne Kerékgyártó, Free Entry

Louis Black “Lone Star Award”

Winner: Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

Presented to: Anna Gustavi

The 2015 SXSW Film Festival Juries consisted of:
Narrative Feature Competition: Kyle Buchanan, Wesley Morris, Krista Smith
Documentary Feature Competition: Tabitha Jackson, Jason Spingarn-Koff, Alison Willmore
Shorts Program: Jeffrey Bowers, Eric Allen Hatch, Lisa Ogdie
Documentary Shorts: Gina Duncan, Charlie Phillips, Sara Rüster
Animated Shorts: Bernardo Britto, Katie Krentz, Mark Shapiro
Midnight Shorts: Kristen Bell, Roxanne Benjamin, Mette-Marie Katz
Music Videos: John T. Kunz, Maria Reinup, Kelsey Wilson
Texas Shorts: Katy Daiger Dial, Chris Ohlson, Kelly Williams
Texas High School Shorts: Bob Ray, Emily Hagins, Bart Weiss
Louis Black “Lone Star”: Victor Diaz, Marcy Garriott, Joe Leydon
Title Sequence Design: Simon Clowes, Karin Fong, Ben Radatz
Poster Design: Sean Carnegie, Tim League, Kevin Tong

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