SXSW Announces Audience Award Winners

Patton Oswalt's I Move My Dad takes top honors again

I Love My Dad

Time for Patton Oswalt and James Morisoni to clear even more space on the trophy shelf. Their based-on-uncomfortable-true-life comedy I Love My Dad has added the South by Southwest Film Festival 2022 Audience Award for Narrative Feature Competition title, after already taking the grand jury prize.

It's a rare double win, but not the only time this year that SXSW attendees (who voted on all eligible titles in all categories) agreed with the jurors. In the documentary competition, Bad Axe - the story of a family of Cambodian migrants whose life in rural Michigan is thrown into turmoil by Covid and rising racism - took the audience award after receiving the Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling.

Here's the complete list of audience award winners, and you can find the jury award winners here.


Bad Axe

Narrative Feature Competition presented by Panavision

Audience Award Winner: I Love My Dad
Director/Screenwriter: James Morosini, Producers: Bill Stertz, Patton Oswalt, Sean O'Grady, Dane Eckerle, Phil Keefe, Daniel Brandt, Sam Slater
Read our interview with director James Morosini, "And You Thought Your Love Life was Tough," and don't miss our review.

Documentary Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: Bad Axe
Director: David Siev, Producers: Jude Harris, Diane Quon, Katarina Vasquez, David Siev
Read our interview with director David Siev, "Defending a Community Where Some Reject You in Bad Axe," and read our review here.

Narrative Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: Pretty Problems
Director: Kestrin Pantera, Screenwriters: Michael Tennant, Britt Rentschler, Charlotte Ubben, Producers: Katya Alexander, Britt Rentschler, Charlotte Ubben, Michael Tennant
Read our review here.

Documentary Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: We Are Not Ghouls
Director: Chris James Thompson, Producers: Jessica Farrell, Jack Turner, Andrew Swant


Audience Award Winner: Atlanta
Director: Hiro Murai, Producers: Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Hiro Murai, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle
Read our review here.


Audience Award Winner: Shadow
Director: Bruce Gladwin, Screenwriters: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben, Producers: Alice Fleming, Meret Hassenen


Audience Award Winner: Bitch Ass
Director: Bill Posley, Screenwriters/Producers: Bill Posley, Jonathan Colomb
Read our review here

Global presented by Mubi

Audience Award Winner: Without Prescription
Director: Juliana Maite, Screenwriter: Marietere Vélez, Producer: Vilma Liella

24 Beats Per Second

Audience Award Winner: The Return of Tanya Tucker - Featuring Brandi Carlile
Director: Kathlyn Horan, Producers: Kathlyn Horan, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Read our review here.

Festival Favorites

Audience Award Winner: The Art of Making It
Director: Kelcey Edwards, Producer: Debi Wisch


Act of God

Narrative Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Aspirational Slut"
Director/Screenwriter: Caroline Lindy, Producers: Kate Hamilton, Ellyn Jameson, Maddy Nimoy, Emily Wolfe

Documentary Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "The Sentence of Michael Thompson"
Directors: Kyle Thrash, Haley Elizabeth Anderson, Producers: W. Ian Ross, Kyle Thrash

Animated Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Five Cents"
Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Aaron Hughes

Midnight Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Tank Fairy"
Director/Screenwriter: Erich Rettstadt, Producers: Anita Tung, C.K. Hugo Chung

Texas Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Act of God"
Directors/Screenwriters: Spencer Cook, Parker Smith, Producer: Matthew Harrington
Read our interview with filmmakers Spencer Cook and Parker Smith.

Texas High School Shorts Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Football."
Director: William Herff, Screenwriters/Producers: William Herff, Nicholas Campos, Peyton Randolph

Music Video Competition

Audience Award Winner: Desirée Dawson - 'Meet You At The Light'
Director/Screenwriter: Alexander Farah


61st Street

Episodic Premieres

Audience Award Winner: 61st Street
Showrunners: Peter Moffat, J. David Shanks, Director: Marta Cunningham, Screenwriter: Peter Moffat, Producers: Annie Rhodes, Frank Baldwin, Allison Davis

Episodic Pilot Competition

Audience Award Winner: Brownsville Bred
Showrunner/Director/Screenwriter: Elaine Del Valle, Producers: Adrienne Lovette, Elaine Del Valle, Leslie Cohen, Debbie Esko-Gold, Eddie Frente


The Choice

XR Experience Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Gumball Dreams"
Director: Deirdre V. Lyons, Screenwriters: Deirdre V. Lyons, Christopher Lane Davis, Producers: Ferryman Collective, Screaming Color

XR Experience Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: "The Choice"
Director: Joanne Popinska, Producers: Joanne Popinska, Tom C. Hall
Read our interview with filmmaker Joanne Popinska, "Making the Choice."


Excellence in Title Design

Audience Award Winner (tie): Blade Runner: Black Lotus Title Sequence
Company: CO3/Method Made / Creative Director: John Likens

Audience Award Winner (tie): See Season 2 Title Sequence
Company: CO3/Method Made / Creative Director: John Likens

Audience Award Winner (tie): WandaVision Main On End Title Sequence
Company: Perception / Creative Director: John LePore

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