Eva Longoria's Flamin' Hot Heads up SXSW Audience Award Winners

Snacks and sports win big this year with the crowds

Flamin' Hot, winner of this year's SXSW Audience Award for Narrative Feature (Photo by Searchlight)

If there's one thing we know about SXSW, it's that it's not really over until the audience has its say. Now it has, at least when it comes to film, with Eva Longoria's Flamin' Hot leading the list of audience award winners from this year's Film & TV Festival.

Following on from last week's grand jury awards, audiences picked the story of the invention of the Flamin' Hot Cheeto and the man behind that story, Richard Montañez, as their favorite headliner.

That wasn't the only narrative win for a film taken from real life about Mexican American underdogs coming out on top. Austin filmmaker Julio Quintana took home the title in the narrative spotlight section for The Long Game, drawn from the history of the Del Rio San Felipe High School Mustangs and how they revolutionized the racist world of golf in the 1950s.

Plus, Texas sports stories kept up their winning streak with The Herricanes, Olivia Kuan's Houston-based retelling of the first women's full tackle football league, taking the gold in the Documentary Spotlight section

Congratulations to all the winners. Now, here's the full list:


HEADLINERS
Flamin’ Hot
D: Eva Longoria

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION presented by Panavision
Mustache
D: Imran J. Khan

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION presented by ACE91
Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life
D: Dan Covert

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
The Long Game
D: Julio Quintana

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
The Herricanes
D: Olivia Kuan

VISIONS
Tobacco Barns
D: Rocío Mesa

MIDNIGHTERS
It Lives Inside
D: Bishal Dutta

GLOBAL presented by MUBI
Ek Jagah Apni
D: Ektara Collective

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Louder Than You Think
D: Jed I. Rosenberg

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
No Ordinary Campaign
D: Christopher Burke


SHORTS FILM PROGRAM PRESENTED BY IMDbPro

Narrative Shorts
"Closing Dynasty"
D: Lloyd Lee Choi

Documentary Shorts
"Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó" ("Grandma & Grandma")
D: Sean Wang

Animated Shorts
"Sandwich Cat:
D: David Fidalgo

Midnight Shorts
"Dead Enders"
D: Fidel Ruiz-Healy, Tyler Walker

Texas Shorts

"Breaking Silence"
D: Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein

Music Video Competition
Drew Ashby – "HER"
D: Chris Scholar, Bevin Brown


TV PROGRAM

TV Premieres
The Luckiest Guy in the World
D: Steve James

TV Spotlight
Blindspotting Season 2 Premiere
Showrunner: Rafael Casal
D: Rafael Casel, Jess Wu Calder,

Independent TV Pilot
Notarize Me
D: Erika Rankin


XR EXPERIENCE

XR Experience Competition
"JFK Memento"
D: : Chloé Rochereuil

XR Experience Spotlight
M"LK: Now is the Time"
D: Limbert Fabian

XR Experience Special Events

"Neo-Wulin: The Era of Black Ark"
D: Screenwriter: Guanyu

"Ristband"
D: Anne McKinnon, Roman Rappak

"Soundwaves: A Metaverse Music Concert"
D: YOOM, Active Theory


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