Most Beautiful Island
Most Beautiful Island

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the 2017 Jury and Special Award winners of the SXSW Film Awards.

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 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, plus new categories with the SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award alongside the SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award – Narrative and SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary.

2017 SXSW Film Festival Awards

Feature Film Grand Jury Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: Most Beautiful Island
Director: Ana Asensio

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance: The Strange Ones
Actor: James Freedson-Jackson

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Cast: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, Jennymarie Jemison

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: The Work
Directors: Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Observational Cinema: Maineland
Director: Miao Wang

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling: I Am Another You
Director: Nanfu Wang

Short Film Grand Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Winner: Forever Now
Director: Kristian Håskjold

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: DeKalb Elementary
Actor: Tarra Riggs

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: Little Potato
Director: Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: The Suplex Duplex Complex
Director: Todd Rohal

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: Wednesday with Goddard
Directors: Nicolas Menard

Special Jury Recognition: Pussy
Director: Renata Gasiorowska

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Leon Bridges – ‘RIVER’
Director: Miles Jay

Special Jury Recognition: Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’
Director: CANADA

TEXAS SHORTS
Winner: The Rabbit Hunt
Director: Patrick Bresnan

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Winner: Better Late Than Never
Director: Atheena Frizzell

Special Jury Recognition: Darcy’s Quinceañera
Director: Sam Cooper

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: Fry Day
Designer: Caspar Newbolt

Special Jury Recognition: Like Me
Designer: Jeremy Enecio

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: Into The Current
Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award – Narrative
Winner: INFLAME
Director: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik

SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary
Winner: I Am Another You
Director: Nanfu Wang

SXSW Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
To honor SXSW co-founder/director Louis Black, a jury prize was created in 2011 called the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award, to be awarded to a Texas film in content, filmmaker residency, or primary shooting location. (Opt-in Award)

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noël Wells

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
In honor of a filmmaker whose work strives to be wholly its own, without regard for norms or desire to conform. The Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award is presented to a filmmaker from our Visions screening category.

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
Presented to: Assholes directed by Peter Vack

SXSW Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Presentation
The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. Awarded annually, the fellowship was created to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer.

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Leigh Johnson

The SXSW Film Awards are presented by FilmStruck. FilmStruck is a new streaming service for serious film fans, offering a comprehensive library including indie, contemporary and classic art house, foreign and cult films. It is the exclusive streaming home of The Criterion Collection.

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