The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals today announced the 2019 Audience Award winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic Premieres, Global, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. Also announced were the 2019 Virtual Cinema Jury Award Winners.
2019 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Saint Frances
Director: Alex Thompson
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: For Sama
Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Audience Award Winner: The Peanut Butter Falcon
Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Audience Award Winner: Running With Beto
Director: David Modigliano
Audience Award Winner: The Garden Left Behind
Director: Flavio Alves
Audience Award Winner: Boyz In The Wood
Director: Ninian Doff
Audience Award Winner: Ramy
Showrunner: Bridget Bedard
Audience Award Winner: Cachada: The Opportunity
Director: Marlén Viñayo
Audience Award Winner: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins Director: Janice Engel
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse
Directors: Brian Mah, James Ramirez
VIRTUAL CINEMA JURY AWARD WINNERS
360° VIDEO: DOCUMENTARY – Send Me Home
Director: Cassandra Evanisko
Send Me Home is equally an unforgettable journey through the impact of Rickey Jackson’s wrongful incarceration, as it is an exceptionally inspiring experience.
360° VIDEO: NARRATIVE – Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega
Director: Maria Belen Poncio
This story transported us on a journey through laughter and tears. Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega is a touching story about being human. This experience exemplified the use of Virtual Reality in a way that transcended the medium and defined what 360° video is meant to capture. The boundaries of the headset slipped away as we were truly immersed in Juana’s heartwarming and captivating world.
INTERACTIVE – Runnin’
Director: Kiira Benzing
This unity-based project driven by a Reggie Watts soundtrack is a euphoric dance experience that will take the user on a fun and playful journey of music and movement. With the ability to interact, physically, with music in a record store to transporting yourself across a geometric landscape with volumetric dancers is interactive joy at it’s best. The improvisational nature of ’transporting’ with controllers to go anywhere drives the excitement of this experience as well as the artistic rendering of Intel’s ‘voxel’ format.
STORYTELLING – Gloomy Eyes
Director: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado
In this experience we stepped off planet Earth and entered the realms of a world steeped in imagination and heart. Gloomy Eyes charmed us with its delightful characters and original story. This magical world pushed the boundaries of Virtual Reality storytelling in its ability to transport our hearts to a world beyond our own. With two more episodes on the horizon, it left us wanting to see more.
BEST USE OF IMMERSIVE ARTS – Home After War
Director: Gayatri Parameswaran
By combining room scale VR with 360° videos, this ‘4d’ piece, which is focused on the devastating impact of improvised explosive devices in Iraq, allows us to truly ‘live’ the devastation left upon families as they choose to go back home to a booby trapped house. By immersing the viewer in the environment, narrated and guided by a mourning parent who is physically there, talking to us, we become part of the story and are truly impacted by the devastation of war.
SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION – The Future of Experience
Director: Jessica Brillhart
We chose to offer special recognition to Traverse for its breakthrough ability to augment any space into a live music experience, allowing fans to physically explore and be immersed in the composition of songs, igniting even greater appreciation for each track.