SXSW FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

 

Austin, Texas – March 15, 2014 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced Audience Award-winners today from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. The 24 Beats Per Second category will be announced via sxsw.com on Monday, March 17 due to first screenings still remaining for later today. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.

 

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2014 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers’ Fort Tilden for Narrative Feature, and Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible for Documentary Feature. For the complete list of 2014 Award Winners, visit sxsw.com/film.

 

Over the course of nine days, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 133 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 8 U.S. Premieres, with 70 first-time directors. 113 shorts will screen as part of 11 overall shorts programs. The 246 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, nearly 6,500, comprised of approximately 2,200 features and 4,300 shorts, with an overall increase of 14% over 2013.

 

2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear

Director: Shawn Christensen

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Audience Award Winner: Vessel

Director: Diana Whitten

 

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Audience Award Winner: DamNation

Director: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel

 

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Audience Award Winner: CESAR CHAVEZ

Directors: Diego Luna

 

VISIONS

Audience Award Winner: Yakona

Director: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins

 

MIDNIGHTERS

Audience Award Winner: Exists

Director: Eduardo Sánchez

 

EPISODIC

Audience Award Winner: Silicon Valley

Director: Mike Judge

 

SXGLOBAL

Audience Award Winner: The Special Need

Directors: Carlo Zoratti

 

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

Audience Award Winner: The Case Against 8

Director: Ben Cotner & Ryan White

 

 

SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Audience Award Winner: Big Significant Things

Designer: Corey Holmes

 

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Audience Award Winner:  True Detective

Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic

 

As today is the final day of SXSW Film, additional screenings have been scheduled for this evening for all Audience Award-winners:

 

Audience Award: Narrative Feature Competition

Before I Disappear

03/15/2014, Stateside Theatre, 6:30 PM

 

Audience Award: Documentary Feature Competition

Vessel

03/15/2014, Stateside Theatre, 9:15 PM

 

Audience Award: Narrative Spotlight

CESAR CHAVEZ

03/15/2014, Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 9:30 PM

 

Audience Award: Documentary Spotlight

DamNation

03/15/2014, Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 7:00 PM

 

Audience Award: Visions

Yakona

03/15/2014, Alamo Ritz 1 & 2, 9:30 PM

 

Audience Award: Midnighters

Exists

03/15/2014, Alamo Ritz 1 & 2, Midnight

 

Audience Award: Episodic

Silicon Valley

03/15/2014, Vimeo Theater, 7:00 PM

 

Audience Award: SXGlobal

The Special Need

03/15/2014, Alamo Ritz 2, 7:00 PM

 

Audience Award: Festival Favorites

The Case Against 8

03/15/2014, Vimeo Theater, 9:30 PM

 

 

SXSW 2014 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T, IFC, Subway and The Austin Chronicle.

 

About SXSW Film

Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, share and inspire the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow.  SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.

 

A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.

 

 

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Contact:         Rebecca Feferman

Head of Media Relations

filmpress@sxsw.com

512-467-7979 x 236

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