The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival announced Audience Award-winners

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, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.
The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2013 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 for Narrative Feature, and Ben Nabors’ WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL for Documentary Feature. For the complete list of 2013 Award Winners, visit

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival hosted a total of 133 features, consisting of 78 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 9 U.S. Premieres, with 76 first-time directors. 110 shorts will screen as part of 10 overall shorts programs. The nearly 250 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,700, comprised of approximately 2,100 features and 3,600 shorts, with an overall increase of 7% over 2012.

2013 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION Winner: Short Term 12 Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION Winner: The Short Game Director: Josh Greenbaum
DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT Winner: An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story Director: Al Reinert
NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT Winner: Zero Charisma Directors: Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews
VISIONS Winner: Maidentrip Director: Jillian Schlesinger

MIDNIGHTERS Winner: Cheap Thrills Director: E.L. Katz
24 BEATS PER SECOND Winner: A Band Called Death Directors: Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett
SXGLOBAL Winner: The Punk Syndrome Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi
FESTIVAL FAVORITES Winner: The Crash Reel Director: Lucy Walker
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN Audience Award Winner: Kiss of the Damned Designer: Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN Audience Award Winner: Chasing Shakespeare Designer: Lucky Post
As today is the final day of SXSW Film, additional screenings have been scheduled as follows for all Audience Award-winners:
Audience Award: Narrative Feature Competition
Short Term 12
03/16/2013, Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 9:30 PM
Audience Award: Documentary Feature Competition
The Short Game
03/16/2013, Stateside Theatre, 6:45 PM
Audience Award: 24 Beats Per Second
A Band Called Death
03/16/2013, Vimeo Theater, 7:15 PM
Audience Award: Visions
03/16/2013, Alamo Ritz 1, 9:30 PM
Audience Award: Narrative Spotlight
Zero Charisma
03/16/2013, Stateside Theatre, 9:30 PM
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Audience Award: Documentary Spotlight
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
03/16/2013, Vimeo Theater, 9:45 PM
Audience Award: Midnighters
Cheap Thrills
03/16/2013, Alamo Ritz 1, 11:59 PM
Audience Award: SXGlobal
The Punk Syndrome
03/16/2013, Alamo Ritz 2, 10:30 PM
Audience Award: Festival Favorites
The Crash Reel
03/16/2013, Alamo Ritz 1, 7:00 PM
2013 Festival Sponsors
SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, IFC, Yahoo!, Pepsi, Brisk,, Chevrolet, American Airlines, AT&T 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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