SXSW 2013 Awards: 'Short Term 12' Wins Both Grand Jury & Audience

March 18, 2013
Source: SXSW

Short Term 12 - SXSW Film

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas has wrapped up this weekend. Winners for the audience awards at the festival were unveiled, along with the jury prizes given out last week. The big winner - a film called Short Term 12, directed by Destin Cretton, whose feature debut was I Am Not a Hipster, one of my favorite films of last year. Short Term 12 took home the Grand Jury prize for Narrative Feature, and went on to win the Audience Award as well, a similar double win just like with Fruitvale at Sundance earlier this year. As for docs, Josh Greenbaum's The Short Game took home the audience award. Full lists below.


Narrative Feature Competition:
Grand Jury Winner - Short Term 12, Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast - Burma, Featuring: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin
Special Jury Recognition for Acting - Tishuan Scott in The Retrieval

Documentary Feature Competition:
Grand Jury Winner - William and the Windmill, Directed by Ben Nabors
Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography - Touba - Director of Photography: Scott Duncan
Special Jury Recognition for Directing - We Always Lie To Strangers, Directed by AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Excellence in Poster Design:
Winner - Kiss of the Damned, Designed by Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc
Special Jury Recognition - We Always Lie To Strangers, Designed by Erik Buckham, Palaceworks

Excellence in Title Design:
Winner - Joven & Alocada, Designed by Pablo González, Fabula
Special Jury Recognition - Crave, Designed by Raleigh Stewart, Iron Helmet

SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award:
Winner - Hannah Fidell, Director of A Teacher
Special Mention - Katie Graham, Director of Zero Charisma

Louis Black "Lone Star" Award:
Loves Her Gun, Directed by Geoff Marslett


Narrative Feature Competition:
Short Term 12, Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Documentary Feature Competition:
The Short Game, Directed by Josh Greenbaum

Narrative Spotlight:
Zero Charisma, Directed by Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews

Documentary Spotlight:
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, Directed by Al Reinert

Kiss of the Damned PosterVisions:
Maidentrip, Directed by Jillian Schlesinger

Cheap Thrills, Directed by E.L. Katz

24 Beats Per Second:
A Band Called Death, Directed by Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett

The Punk Syndrome, Directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi

Festival Favorites:
The Crash Reel, Directed by Lucy Walker

Excellence in Poster Design:
Kiss of the Damned, Designed by Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc

Excellence in Title Design:
Chasing Shakespeare, Designed by Lucky Post

For more info on the Austin-based festival or this year's winners, visit We've included that image of that double-award-winning Kiss of the Damned poster design above, for reference (via SXSW), since it's something that needs to be seen to be appreciated as both the audience award and jury winner. 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. One of our good friends Eric Lavalle of the site IONCinema was on the narrative comp jury this year, and helped picked Short Term 12 to win. The teaser image is also from the film, starring Brie Larson as a supervisor at a foster care facility.

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