sxsw-2015-logoAustin, Texas – March 17, 2015 – The Jury and Special Award-winners of the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony at the historic Paramount Theatre. The awards were hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, who is also in Trainwreck, which had its work-in-progress debut at SXSW on Sunday, March 15. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Fea- ture and Documentary Feature Competition categories. Films in these categories, as well as all feature categories (with the exception of Special Events), and the Poster and Title Design Com- petition entrants, are also eligible for 2015 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. All Audience Awards will be announced separately on Saturday, March 21.  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 the SXSW Gamechanger Award SXSW continues showing films through Saturday, March 21, details can be found at

The 2015 SXSW Film Festival Juries consisted of:

Narrative Feature Competition: Kyle Buchanan, Wesley Morris, Krista Smith

Documentary Feature Competition: Tabitha Jackson, Jason Spingarn-Koff, Alison Willmore

Shorts Program: Jeffrey Bowers, Eric Allen Hatch, Lisa Ogdie Documentary Shorts: Gina Duncan, Charlie Phillips, Sara Rüster Animated Shorts: Bernardo Britto, Katie Krentz, Mark Shapiro Midnight Shorts: Kristen Bell, Roxanne Benjamin, Mette-Marie Katz Music Videos: John T. Kunz, Maria Reinup, Kelsey Wilson

Texas Shorts: Katy Daiger Dial, Chris Ohlson, Kelly Williams Texas High School Shorts: Bob Ray, Emily Hagins, Bart Weiss Louis Black “Lone Star”: Victor Diaz, Marcy Garriott, Joe Leydon Title Sequence Design: Simon Clowes, Karin Fong, Ben Radatz

Poster Design: Sean Carnegie, Tim League, Kevin Tong

Over the course of nine days, the 2015 SXSW Film Festival will screen over 150 features,consisting of 102 World Premieres, 14 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres with 62 first-time directors. 106 shorts will screen as part of 10 curated shorts programs. The 257 films were  selected  from  a  record  number  of  overall  submissions,  nearly  7500,  comprised  ofapproximately 2426 features and 4935 shorts, with an overall increase of 13% over 2014.

The 2015 SXSW Film Festival Awards:

Feature Film Jury Awards


Grand Jury Winner: KRISHA

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence: Creative Control

Director: Benjamin Dickinson


Grand Jury Winner: Peace Officer

Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: A Woman Like Me

Directors: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti

Special Jury Recognition for Editing: Twinsters

Twinsters editor, Jeff Consiglio

Short Film Jury Awards


Winner: Pink Grapefruit

Director: Michael Mohan

Special Jury Recognition: Share

Director: Pippa Bianco


Winner: Boxeadora D!irector: Meg Smaker MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: Kiss Kiss Fingerbang

Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat


Winner: World of Tomorrow

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Special Jury Recognition: teeth

Directors: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown


Winner: Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky”

!Director: Daniel Wolfe

Special Jury Recognition: DJ Snake featuring Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What”

Director: DANIELS


Winner: The Samaritans

Director: John Bryant


Winner: It’s A Thing

Directors: Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas

SXSW Film Design Awards


Winner: Manson Family Vacation

Designer: Yen Tan

Special Jury Recognition: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Designer: Jonny Halifax


Winner: Manhattan

Designer: Dan Gregoras for Imaginary Forces Special Jury Recognition: The Fitzroy Designers: Chris Tozer, Marko Anstice

SXSW Special Awards SXSW Gamechanger Award

Winner: Yvonne Kerékgyártó, Free Entry

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award Winner: Western

!Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

!Presented to: Anna Gustavi

SXSW  2015  is  sponsored  by  Miller  Lite,  Esurance,  AT&T,  IFC,  Mazda,  Monster  Energy,

McDonald’s, Capital One, Pepsi and The Austin Chronicle.


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