The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the Audience Award winners today from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 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 SXSW Film Awards are presented by Panasonic.

 

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2016 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners The Arbalest for Narrative Feature, and TOWER for Documentary Feature. For the complete list of 2016 Award Winners, visit sxsw.com/film.

 

Over the course of nine days, the 2016 SXSW Film Festival screened 143 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 8 U.S. Premieres, with 52 first-time filmmakers. 114 shorts screened as part of ten curated shorts programs. The 253 films were selected from 7,240 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,456 features and 4,784 shorts. Meanwhile the SXSW Film Conference presented 200+ Film Sessions (Panels, Workshops, Keynotes, Conversations, Networking Meetups and Mentors) plus an additional 450+ Convergence sessions open to more than one badge, including Future of Entertainment and VR/AR Tracks.

 

2016 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: 
Transpecos

Director: Greg Kwedar

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION 

Audience Award Winner: TOWER

Director: Keith Maitland

HEADLINERS 

Audience Award Winner: Demolition

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

 

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT 

Audience Award Winner: From Nowhere

Director: Matthew Newton

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT 

Audience Award Winner: Mr. Gaga

Director: Tomer Heymann

VISIONS 

Audience Award Winner: Jules and Dolores

Director: Caito Ortiz

MIDNIGHTERS 

Audience Award Winner: I Am a Hero

Director: Shinsuke Sato

EPISODIC 

Audience Award Winner: Vice Principals

Directors: Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride

24 BEATS PER SECOND 

Audience Award Winner: Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke

Directors: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas

SXGLOBAL 

Audience Award Winner: Ghostland

Director: Simon Stadler

FESTIVAL FAVORITES 

Audience Award WinnerGleason

Director: Clay Tweel

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN 

Audience Award Winner: We Are X

Designer: Allison Brownmoore of Blue Spill

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