SXSW 2010 Film Festival Awards Announced! Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture! Guy Maddin’s Night Mayor! [Film Festivals]


For all of you following me on Facebook and Twitter, you know that my week here in Austin has been a whirlwind of film watching, panel going, and meeting those titans of industry, known as the film writers of the internet. Rest assured that there will be a small flood of reviews going up over the course of the next few days: everything from Kick Ass, to Tiny Furniture, to a super secret screening of Centurion.

Tonight in Austin, the SXSW 2010 Awards were given out to those films that wowed both the Audiences and the Judges. I am especially pleased that Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture won the Narrative Feature award, as it truly was one of my favorites of the festival. I’ll have my review up within the next few days. I’m sure it will be picked up for distribution, if it hasn’t been already. It featured some of the most inspired camera work, art direction, and dialogue that I saw this past week.

Also, congratulations are in order for Criterion Alum, Guy Maddin, for winning the Experimental Short category, with Night Mayor.

Below you’ll find all of the winners of the awards given out tonight. As I post my reviews, I’ll be sure to edit this post, linking to them.

I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing experience this festival was. For those long time listeners/readers, this festival featured all of the aspects that we talk about week in and week out (although surprisingly, no Ninja Turtles).


For the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, 134 feature-length films, including 64 world premieres, were selected from a record 1,572 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,206 U.S. and 366 international feature-length films. 130 shorts were selected from 2,312 short film submissions. In its inaugural year, the Title Design Competition included 18 finalists selected from 101 submissions. The 2010 SXSW Film Festival Awards were hosted by Ovation TV.

The 2010 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg

Runner-up: War Don Don
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Tiny Furniture
Director: Lena Dunham

Special Jury Award ‘“ Best Ensemble: Myth of the American Sleepover
Director: David Robert Mitchell

Special Jury Award ‘“ Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil
Director: Garth Donovan

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: For Once in My Life
Director: Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Brotherhood
Director: Will Canon

*Audience Awards for Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, 24 Beats Per Second, Lone Star States, and Midnighters will be announced on Monday, March 22, 2010.

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Cigarette Candy
Director: Lauren Wolkstein

Runner Up: Teleglobal Dreamin
Director: Eric Flanagan

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Quadrangle

Director: Amy Grappell

Runner Up: White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug
Director: Travis Senger

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: The Orange
Director: Nick Fox-Gieg

Runner Up: One Square Mile of Earth
Director: Jeff Drew

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Winner: Night Mayor
Director: Guy Maddin

Runner Up: Kids Might Fly
Director: Alex Taylor

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Cinnamon Chasers, “Luv Deluxe”
Director: Saman Keshavarz

Runner Up: Grizzly Bear, “Forest”
Director: Allison Schulnik

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: Petting Sharks
Director: Craig Elrod

Runner Up: The Big Bends
Director: Jason William Marlow

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Winner: Give the Dog a Bone
Director: Edward Kelley

Runner Up: The Sleep Project
Director: Whitney Bennett & Matthew Cunningham

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Feeder
Designer: Joseph Ernst

Runner Up: Amer
Designer: Gilles Vranckx

Audience Award Winner: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission
Designer: Michael Anderson

Special Jury Award: Equestrian Sexual Response
Designers: Martim Vian & Zeke Hawkins

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: Zombieland
Designer: Ben Conrad

Runner Up: earthwork
Designer: Stan Herd

Audience Award Winner: earthwork
Designer: Stan Herd

Special Jury Award: Enter the Void
Designer: Gaspar Noé and Tom Kam

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD

Winner: Quadrangle

Director: Amy Grappell

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD

Winner: Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture

Special Award – The Chicken & Egg Pictures “We Believe in You” Award:

Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons

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