Over the course of nine days, the 2017 SXSW Film Festival screened 130 features, consisting of 84 World Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, and 5 US Premieres, with 54 first-time filmmakers. There were 128 shorts screened as part of 12 curated shorts programs. The 258 films were selected from 7,651 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,432 features and 4,975 shorts.

Now, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the Audience Award winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories.

Be sure to check out our review (here) for 68 Kill, winner of the Midnighters award, as well our interview (here) with the cast and director!

 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners: 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION Audience Award Winner: The Light of the Moon
Director: Jessica M. Thompson

Director: Luke Korem

HEADLINERS Audience Award Winner: Baby Driver
Director: Edgar Wright 

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT Audience Award Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noël Wells

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT Audience Award Winner: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot 

VISIONS Audience Award Winner: Becoming Bond
Director: Josh Greenbaum

MIDNIGHTERS Audience Award Winner: 68 Kill 
Director: Trent Haaga

EPISODIC Audience Award Winner: Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien 

24 BEATS PER SECONDAudience Award Winner: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio 

GLOBAL Audience Award Winner: Divine Divas
Director: Leandra Leal 

FESTIVAL FAVORITES Audience Award WinnerThe Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter 

 SXSW Film Design Awards 

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN Audience Award Winner: Into The Current 
Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young

 Virtual Cinema Grand Jury Awards 


Audience Award Winner: After Solitary 
Directors: Cassandra Herrman, Lauren MuccioloSpecial Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health: Reinvent  
Directors: Ian Forester, Sook-lei Liew, PhD

360° VIDEOAudience Award Winner: Behind the Fence
Directors: Lindsay Branham, Jonathan Olinger Special Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health: Dreams of “O”
Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

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