‘Most Beautiful Island,’ ‘The Work’ take top SXSW Film jury awards

“The Work”

At the awards ceremony Tuesday night, juries for the South by Southwest Film Festival handed grand jury awards to Ana Asensio’s thriller “Most Beautiful Island” for narrative feature and to Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous’s prison documentary “The Work,” for documentary feature.

James Freedson-Jackson picked up a breakthrough performance award for “The Strange Ones,” while “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong” won for its ensemble cast of  Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, and Jennymarie Jemison.

Miao Wang’s “Maineland” recieved a special recognition for observational cinema and Nanfu Wang’s “I Am Another You,” won for documentary story telling.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Feature Film Grand Jury Awards 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Winner: Most Beautiful Island
Director: Ana Asensio

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance: The Strange Ones
Actor: James Freedson-Jackson

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Cast: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, Jennymarie Jemison

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Winner: The Work
Directors: Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Observational Cinema: Maineland
Director: Miao Wang

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling: I Am Another You
Director: Nanfu Wang

Short Film Grand Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Forever Now
Director: Kristian Håskjold

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: DeKalb Elementary
Actor: Tarra Riggs

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Little Potato
Director: Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: The Suplex Duplex Complex
Director: Todd Rohal

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: Wednesday With Goddard
Directors: Nicolas Menard

Special Jury Recognition: Pussy
Director: Renata Gasiorowska

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Leon Bridges‪ – “River”
Director: Miles Jay

Special Jury Recognition: Tame Impala‪ – “The Less I Know The Better”
Director: CANADA

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: The Rabbit Hunt
Director: Patrick Bresnan

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Winner: Better Late Than Never
Director: Atheena Frizzell

Special Jury Recognition: Darcy’s Quinceañera
Director: Sam Cooper

SXSW Film Design Awards 

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Fry Day
Designer: Caspar Newbolt

Special Jury Recognition:Like Me
Designer: Jeremy Enecio

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: Into the Current
Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young

SXSW SPECIAL AWARDS

SXSW LUNA Gamechanger Award – Narrative

Winner: Inflame
Director: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik

SXSW LUNA Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary

Winner: I Am Another You
Director: Nanfu Wang

SXSW Louis Black “Lone Star” Award

Winner: Mr. Roosevelt
Director: Noël Wells

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
In honor of a filmmaker whose work strives to be wholly its own, without regard for norms or desire to conform. The Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award is presented to a filmmaker from our Visions screening category.

Presented to: Assholes
Director: Peter Vack

SXSW Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

Presented to: Leigh Johnson

 


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