'Itty,' 'Billy' win SXSW jury awards

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NEW YORK -- Jamie Babbit's feminist comedy "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" won best narrative feature jury award and Jennifer Venditti's coming-of-age chronicle "Billy the Kid" won best documentary feature Tuesday night at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The Audience Award for best narrative film went to Monty Miranda's crime comedy "Skills Like This," while Marlo Poras' political saga "Run Granny Run" earned the public's best documentary feature award. Bill Haney's political docu "The Price of Sugar" took home the audience-voted Emerging Visions prize.

Special jury prizes in the narrative feature category were handed to Ry Russo-Young's family drama "Orphans" and Ronald Bronstein's eccentric comedy "Frownland." The jury also gave special docu feature prizes to Michael Jacobs' religion-themed "Audience of One" and Harris Fishman's animal trainers saga "Cat Dancers."

The Texas High School Competition jury award was handed to Brandon Day's "Murder for 9 Points," with a special award given to Adela Escobar's "Daily Routine."

Other top jury prizes went to director Chel White's music video for Thom Yorke's "Harrowdown Hill," with a special jury prize to Drew Lightfoot's video for the Constantines' "Working Full-Time."

Naveen Singh's "27,000 Days" was named best experimental short, Regina Pessoa's "Tragic Story With a Happy Ending" earned best animated short, and Moon Molson's "Pop Foul" won the jury's Reel Shorts competition.
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