SXSW: Audience Award Winners Announced

"Cesar Chavez"
"Cesar Chavez"
 

Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear was named the audience award winner in the narrative feature competition at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Based on Christensen’s Oscar-winning 2012 short film Curfew, Disappear stars the writer-director as a man, hitting a low point, who is asked to look after his 11-year-old niece.

In the documentary feature competition, the audience award winner, also announced today, was Diana Whitten’s Vessel, a portrait of abortion activist Rebecca Gomperts.

Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez, a drama about the famed labor organizer, which Lionsgate and its Pantelion Films are releasing theatrically March 28, took the audience award in the narrative spotlight category.

The audience awards follow the previously announced 2014 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury winners Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles RogersFort Tilden for narrative feature, and Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible for documentary feature.

Over the course of nine days, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival is screening a total of 133 features and 113 shorts. A complete list of the audience award winners follows.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear

Director: Shawn Christensen

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Audience Award Winner: Vessel

Director: Diana Whitten

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Audience Award Winner: DamNation

Directors: Ben Knight and Travis Rummel

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Audience Award Winner: Cesar Chavez

Director: Diego Luna

VISIONS

Audience Award Winner: Yakona

Directors: Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins

MIDNIGHTERS

Audience Award Winner: Exists

Director: Eduardo Sánchez

EPISODIC

Audience Award Winner:Silicon Valley

Director: Mike Judge

SXGLOBAL

Audience Award Winner: The Special Need

Director: Carlo Zoratti

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

Audience Award Winner: The Case Against 8

Directors: Ben Cotner and Ryan White

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Audience Award Winner: Big Significant Things

Designer: Corey Holms

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Audience Award Winner: True Detective

Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic

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