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SXSW: 'Short Term 12,' 'William and the Windmill' Take Top Awards

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Brett Pawlak

Acting prizes went to the cast of "Burma" and Tishuan Scott for his role in Civil War-era drama "The Retrieval."

Short Term 12 was the big winner at the 2013 SXSW Film Awards, taking the grand jury prize for narrative features.

The story of a woman with a troubled past, played by Brie Larson, who works as the head of a short-term home for troubled youth, the film is the second feature from director Destin Cretton, and also stars The Newsroom's John Gallagher, Jr.

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In the documentary feature category, William and the Windmill won the grand jury prize. The film is a fascinating look at a Malawian man whose life changes forever after he crafts an energy-producing windmill out of junk parts.

A special jury prize for cinematography went to the documentary Tuba, while Burma won a special jury prize for its cast, led by Girls' Christopher Abbott and Gaby Hoffman.

Tishuan Scott also took home a special jury acting prize for his performance in The Retrieval, the story of a bounty hunter during the U.S. Civil War. We Always Lie to Strangers, the story of unlikely music destination Branson, Missouri, took home the special jury prize for directing, shared by A.J. Schnack and David Wilson.

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The narrative feature jury included GQ articles editor Devin Gordon and Indiewire editor-in-chief Dana Harris, while film critic Elvis Mitchell was a member of the documentary feature jury.