SXSW Winner 'Short Term 12' Acquired By Cinedigm

Brie Larson Destin Cretton SXSW - P 2013
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Brie Larson Destin Cretton SXSW - P 2013

Destin Cretton's dramedy, starring Brie Larson, won this year's Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the Austin festival.

Short Term 12, the breakout hit of this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, has been acquired for domestic and Latin American distribution by Cinedigm.

The film, written and directed by Destin Cretton and based on his 2008 Sundance short, stars Brie Larson as a dedicated employee at a home for troubled youth and Kaitlyn Dever as the teenager who challenges and forces her to face her difficult past. John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) co-stars. It won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in Austin.

STORY: How 'Short Term 12's' Brie Larson, Destin Cretton and Some Kids Won SXSW's Top Prize

Shot in just 20 days, the film provided Larson with her first lead role -- and an emotional one, at that.

"There were some days that were just meltdown days. Almost every scene was me just, toward the end where it was just really tragic, heaping those bits together,” Larson told The Hollywood Reporter last month. "And I was like, ‘Wow. Can a human being do this for so many hours?’ With enough coffee, you can. You too can do it. I drink quite a bit of coffee, but since Short Term, my caffeine intake grew. It went 20 times more, and I still haven’t been able to fix it."

Traction Media’s Maren Olson and Asher Goldstein produced the film alongside Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and independent producer Ron Najor. Frederick W. Green, Douglas Stone and David Kaplan executive produced, and Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom co-produced.