SXSW 2014The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced their Audience Award-winners today including wins for Diego Luna‘s biopic Cesar Chavez in the narrative spotlight and the Emmy Rossum-starring drama Before I Disappear in the narrative feature spotlight.  Also getting a crowd-pleasing boost before its April 6 HBO premiere is Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley which took the Episodic award.  Last year’s winner in the narrative feature competition was Short Term 12 which was released by Cinedigm and had some awards buzz this past fall.  The SXSW Jury Awards were announced on Tuesday with the Grand Jury Prize going to Fort Tilden and the  The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown’s look at the oil industry’s secretive world in the wake of the Gulf Coast disaster, earning the top documentary prize. Below are a list of the 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

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DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award Winner: DamNation
Director: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award Winner: CESAR CHAVEZ
Directors: Diego Luna

VISIONS
Audience Award Winner: Yakona
Director: Anlo Sepulveda & 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
Directors: Carlo Zoratti

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Audience Award Winner: The Case Against 8
Director: Ben Cotner & 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