Adam Leon’s Gimme The Loot won the top prize at the SXSW Film Festival tonight, taking the event’s best narrative feature prize, while Jay Bulger’s Beware Of Mr. Baker won took the award in the documentary category. Leon is considered an up-and-coming New York-based director. Gimme The Loot debuted to a huge response from audiences in Austin and buyers have been circling the title. Set in NYC, the film will screen next at the upcoming New Directors/New Films series, which opens later this month. Last year’s SXSW Film Festival best narrative feature film winner, Natural Selection by director Robbie Pickering, opens theatrically this weekend in limited release.
The 2012 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:
Feature Film Jury Awards
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION: Grand Jury Winner, Gimme The Loot, Director: Adam Leon
Special Jury Recognition for Performance – Jamie Chung, Eden; Besedka Johnson – Starlet; Nico Stone – Booster
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Grand Jury Winner: Beware of Mr. Baker, Director: Jay Bulger
Feature Film Audience Awards
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Winner: Bay of All Saints, Director: Annie Eastman
NARRATIVE FEATURE Winner: Eden, Director: Megan Griffiths
Short Film Jury Awards
NARRATIVE SHORTS: Winner – The Chair, Director: Grainger David
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: Winner – CatCam, Director: Seth Keal
MIDNIGHT SHORTS Winner – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Directors: Rebecca Sloan & Joseph Pelling
SXGLOBAL SHORTS Winner – The Perfect Fit, Director: Tali Yankelevich
ANIMATED SHORTS Winner – (notes on) biology, Director: Danny Madden
MUSIC VIDEOS Winner – Battles, “My Machines” Director: DANIELS
TEXAS SHORTS Winner: Spark, Director: Annie Silverstein
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS Winner: Boom, Director: Daniel Matyas & Brian Broder
SXSW Film Design Awards presented by iStockphoto
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN Winner: Man & Gun, Designer: Justin CoxSpecial Jury Recognition: Pitch Black Heist Designer: Andrew Cranston
Audience Award Winner: The Maker, Designer: Christopher Kezelos
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN Winner: Les Bleus de Ramville Designer: Jay Bond, Oily Film Company Inc.
Special Jury Recognition: X-Men: First Class, Designer: Simon Clowes, Prologue Films
Audience Award Winner: Bunraku, Designer: Guilherme Marcondes, Hornet Inc.
SXSW Special Awards
SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD Winner: The Black Balloon, Director: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD Winners: Megan Griffiths for Eden and Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine
LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD Winner: Bernie, Director: Richard Linklater
Special Jury Recognition: Trash Dance, Director: Andrew Garrison
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP Presented to: Lindsay Utz
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