First Match is a Netflix drama written and directed by Olivia Newman about a Brooklyn girl who finds her way by competing against boys in high school wrestling. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four American transgender troops defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own, and the larger efforts to help rescind the military ban on transgender service members serving openly. As Deadline was the first to report, it is the first feature documentary to get financial backing from GLAAD.
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Other notable winners included Upgrade in the Midnighters section and Vida, the forthcoming Starz series created by Tanya Saracho and directed by So Yong Kim, in Episodic. (Alonso Ruizpalacios directed the Vida pilot.) The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2018 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Thunder Road for Narrative Feature and People’s Republic of Desire for Documentary Feature.
Over nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features.
Here is the complete list of Audience Award winners:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: First Match
Director: Olivia Newman
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: TransMilitary
Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
Audience Award Winner: All Square
Director: John Hyams
Audience Award Winner: The Dawn Wall
Director: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Audience Award Winner: Profile
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Audience Award Winner: Upgrade
Director: Leigh Whannell
Audience Award Winner: Vida
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios, So Yong Kim
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Audience Award Winner: Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Director: Abner Benaim
Audience Award Winner: Virus Tropical
Director: Santiago Caicedo
Audience Award Winner: Science Fair
Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: #19 – Offf Barcelona 2017
Directors: Eve Duhamel, Julien Vallee
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