SXSW Audience Award Winners: ‘Demolition’, ‘Transpecos’, ‘Vice Principals & More

The South By Southwest Film Festival announced the audience award winners for 2016 today. Leading the pack in the Narrative Feature category is Transpecos, director Greg Kwedar’s debut feature starring Gabriel Luna, Johnny Simmons and Clifton Collins Jr. as border patrol agents embroiled in the region’s drug trade. Taking the prize in the Documentary Feature category is Keith Maitland’s Tower, which examines the infamous 1966 sniper shootings at the University of Texas. Other winners include Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, which won in the Headliner’s spot, Mr. Gaga, which took home the Documentary Spotlight award, and the Midnighters winner I Am a Hero from director Shinsuke Sato.

Here are the complete Audience Award winners.


Narrative feature competition
Transpecos – Director: Greg Kwedar

Documentary feature competition
Tower – Director: Keith Maitland

Demolition – Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Narrative Spotlight
From Nowhere – Director: Matthew Newton

Documentary Spotlight
Mr. Gaga – Director: Tomer Heymann

Jules and Dolores – Director: Caito Ortiz

I Am a Hero – Director: Shinsuke Sato

Vice Principals – Directors: Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride

24 Beats Per Second
Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke – Directors: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas)

Ghostland – Director: Simon Stadler

Festival Favorites
Gleason – Director: Clay Tweel

Excellence in Title Design
We Are X – Director: Allison Brownmoore of Blue Spill

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