SXSW FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL
2012 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced additional Audience Award-winners today from the Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites categories. The Headliner Audience Award will follow on Monday, March 19, 2012. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.
The 2012 SXSW Film Festival hosted a total of 132 features, consisting of 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres, with 58 films from first-time directors. 138 shorts will screen as part of 12 overall shorts programs. The nearly 275 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,300, comprised of approximately 2,000 features and 3,300 shorts. This was a 7% increase over 2011 despite moving submission deadlines a month earlier than in previous years.
Additional 2012 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:
Winner: Brooklyn Castle
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Winner: Fat Kid Rules the World
Director: Matthew Lillard
Winner: LOW & CLEAR
Directors: Kahlil Hudson & Tyler Hughen
Director: Ciarán Foy
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Winner: Under African Skies
Director: Joe Berlinger
Winner: Her Master’s Voice
Director: Nina Conti
Winner: Chasing Ice
Director: Jeff Orlowski
About SXSW Film
The SXSW® Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.
The Film Conference buzzes as world-class speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors tackle the latest filmmaking trends amidst the unmatched social atmosphere of the SXSW experience. Simultaneously, the internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, featuring a truly diverse program that includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more. SXSW Film is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film.
2012 Festival Sponsors
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Chevrolet, IFC, Brisk, PepsiCO, Monster Energy, Freecreditscore.com, Esurance, AT&T, Dell and The Austin Chronicle.
 Due to SXSW error, ballots were not distributed during the qualifying screening of Festival Favorite Searching for Sugar Man. Though the film received a standing ovation, it was not eligible for the award.