If any of you are like me, you’ve probably been wondering what SXSW is and what all the buzz is about? Well after doing research and checking out the events page, I asked my self aloud, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” SXSW, stands for the “South by Southwest festival,” which honors and features films, music, and emerging technologies. The festival itself acts an annual celebration that showcases the talent of filmmakers, musicians, and designers alike. It is chop full of the hottest indie celebs and offer audiences a look into countless films that have yet to be released, alongside musical performances from spectacular artists including Prince. While the entire event takes place in Austin, Texas, several events vary in terms of days and times. This festival is basically the southern regions film equivalent of Coachella! While the Technological Interactive experience took place from March 8-12, the Film and Music portions of the festival are still taking place through the 16th and 17th. Winners of this years film awards have already been announced and the ceremony will take place tonight at the Paramount Theater! As listed by (EW.com) here are the Winners:
Grand Jury Winner: “Short Term 12,” directed by Deston Cretton
Special Jury Prize For Ensemble Cast: “Burma”
Grand Jury Winner: “William And The Windmill”
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Short Film Jury Awards
Narrative Short: “Ellen is Leaving,” directed by Michelle Savill
Documentary Short: “SLOMO,” directed by Josh Izenberg
Midnight Short: “The Apocalypse,” directed by Andrew Zuchero
Animated Short: “Oh Willy…,” directed by Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roe
Music Video: “Stamina” by Vitalic, directed by Saman Keshavarz
Texas High School Short: “The Benefactress,” directed by Alina Vega
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SXSW Film Design Awards
Excellence in Poster Design: Akiko Stehrenberger, “Kiss of the Damned”
Excellence in Title Design: Pablo González, “Joven & Alocada”
SXSW Special Awards
Chicken & Egg Narrative Woman Director Award: Hannah Fidell, “A Teacher”
Louis Black ‘Lone Star’ Award: Geoff Marslett, “Loves Her Gun”
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship: Jim Hession
Have any of you guys been to SXSW? If so, is it worth the hype?
Or if you haven’t, do you plan on attending next year?