The SXSW Film Conference and Festival announced the list of Audience Award winners today from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories.
The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2014 Jury Awards, which included Grand Jury Winners Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ "Fort Tilden" for Narrative Feature, and Margaret Brown’s "The Great Invisible" for Documentary Feature.
Taking home the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature is Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" with Diana Whitten's "Vessel" claiming the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The 24 Beats Per Second category will be announced via www.sxsw.com on Monday, March 17 due to first screenings still remaining for later today. Audience Award results for all categories were certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter.
Over the course of nine days, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 133 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 8 U.S. Premieres, with 70 first-time directors. 113 shorts will screen as part of 11 overall shorts programs. The 246 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, nearly 6,500, comprised of approximately 2,200 features and 4,300 shorts, with an overall increase of 14% over 2013.
Here's the list of 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear
Director: Shawn Christensen
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Vessel
Director: Diana Whitten
Audience Award Winner: DamNation
Director: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel
Audience Award Winner: Cesar Chavez
Directors: Diego Luna
Audience Award Winner: Yakona
Director: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
Audience Award Winner: Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez
Audience Award Winner: Silicon Valley
Director: Mike Judge
Audience Award Winner: The Special Need
Directors: Carlo Zoratti
Audience Award Winner: The Case Against 8
Director: Ben Cotner & Ryan White
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: Big Significant Things
Designer: Corey Holms
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: True Detective
Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic
For the complete list of 2014 Award Winners, visit www.sxsw.com/film