About the SXSW Film Awards

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The annual SXSW Film Awards honor the superlative creativity and talent demonstrated by filmmakers and designers in the SXSW program.

The 2015 SXSW Film Awards will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 8pm at the Paramount Theatre.

2015 SXSW Film Awards

  • Feature Film Jury Awards
    (from the Narrative Feature Competition & Documentary Feature Competition categories)
  • Short Film Jury Awards
  • Design Awards
    • Excellence in Title Design
    • Excellence in Poster Design
  • Special Awards:
    • Gamechanger Award
    • Louis Black "Lone Star Award"
    • Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. SXSW is also a BAFTA-recognized festival for the purposes of eligibility for the Short Film category at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Audience Awards

In addition to juried awards, all feature films (with the exception of the Special Events category) are eligible for Audience Awards by section. For 2015, all Audience Award winners will be announced via sxsw.com on Saturday, March 21. For a full list of Jury and Audience award categories see our Film Submission FAQ.

A special thank you for SXSW 2015 Film Awards graciously donated by: AudioBlocks, Audio-Technica, Bat City Awards, Blackmagic Design, The Criterion Collection, Digital Bolex, Gamechanger Films, GraphicStock, Hive Lighting, iZZi Gadgets, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, Mild2Wild Leather, olloclip, Panavision, Pond5, Technicolor, VideoBlocks and Wernham Entertainment.

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