sxsw 2019

[UPDATED 3/17/19]

SAGindie has returned from SXSW 2019, and boy howdy did we have a full schedule. First up was our “Hiring Actors For Your Indie Film” workshop, where we chatted with up-and-coming filmmakers about the various SAG-AFTRA low budget contracts. Next was our SAGindie/SAG-AFTRA booth in the Trade Show, where folks from the film, music, and tech worlds converged to wander around a large exhibitor hall searching for swag. Finally, we hosted a happy hour cocktail party with the DGA for film fest attendees. Other stuff happened at the festival too, like keynotes and films, but those didn’t directly involve us so we’re a little less braggy about them. But you should check them out!


SXSW 2019 Film Keynote: Olivia Wilde


2019 SXSW Film Award Winners:

Feature Film Grand Jury Awards

  • Grand Jury Winner – Narrative Feature: Alice
  • Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble – Narrative Feature: Yes God Yes
  • Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice – Narrative Feature: Saint Frances
  • Grand Jury Winner – Documentary Feature: For Sama
  • Special Jury Recognition for Empathy in Craft – Documentary Feature: Ernie & Joe
  • Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Storytelling – Documentary Feature: Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Short Film Jury Awards

SXSW Virtual Cinema Jury Awards

SXSW Film Design Awards

SXSW Special Awards

  • Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship: Victoria Chalk
  • Vimeo Staff Picks Award: Milton
  • ZEISS Cinematography Award: Bruno Murtinho, Amazonia Groove
  • Louis Black “Lone Star” Award: The River and the Wall
  • Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award: Tito
  • CherryPicks Female First Feature Award: Josephine Mackerras, Alice
  • CherryPicks Special Recognition: Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, Days of the Whale

SXSW Audience Awards

Congrats to all of this year’s SXSW Film winners!


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