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SAGindie is back from Austin. Why were we in Texas, you ask? Because SXSW is back! The 2022 festival was an in-person affair once again, with the film portion of things running from March 11 – 19. SAGindie was there – and we were busy! We returned to the Creative Industries Expo with an informational booth to spread the word about our work; we presented a Low Budget Contracts Made Easy workshop, going deep on the SAG-AFTRA signatory process; and we hosted a Film Industry Happy Hour with the DGA, giving the filmmakers at the fest a chance to network (and enjoy a beverage). But SXSW filmmakers did more than just drink and listen to us drone on about contracts. They saw movies, many of which went on to win awards. Check out this year’s SXSW film awards below!


2022 SXSW Film Award Winners:

Feature Film Grand Jury Awards

  • Grand Jury Winner – Narrative Feature (presented by Panavision): I Love My Dad
  • Special Jury Recognition for Extraordinary Cinematic Vision – Narrative Feature: It Is In Us All
  • Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance – Narrative Feature: Elizaveta Yankovskaya, Nika
  • Grand Jury Winner – Documentary Feature (presented by IMAX): Master of Light
  • Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling – Documentary Feature: Bad Axe
  • Special Jury Recognition for Acting in a Documentary – Documentary Feature: Steve Glew, Pez Outlaw

Short Film Grand Jury Awards (presented by IMDbPro)

  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Narrative Short: All the Crows in the World
  • Special Jury Recognition for Directing and Community Filmmaking – Narrative Short: Glitter Ain’t Gold
  • Special Jury Recognition for Outstanding Performances – Narrative Short: Aphrodite Armstrong & Kyle Riggs, West By God
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Documentary Short: Long Line of Ladies
  • Special Jury Recognition for Visual Reflection – Documentary Short: not even for a moment do things stand still
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Midnight Shorts: Moshari
  • Special Jury Recognition for Powerful “Short Trip” – Midnight Shorts: Omi
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Animated Shorts: Bestia
  • Special Jury Recognition for Unexpected Emotion – Animated Shorts: Les Larmes de la Seine
  • Special Jury Recognition for Visceral Storytelling – Animated Shorts: Something in the Garden
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Music Videos: Desirée Dawson, “Meet Me At the Light”
  • Special Jury Recognition for Going the Extra Mile – Music Videos: Myd, “Let You Speak”
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Texas Shorts: Folk Frontera
  • Special Jury Recognition for Vision – Texas Shorts: Birds
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Texas High School Shorts: Honeybee
  • Special Jury Recognition for Artistic Expression – Texas High School Shorts: It’s Getting Bad Again
  • Grand Jury Award Winner – Episodic Pilot: Something Undone
  • Special Jury Recognition for Unique Vision in Writing and Directing – Episodic Pilot: My Year of Dicks

SXSW Film Design Awards (presented by Adobe)

  • Jury Award Winner – Poster Design: More Than I Remember
  • Special Jury Recognition – Poster Design: The Sentence of Michael Thompson
  • Jury Award Winner – Title Design: Foundation
  • Special Jury Recognition – Title Design: The White Lotus
  • Jury Award Winner – XR Experience: On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)
  • Special Jury Recognition for Immersive Storytelling – XR Experience: (Hi)story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow

SXSW Special Awards

  • Fandor New Voices Award: What We Leave Behind
  • Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award: Chee$e
  • Adobe Editing Award: Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Louis Black “Lone Star” Award: What We Leave Behind
  • ZEISS Cinematography Award: Gio Park, A Vanishing Fog
  • Mailchimp Support the Shorts Award: The Voice Actress
  • 40 Years of Massive Talent Award: Nicolas Cage

SXSW Audience Awards

  • Audience Award – Narrative Feature Competition (presented by Panavision): I Love My Dad
  • Audience Award – Documentary Feature Competition: Bad Axe
  • Audience Award – Narrative Spotlight: Pretty Problems
  • Audience Award – Documentary Spotlight: We Are Not Ghouls
  • Audience Award – Visions: Shadows
  • Audience Award – Headliners: Atlanta
  • Audience Award – Midnighters: Bitch Ass
  • Audience Award – Global (presented by Mubi): Without Prescription
  • Audience Award – 24 Beats Per Second: The Return of Tanya Tucker – Featuring Brandi Carlile
  • Audience Award – Festival Favorites: The Art of Making It
  • Audience Award – Narrative Shorts Competition (presented by IMDbPro): Aspirational Slut
  • Audience Award – Documentary Shorts Competition: The Sentence of Michael Thompson
  • Audience Award – Animated Shorts Competition: Five Cents
  • Audience Award – Midnight Shorts Competition: Tank Fairy
  • Audience Award – Texas Shorts Competition: Act of God
  • Audience Award – Texas High School Shorts Competition: Football.
  • Audience Award – Music Videos Competition: Desirée Dawson, “Meet You At the Light”
  • Audience Award – Episodic Premieres: 61st Street
  • Audience Award – Episodic Pilot Competition: Brownsville Bred
  • Audience Award – XR Experience Competition: Gumball Dreams
  • Audience Award – XR Experience Spotlight: The Choice
  • Audience Award – Excellence in Title Design: Blade Runner: Black Lotus/See/WandaVision (TIE)



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