SXSW Film & TV Festival Announces 2023 Audience Award Winners

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SXSW Audience Award Winners — But Why Tho

The votes have been tallied after the nine-day festival ended on Saturday; the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the Audience Award winners for the 31st SXSW Film & TV Festival today. The Audience Awards follow the previously-announced 2023 Jury Awards.  Audience Award Winners were certified by Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP. Over the course of nine days, the 2023 Film & TV program includes 110 features, including 75 World Premieres, 3 International Premieres, 9 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres, 16 Texas Premieres + 63 Short films, 20 Music Videos, 12 TV Premieres, 3 TV Spotlight, 7 Independent TV Pilots, and 35 XR Experience projects.

Films in the SXSW 2023 lineup screened in the following categories: Headliners; Narrative Feature Competition presented by Panavision; Documentary Feature Competition presented by ACE91; Narrative Spotlight; Documentary Spotlight; Visions; Midnighters; Global presented by MUBI; 24 Beats Per Second; and Festival Favorites. The Episodic program consisted of TV Premieres, TV Spotlight  and the Independent TV Pilot Competition. The SXSW 2023 Shorts Film Program presented by IMDbPro featured six competitive sections: Narrative Shorts; Documentary Shorts; Animated Shorts; Midnight Shorts; Texas Shorts; and Music Videos. Our XR Experience Competition, Spotlight and Special Events programming were held in-person with a selection of works held virtually. All categories were eligible for section-specific Audience Awards.

2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival Audience Award Winners:

HEADLINERS
Audience Award Winner: Flamin’ Hot, Director: Eva Longoria

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION presented by Panavision
Audience Award Winner: 
Mustache, Director/Screenwriter: Imran J. Khan

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION presented by ACE91
Audience Award Winner: Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life, Director/Producer: Dan Covert

The Long Game - But Why Tho

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award Winner: 
The Long Game, Director: Julio Quintana

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award Winner: 
The Herricanes, Director: Olivia Kuan

VISIONS
Audience Award Winner: 
Tobacco Barns, Director/Screenwriter: Rocío Mesa

MIDNIGHTERS
Audience Award Winner: 
It Lives Inside, Director: Bishal Dutta

GLOBAL presented by MUBI
Audience Award Winner: 
Ek Jagah Apni, Directors: Ektara Collective

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Audience Award Winner: Louder Than You Think, Director: Jed I. Rosenberg

FESTIVAL FAVORITES 
Audience Award Winner: No Ordinary Campaign, Director: Christopher Burke

Shorts Film Program presented by IMDbPro

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Closing Dynasty, Director/Screenwriter: Lloyd Lee Choi

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (Grandma & Grandma), Director: Sean Wang

ANIMATED SHORTS COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Sandwich Cat, Director/Screenwriter: David Fidalgo

MIDNIGHT SHORTS COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Dead Enders, Directors: Fidel Ruiz-Healy, Tyler Walker

TEXAS SHORTS COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Breaking Silence, Directors: Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein

MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: Drew Ashby – ‘HER’, Directors: Chris Scholar, Bevin Brown

TV Program

Notarize Me — But Why Tho

TV PREMIERES
Audience Award WinnerThe Luckiest Guy in the World, Director: Steve James

TV SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award WinnerBlindspotting Season 2 Premiere, Showrunner: Rafael Casal, Directors: Rafael Casel, Jess Wu Calder

INDEPENDENT TV PILOT COMPETITION
Audience Award WinnerNotarize Me, Director: Erika Rankin

XR Experience

XR EXPERIENCE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: JFK Memento, Director: Chloé Rochereuil

XR EXPERIENCE SPOTLIGHT
Audience Award Winner: MLK: Now is the Time, Director: Limbert Fabian

XR EXPERIENCE SPECIAL EVENTS 
Audience Award Winners (three-way tie):

Neo-Wulin: The Era of Black Ark, Director/Screenwriter: Guanyu, Producers: Chenchenchen, Bingbing Wang

Ristband, Directors: Anne McKinnon, Roman Rappak

Soundwaves: A Metaverse Music Concert, Directors: YOOM, Active Theory

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