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SXSW 2013: ‘Short Term 12,’ ‘Burma,’ ‘William and the Windmill’ Take Home Jury Awards

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'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton and actress Kaitlyn Dever at SXSW (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images …

SXSW 2013 has only recently passed the halfway mark but already the Feature Film Jury Awards have been announced, with "Short Term 12," "Burma," "The Retrieval" and "William and the Windmill" receiving top honors.

The big winner of this year's festival is "Short Term 12," the Grand Jury Winner in the Narrative Feature Competition. The character drama, written and directed by Destin Cretton, follows a young woman named Grace (Brie Larson) as she navigates the troubled waters of a foster care home as one of its supervising staff members. The film has proved to be a festival favorite since its first screening on Sunday.

"This is so crazy emotional," Cretton said as he took the stage during the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, saluting his fellow SXSW filmmakers with "to call this a competition is silly and totally wrong."

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast went to "Burma," writer-director Carlos Puga's drama about the sudden appearance of a long-lost patriarch on the eve of a family reunion. The Special Jury Recognition for Acting went to Tishuan Scott's performance in "The Retrieval," writer-director Chris Eska's American Civil War fable about a boy sent north by his bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

The Grand Jury Winner of the Documentary Feature Competition was "William and the Windmill," a look into the life of William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian who builds a power-generating windmill to rescue his family from famine. The award came as something of a surprise to director Ben Nabors.

"Just to show the film to an audience has been a gift," Nabors said in accepting the prize. "It's a real honor to win an award and it's completely unexpected."

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography went to Scott Duncan's 16mm work on "Touba," which explores the faith of Islam as it chronicles Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the Senegalese city of Touba. Special Jury Recognition for Directing went to co-directors AJ Schnack and David Wilson for "We Always Lie to Strangers," a look at four families experiencing love and loss in the American heartland.

The complete list of awards is below, with the Audience Awards set to be announced on Saturday in conclusion of the film portion of SXSW. The festival will officially close on Sunday.

FEATURE FILM JURY AWARDS

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION:

Grand Jury Winner:
"Short Term 12"
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast:
"Burma"
Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin

Special Jury Recognition for Acting:
"The Retrieval"
Tishuan Scott

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION:

Grand Jury Winner:
"William and the Windmill"
Director: Ben Nabors

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography:
"Touba"
Director of Photography: Scott Duncan

Special Jury Recognition for Directing:
"We Always Lie to Strangers"
Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS

NARRATIVE SHORTS:

Winner: "Ellen is Leaving"
Director: Michelle Savill

Honorable Mention: "Sequin Raze"
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Honorable Mention: "SKIN"
Director: Jordana Spiro

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS:

Winner: "SLOMO"
Director: Josh Izenberg

MIDNIGHT SHORTS:

Winner: "The Apocalypse"
Director: Andrew Zuchero

ANIMATED SHORTS:

Winner: "Oh Willy ..."
Directors: Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels

MUSIC VIDEOS:

Winner: Vitalic, "Stamina"
Director: Saman Keshavarz

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS:

Winner: "The Benefactress"
Director: Alina Vega

SXSW FILM DESIGN AWARDS

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN:

Winner: "Kiss of the Damned"
Designer: Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc

Special Jury Recognition: "We Always Lie To Strangers"
Designer: Erik Buckham, PALACEWORKS

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN:

Winner: "Joven & Alocada"
Designer: Pablo González, Fabula

Special Jury Recognition: "Crave"
Designer: Raleigh Stewart, Iron Helmet

SXSW SPECIAL AWARDS

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD:

Winner: Hannah Fidell, "A Teacher"

Special Mention: Katie Graham, "Zero Charisma"

LOUIS BLACK "LONE STAR" AWARD:

Winner: "Loves Her Gun"
Director: Geoff Marslett

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP:

Presented to: Jim Hession

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