SXSW: And the Winners Are …

The SXSW Film Festival still has a few days to run, but the awards have already gone. Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, where the filmmaker herself stars as a college grad at a loose end in New York, won the Narrative Feature competition. Look for it to turn up in a 2 AM slot on IFC sometime in the next five years. The best documentary feature was Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg’s portrait of a man who recovers from a beating by building a town in his backyard.

In the acting race, Brian Hasenfus’ incarnation of an aging party animal in Garth Donovan’s Phillip the Fossil boogied off with the Best Individual Performance award. David Robert Mitchell’s Myth of the American Sleepover received a best ensemble award for its cast of youngsters adrift in Detroit. A party will be held to celebrate David’s victory as soon as his parents leave town.

The audience had different preferences. They named Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann’s look at a band of mentally and physically challenged musicians, For Once in My Life, best documentary feature. You can fill in your own Tropic Thunder-inspired quip here before going away to be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. It was also popcorn containers in the air for Brotherhood. Will Canon’s thriller about a fraternity hazing that goes very wrong was named best narrative feature. Makes us feel better about those Greek letters branded on our butt.

The full list of winners is after the jump. Click on the titles for trailers where available.

Documentary Feature: Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg)
Documentary Feature Runner Up: War Don Don (Rebecca Richman Cohen)
Narrative Feature: Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham)
Special Jury Award – Best Ensemble: Myth of the American Sleepover (David Robert Mitchell)
Special Jury Award – Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil (Garth Donovan)

Feature Film Audience Awards

Documentary Feature: For Once in My Life (Jim Bigham, Mark Moormann)
Narrative Feature: Brotherhood (Will Canon)

SXSW Film Design Awards

Excellence in Poster Design: Feeder (Joseph Ernst, designer)
Excellence in Poster Design (Audience Award winner): Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (Michael Anderson, designer)
Excellence in Poster Design (Special Jury Award winner): Equestrian Sexual Response (Martim Vian, Zeke Hawkins, designers)
Excellence in Title Design: Zombieland (Ben Conrad, designer)
Excellence in Title Design (Audience Award winner): earthwork (Stan Herd, designer)
Excellence in Title Design (Special Jury Award winner): Enter the Void (Gaspar Noe, Tom Kam, designers)

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW Wholphin Award: Quadrangle (Amy Grappell)
SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award: Lena Dunham
The Chicken & Egg Pictures ‘We Believe in You’ Award: Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons

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