‘Natural Selection’ and ‘Dragonslayer’ Are Big Winners at SXSW Film Festival

BY Lauren Knapp  March 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM EDT

Two films were big award winners at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. “Natural Selection” by director Robert Pickering and “Dragonslayer” by director Tristan Patterson took home Jury Awarded Best Feature Narrative and Documentary, respectively.

Nearly 300 films screened at the this year’s festival, which provided an opportunity for directors of several types of films to reach an audience of film enthusiasts, critics and potential distributors. Many filmmakers used SXSW as an opportunity to not only premier their films, but to compete for recognition from their peers.

Awards were also given to narrative, documentary and animated shorts, as well as for editing, performance and cinematography.

(A list of the competitors and winners is after the jump.)

Watch a trailer for “Natural Selection”:

 

Watch a trailer for “Dragonslayer”:

 

The 2011 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Dragonslayer
Director: Tristan Patterson

Best Editing: Where Soldiers Come From
Editors: Kyle Henry & Heather Courtney

Best Cinematography: Dragonslayer
Director of Photography: Eric Koretz

Best Score/Music: The City Dark
Music by: The Fishermen Three, Ben Fries


NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Natural Selection
Director: Robbie Pickering

Breakthrough Performances:
Evan Ross – 96 Minutes
Rachael Harris – Natural Selection
Matt O’Leary – Natural Selection

Best Screenplay: Natural Selection
Writer: Robbie Pickering

Best Editing: Natural Selection
Editor: Michelle Tesoro

Best Cinematography: A Year in Mooring
Director of Photography: Elliot Davis

Best Score/Music: Natural Selection
Music by: iZLER, Curt Schneider

Feature Film Audience Awards


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: Kumare
Director: Vikram Gandhi


NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Natural Selection
Director: Robbie Pickering


SPOTLIGHT PREMIERES

Winner: Becoming Santa
Director: Jeff Myers


EMERGING VISIONS

Winner: Weekend
Director: Andrew Haigh



Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Pioneer
Director: David Lowery


DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Mothersbane
Director: Jason Jakaitis


ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: The Wonder Hospital
Director: Beomsik Shimbe Shim


MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Hollerado, ‘Americanarama’
Director: Greg Jardin


TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: 8
Director: Julie Gould & Daniel Laabs


TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Winner: ( __ )
Director: Chad Werner


SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Silver Bullets
Designer: Yann Legendre

Audience Award Winner: Green
Designer: Adrian Kolarczyk