‘Most Beautiful Island,’ ‘The Work’ Take Top Film Prizes at SXSW

“Most Beautiful Island” by director Ana Asensio and “The Work” by directors Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous have taken the top prizes at the 2017 edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival. “Most Beautiful Island” was declared the winner of the Narrative Feature Competition, while “The Work” won the Documentary Feature Competition.

The festival tonight also announced the full slate of awards by its Grand Jury. The film festival, which runs through Saturday, will screen 130 features, among them 84 world premieres.

See the full list of winners below.

Feature Film Grand Jury Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Winner: “Most Beautiful Island”

Director: Ana Asensio

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance: “The Strange Ones”

Actor: James Freedson-Jackson

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong”

Cast: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, Jennymarie Jemison

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Winner: “The Work”
Directors: Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Observational Cinema: “Maineland”
Director: Miao Wang

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling: “I Am Another You”
Director: Nanfu Wang

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: “Forever Now”
Director: Kristian Håskjold

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: “DeKalb Elementary”
Actor: Tarra Riggs

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: “Little Potato”
Director: Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: “The Suplex Duplex Complex”

Director: Todd Rohal

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: “Wednesday with Goddard”
Directors: Nicolas Menard

Special Jury Recognition: “Pussy”

Director: Renata Gasiorowska

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Leon Bridges – ‘RIVER’

Director: Miles Jay

Special Jury Recognition: Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’

Director: CANADA

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: The Rabbit Hunt
Director: Patrick Bresnan

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Winner: “Better Late Than Never”

Director: Atheena Frizzell

Special Jury Recognition: “Darcy’s Quinceañera”

Director: Sam Cooper

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: “Fry Day”

Designer: Caspar Newbolt

Special Jury Recognition: “Like Me”

Designer: Jeremy Enecio

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: “Into The Current”

Directors: Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young

SXSW LUNA Gamechanger Award – Narrative

Winner: “INFLAME”

Director: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik

SXSW LUNA Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary

Winner: “I Am Another You”

Director: Nanfu Wang

SXSW Louis Black “Lone Star” Award

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award

Winner: “Mr. Roosevelt”

Director: Noël Wells

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award

Presented to: “Assholes” directed by Peter Vack

SXSW Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Presentation

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

Presented to: Leigh Johnson

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