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- Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:04
- Written by Valentina I. Valentini
Every year SXSW grows. Not just in attendance numbers, but in its reach beyond Austin and its impact in the film world, the music world and the tech world. It is the nexus of discovery, collaboration and pure fun – something altogether different from other prestigious film festivals like Sundance and Toronto.
This year, over 65,000 people attended the entire festival, with about 16,000 at the film portion. With the fest seeing an eight percent rise in screening attendance from last year, 73,338 people watched 133 feature films and 110 shorts. And the overall increase of seven percent from last year’s submissions saw the features category at 2,100 and shorts at 3,600.
Short Term 12 took home double with the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature, which was shot on the RED Epic, like writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first feature, I Am Not a Hipster, that made small waves at Sundance last year.
Other winners included William and the Windmill for Best Documentary, Ellen is Leaving for Best Short Narrative, SLOMO for Best Doc Short, and the SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award went to Hannah Fidell for A Teacher.
Although it’s impossible to get to all the panels the festival offers, or even more than about five since there are so many screenings to attend as well, the panel on Sustaining a Career in Indie Film was a particularly interesting one. Comprised of Bryan Poyser (The Bounceback), Kat Candler (Hellion) and Craig Zobel (Compliance, Prince Avalanche) – who don’t have health insurance or a retirement fund and have collectively quit dozens of jobs to take on little film gigs that come up – the young filmmakers discussed what it takes to have and keep the drive to make indie films.
“The breaking point is when all the people in your life start to turn off and roll their eyes when you begin talking about how you haven’t made a film in so long,” said Poyser. “It’s when you have to wonder if you’ll still have friends if you keep complaining that it’s been five years. You feel like you’re a racehorse at the gate and if the gate doesn’t open, you have to push it open.”
For a complete list of winners, please visit: www.sxsw.com