The audience has spoken… And, they’ve given Alonso Ruizpalacios his due prize.
The SXSW Film Festival announced its Audience Award winners, with the Mexican film director and co-helmer So Yong Kim’s Vida taking home the Episodic prize.
The forthcoming Starz series was created by Tanya Saracho and directed by Kim. Ruizpalacios directed the Vida pilot.
Abner Benaim took home the prize in the 24 Beats Per Second category for his documentary film, Ruben Blades Is Not My Name.
The Panamanian film director’s film is hailed as a celebration of the Latin American icon who was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970’s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama.
Santiago Caicedo’s Virus Tropical was the Audience Award Winner in the Global category.
The black-and-white feature is closely adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Power Paola, the nom de plume of Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Paola Gaviria.
The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2018 Jury Awards.
Over nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features.
Here’s the complete list of Audience Award winners:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: First Match
Director: Olivia Newman
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Audience Award Winner: TransMilitary
Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
Audience Award Winner: All Square
Director: John Hyams
Audience Award Winner: The Dawn Wall
Director: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Audience Award Winner: Profile
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Audience Award Winner: Upgrade
Director: Leigh Whannell
Audience Award Winner: Vida
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios, So Yong Kim
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Audience Award Winner: Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Director: Abner Benaim
Audience Award Winner: Virus Tropical
Director: Santiago Caicedo
Audience Award Winner: Science Fair
Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Audience Award Winner: #19 – Offf Barcelona 2017
Directors: Eve Duhamel, Julien Vallee