SXSW 2015 Awards: ‘Peace Officer’ and ‘KRISHA’ Win Top Honors

As SXSW 2015 begins to segue from a film festival to a music showcase, the winners of this year’s awards for the best motion pictures have finally been announced. This year’s two biggest honorees are Peace Officer, a new documentary about William “Dub” Lawrence’s investigation into the increased militarization of the police department, and KRISHA, a feature film adaptation of a hit SXSW short about a women returning home to right past wrongs.

The complete list of SXSW 2015 Film Festival award winners are below. [Update: The original press release failed to name Jeff Consiglio as the winner of the SXSW Special Jury Prize for Editing. The information below has been updated to include his name.]

Feature Film Jury Awards:



NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION



Grand Jury Winner: “Krisha”

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence: “Creative Control”

Director: Benjamin Dickinson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION



Grand Jury Winner: “Peace Officer”

Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber



Special Jury Recognition for Directing: “A Woman Like Me”

Directors: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti



Special Jury Recognition for Editing: “Twinsters”

Editor: Jeff Consiglio

Short Film Jury Awards:



NARRATIVE SHORTS



Winner: “Pink Grapefruit”

Director: Michael Mohan



Special Jury Recognition:“Share”

Director: Pippa Bianco



DOCUMENTARY SHORTS



Winner:“Boxeadora”

Director: Meg Smaker

MIDNIGHT SHORTS



Winner: “Kiss Kiss Fingerbang”

Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat



ANIMATED SHORTS



Winner: “World of Tomorrow”

Director: Don Hertzfeldt



Special Jury Recognition: “teeth”

Directors: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky”

Director: Daniel Wolfe

Special Jury Recognition: DJ Snake featuring Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What”

Director: DANIELS



TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: “The Samaritans”

Director: John Bryant



TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS



Winner: “It’s A Thing”

Directors: Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas



SXSW Film Design Awards:



EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN



Winner: “Manson Family Vacation”

Designer: Yen Tan



Special Jury Recognition: “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson”

Designer: Jonny Halifax



EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN



Winner: “Manhattan”

Designer: Dan Gregoras for Imaginary Forces



Special Jury Recognition: 
“The Fitzroy”

Designers: Chris Tozer, Marko Anstice



SXSW Special Awards:



SXSW Gamechanger Award

Winner: 
Yvonne Kerékgyártó, “Free Entry”



Louis Black “Lone Star” Award


Winner: 
“Western”

Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross



Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

Presented to: Anna Gustavi