Students and alumni from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts swept the top two categories at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas and received additional awards for short film and emerging female director.

SXSW

The SXSW festival is held annually to showcase the latest in music, film and interactive, with the film festival’s mission in particular to be to showcase the work of new directors. Previous films premiering at SXSW include the feature documentary Undefeated, which went on to win an Academy Award for best feature documentary, and The Hurt Locker, which later won six Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture.

The SXSW Film awards were presented Tuesday, March 11. Winners from the Tisch community include:

Feature Film Jury Awards
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden
Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss '14 (MFA candidate, Film) and Charles Rogers '14 (MFA candidate, Film)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Grand Jury Winner: The Great Invisible
Director: Margaret Brown '04 (MFA, Film)

Short Film Jury Awards
MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: Wawd Ahp
Directors: Steve Girard '10 (BFA, Film & TV) and Josh Chertoff '10 (BFA, Film & TV)

SXSW Special Awards
SXSW GAMECHANGER EMERGENT WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Jen McGowan '97 (BFA, Drama), Kelly & Cal

For more information about the SXSW music, film and interactive festivals, visit sxsw.com.

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