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SXSW ’18: “TransMilitary,” “Dawn Wall” take Audience Awards

The 25th annual SXSW Film Festival has unveiled its Audience Award winners. Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson’s TransMilitary (pictured) has taken the Audience Award in the documentary feature competition category. The 92-minute ...
March 19, 2018

The 25th annual SXSW Film Festival has unveiled its Audience Award winners.

Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson’s TransMilitary (pictured) has taken the Audience Award in the documentary feature competition category. The 92-minute doc chronicles the lives of four of transgender troops as they defend their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.

The Audience Award winner in the documentary spotlight category, meanwhile, was The Dawn Wall from directors Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer. The 100-minute documentary follows legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell as he attempts to scale 3,000 vertical feet of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, California.

The Audience Awards follow the previously announced 2018 Jury Awards, which saw People’s Republic of Desire, a vérité film exploring two live streamers who rose from isolation to fame and fortune in China, take the Grand Jury prize in the documentary feature competition.

Over the course of the nine-day film festival, SXSW screened 136 doc and narrative consisting of 89 world premieres, 13 North American premieres, and six U.S. premieres. Of those, 49 were from first-time filmmakers. The total 256 films (including 98 shorts) were selected from 8,183 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,476 features and 4,433 shorts.

The 2018 SXSW Film Festival Documentary Audience Award winners are listed below. For the complete list of 2018 Award Winners, click here.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION 
Audience Award Winner: TransMilitary
Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT 
Audience Award Winner: The Dawn Wall
Director: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer

24 BEATS PER SECOND 
Audience Award Winner: Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Director: Abner Benaim

FESTIVAL FAVORITES 
Audience Award Winner: Science Fair
Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

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