SXSW 2022 Dates and 2021 Audience Award Winners Announced

SXSW 2021 Online is officially over and new dates for the 2022 live festival and conference have been announced. This year was SXSW’s first online experience, as most know the festival and conference for the past 25 years has been live. For five magical days, March 16th through the 20th, SXSW attendees got to experience the Film, Music and Comedy festivals remotely. On Sunday, March 21st, attendees had the opportunity to vote for all films, except Special Events, that were eligible for the SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. Below are the SXSW 2021 Audience Award Winners.


Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free
Director: Mary Wharton

Narrative Feature Competition

The Fallout
Director: Megan Park

Documentary Feature Competition

Not Going Quietly
Director: Nicholas Bruckman

Narrative Spotlight

Language Lessons
Director: Natalie Morales

Documentary Spotlight

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Directors: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler


Inbetween Girl
Director: Mei Makino


Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
Director: Kier-La Janisse


Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke

24 Beats Per Second

Soy Cubana
Directors: Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov

Festival Favorites

In The Same Breath
Director: Nanfu Wang

2020 Spotlight

We Are The Thousand
Director: Anita Rivaroli

Narrative Shorts Competition

Play It Safe
Director: Mitch Kalisa

Documentary Shorts Competition

Joe Buffalo
Director: Amar Chebib

Animated Shorts Competition

Director: Erick Oh

Midnight Shorts Competition

Director: Theo Rhys

Texas Shorts Competition

Learning Tagalog with Kayla
Director: Kayla Abuda Galang

Texas High School Shorts Competition

Beyond the Model
Director: Jessica Lin

Music Videos Competition

Kuricorder Quartet – ‘Southpaw’
Director: Sawako Kabuki

Episodic Premieres

Showrunner: Little Marvin

Episodic Pilot Competition

4 Feet High
Directors: Maria Belen Poncio and Rosario Perazolo Masjoan

Virtual Cinema Competition

Director: Abel Kohen

Virtual Cinema Spotlight

Finding Pandora X
Director: Kiira Benzing

Excellence in Title Design

Birds Of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Title Sequence
Creative Director and Illustrator: Michael Riley

The dates for SXSW 2022 have been confirmed for March 11th through the 20th throughout Austin, Texas. Fingers crossed that next year will be the live festival and conference we enjoy attending annually in Austin! For more information about SXSW please visit


Source: SXSW