‘The Arbalest,’ ‘Tower’ Win SXSW Jury Awards

Acting honors go to Andre Royo for “Hunter Gatherer” and Lily Rabe for “Miss Stevens”

“The Arbalest,” director Adam Pinney’s ’60s and ’70s-set comedy about a toymaker, has been named the best competition feature of the 2016 South By Southwest feature film jury.

The film won in a field of 10 world-premiere films selected from more than 1,400 submissions. The jury, which included TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde, gave Andre Royo and Lily Rabe special acting awards for “Hunter Gatherer” and “Miss Stevens,” respectively.

In the documentary competition, the top prize went to Keith Maitland’s “TOWER,” an animated film about America’s first mass shooting. It also won the Louis Black “Lone Star” award. Other docs that won awards were “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” and “The Seer,” which was singled out for Lee Daniel’s cinematography.

SXSW audience awards will be announced later in the week.

The complete list of jury awards for features and short films:

Feature Film Jury Awards
Narrative Feature Competition
Winner: “The Arbalest,” Adam Pinney
Special Jury Recognition for Best Actor: Andre Royo, “Hunter Gatherer”
Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress: Lily Rabe, “Miss Stevens”

Documentary Feature Competition
Winner: “TOWER,” Keith Maitland
Special Jury Recognition for Portrait Documentary: “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America,” Matt Ornstein
Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Lee Daniel, “The Seer”


Short Film Jury Awards
Narrative Shorts
Winner: “How Was Your Day?,” Damien O’Donnell
Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Jim Cummings, “Thunder Road”
Special Jury Recognition for Writing: Joceyln DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, “Greener Grass”

Documentary Shorts
Winner: “These C*cksucking Tears,” Dan Taberski
Special Jury Recognition: “Dollhouse,” Terri Timely

Midnight Shorts
Winner: “MANOMAN,” Simon Cartwright
Special Jury Recognition: “Don’t tell Mom,” Sawako Kabuki

Animated Shorts
Winner: “Glove,” Alexa Lim Haas & Bernardo Britto
Special Jury Recognition: “Pombo Loves You,” Steve Warne

Music Videos
Winner: Childish Gambino – “Sober,” Hiro Murai

Texas Shorts
Winner: “The Send-Off,” Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
Special Jury Recognition For Acting : Lindsay Pulsipher, “1985”

Texas High School Shorts
Winner: “Lady of Paint Creek,” Alexia Salingaros
Special Jury Recognition: “The Archer Hadley Story,” Ben Root & Alex Treviño


SXSW Film Design Awards
Excellence in Poster Design
Winner: “The Artful Vandal,” MissMe
Special Jury Recognition: “Night Stalker,” New Media Ltd
Special Jury Recognition: “Eat My Shit,” Octavio Terol

Excellence in Title Design
Winner: “Sunstone,” Aimée Duchamp


SXSW Special Awards
SXSW Gamechanger Award
Winner: “My Blind Brother,” Sophie Goodhart

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award

Winner: “TOWER,” Keith Maitland

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship: Eileen Meyer