‘Running With Beto,’ Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Win SXSW Audience Awards

Alex Thompson’s “Saint Frances” about abortion and gay marriage also was honored

Last Updated: March 16, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Beto O’Rourke was a winner at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas, or at least the film chronicling his campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate, “Running With Beto,” was, as it took home the Audience Award for Documentary Spotlight Saturday.

The audience favorite Narrative Spotlight section went to “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. The film is about a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who runs away from a nursing home to become a professional wrestler.

Headliners and 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award winners will be announced on Monday, March 19.

Here’s a complete list of Saturday’s winners:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
“Saint Frances
”
Director: Alex Thompson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
“For Sama
”
Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon
”
Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
“Running With Beto
”
Director: David Modigliano

VISIONS
“The Garden Left Behind”
Director: Flavio Alves

MIDNIGHTERS
“Boyz In the Wood
”
Director: Ninian Doff

EPISODIC PREMIERES
“Ramy
”
Showrunner: Bridget Bedard

GLOBAL
“Cachada: The Opportunity
”
Director: Marlén Viñayo

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
“Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins”
Director: Janice Engel

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
“Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse”
Directors: Brian Mah, James Ramirez

VIRTUAL CINEMA JURY AWARD WINNERS

360° VIDEO: DOCUMENTARY
“Send Me Home”
Director: Cassandra Evanisko

360° VIDEO: NARRATIVE
“Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega”
Director: Maria Belen Poncio

INTERACTIVE
“Runnin'”
Director: Kiira Benzing

STORYTELLING
“Gloomy Eyes”
Director: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado

BEST USE OF IMMERSIVE ARTS
“Home After War”
Director: Gayatri Parameswaran