Adam Leon’s Gimme The Loot won the top prize at the SXSW Film Festival tonight, taking the event’s best narrative feature prize, while Jay Bulger’s Beware Of Mr. Baker won took the award in the documentary category. Leon is considered an up-and-coming New York-based director. Gimme The Loot debuted to a huge response from audiences in Austin and buyers have been circling the title. Set in NYC, the film will screen next at the upcoming New Directors/New Films series, which opens later this month. Last year’s SXSW Film Festival best narrative feature film winner, Natural Selection by director Robbie Pickering, opens theatrically this weekend in limited release.

The 2012 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners:

Feature Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION: Grand Jury Winner, Gimme The Loot, Director: Adam Leon

Special Jury Recognition for Performance – Jamie Chung, Eden; Besedka Johnson – Starlet; Nico Stone – Booster

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Beware of Mr. Baker, Director: Jay Bulger

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Winner: Bay of All Saints, Director: Annie Eastman

NARRATIVE FEATURE Winner: Eden, Director: Megan Griffiths

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS: Winner – The Chair, Director: Grainger David

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: Winner – CatCam, Director: Seth Keal

MIDNIGHT SHORTS Winner – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Directors: Rebecca Sloan & Joseph Pelling

SXGLOBAL SHORTS Winner – The Perfect Fit, Director: Tali Yankelevich

ANIMATED SHORTS Winner – (notes on) biology, Director: Danny Madden

MUSIC VIDEOS Winner – Battles, “My Machines” Director: DANIELS

TEXAS SHORTS Winner: Spark, Director: Annie Silverstein

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS Winner: Boom, Director: Daniel Matyas & Brian Broder

SXSW Film Design Awards presented by iStockphoto

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN Winner: Man & Gun, Designer: Justin CoxSpecial Jury Recognition: Pitch Black Heist Designer: Andrew Cranston

Audience Award Winner: The Maker, Designer: Christopher Kezelos

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN Winner: Les Bleus de Ramville Designer: Jay Bond, Oily Film Company Inc.

Special Jury Recognition: X-Men: First Class, Designer: Simon Clowes, Prologue Films

Audience Award Winner: Bunraku, Designer: Guilherme Marcondes, Hornet Inc.

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD Winner: The Black Balloon, Director: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD Winners: Megan Griffiths for Eden and Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine

LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD Winner: Bernie, Director: Richard Linklater

Special Jury Recognition: Trash Dance, Director: Andrew Garrison

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP Presented to: Lindsay Utz

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