Destin Daniel Crettin’s SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award winner features a breakout turn by Brie Larson as a social worker battling her own demons. Short Term 12 is writer-director Crettin’s sophomore film after the Sundance 2012 selection I Am Not A Hipster. Cinedigm is plotting a late summer theatrical release. The pic also stars Kaitlyn Dever, John Gallagher Jr, Rami Malek, and Keith Stanfield. Maren Olson and Asher Goldstein produced for Traction Media with Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and Ron Najor. Frederick W. Green, Douglas Stone, and David Kaplan executive produced. Cinedigm’s VP of Theatrical Acquisitions Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal with Traction Media and Cinetic. Cretton is repped by WME, manager Jonathan Hung, and Chad Christopher of SMGSB.
On the closing day of SXSW 2013, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 added an Audience Award to its Narrative Grand Jury Prize. Kid golfing docu The Short Game nabbed the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature (watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer premiere for the pic here), while the first pick-up of the fest, Cheap Thrills, scored the Midnighters audience prize. Full Audience Award winners list below.
Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, featuring a breakout turn by Brie Larson, nabbed top narrative honors at the 2013 SXSW Film Awards held tonight at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. Cretton’s script won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and was based on his own Sundance-winning short. In the docu competition, Ben Nabors’ Kickstarter-backed William And The Windmill won the Grand Jury Prize for its profile of William Kamkwamba, the teenage Malawian inventor who took TEDGlobal by storm in 2007. The fest unveiled juried award honors in narrative and documentary feature, short film, design, and special categories. SXSW is an Oscar- and BAFTA-qualifying shorts festival and the winning narrative, documentary, and animated shorts will be eligible for the Academy Awards and Orange British Academy Film Awards. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival hosted 133 feature films and 110 shorts and continues through Saturday, March 16; Audience Award winners will be announced that day. Scroll down for full list of winners.