The 2021 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) started on March 16th and ended on 20th. SXSW is Academy Award Qualifying with Best Animated Short, Best Narrative Short.

Winners have been announced. We are as always listing only the short films.

Short Film Grand Jury Awards

Narrative Shorts

Winner
Play it safe by Mitch Kalisa

Special Jury Recognition for Visionary Storytelling
Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma by Topaz Jones, rubberband.

Special Jury Recognition for Direction
Like the Ones I Used to Know by Annie St-Pierre

Documentary Shorts

Winner
Águilas by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre

Special Jury Recognition for Courage
Red Taxi by Anonymous

Special Jury Recognition for Poetry
I Ran From It and Was Still in It by Darol Olu Kae

Midnight Shorts

Winner
The Moogai by Jon Bell

Special Jury Recognition for Bold Vision
Stuffed by Theo Rhys

Animated Shorts

Winner
Nuevo Rico by Kristian Mercado

Special Jury Recognition for Innovation
KKUM by Kang Min Kim

Special Jury Recognition for Storytelling
Your Own Bullshit by Daria Kopiec

Music Videos

Winner
Madame Gandhi – ‘Waiting for Me’ by Misha Ghose

Special Jury Recognition for How the Hell Did They Do That?!
Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo – ‘Always’ by Nelson de Castro

Special Jury Recognition for Pure Joy
Kuricorder Quartet – ‘Southpaw’ by Sawako Kabuki

Texas Shorts

Winner
Summer Animals by Haley Elizabeth Anderson

Special Jury Recognition for Vision
O Black Hole! by Renee Zhan

Texas High School Shorts

Winner
A Really Dark Comedy by Manasi Ughadmathe

Special Jury Recognition for Directing
Beyond the Model by Jessica Lin

Sxsw Film Design Awards Presented By Adobe

Title Design Competition

Special Jury Recognition
The Box by James Burns, Shal Ngo – Designers: James Burns, Shal Ngo, Aleksander Walijewski

Virtual Cinema Competition

Special Jury Recognition for Immersive Journalism
Reeducated by Sam Wolson

SXWS Special Awards

Mailchimp Support the Shorts Award

Mailchimp Support the Shorts Award Presented to
Chuj Boys of Summer by Max Walker-Silverman

Mailchimp Support the Shorts Special Jury Recognition Presented to
Like the Ones I Used to Know by Annie St-Pierre
Malignant by Morgan Bond, Nickolas Grisham