'Tiny Furniture,' 'Brotherhood' top feature prizes

The South by Southwest Film Festival handed out round one of its juried and aud awards Tuesday, with helmer Lena Dunham nabbing the Narrative Feature prize and SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director award for her Gotham-set sophomore comedy “Tiny Furniture.”

Narrative competition jury bestowed a special award to the cast of David Robert Mitchell’s “Myth of the American Sleepover” and to thesp Brian Hasenfus for his perf in Garth Donovan’s “Phillip the Fossil.”

Jeff Malmberg’s “Marwencol,” about a man who builds a WWII-era fantasy town as therapy after a serious brain injury, won the docu feature prize, with the jury naming Rebecca Richman Cohen’s “War Don Don” runner-up.

Aud prize for feature film went to Will Canon’s drama “Brotherhood,” while Jim Bigham and Mark Moorman’s “For Once in My Life” received the docu award. Aud prizes in the fest’s other program strands will be announced Monday.

The 2010 SXSW Film Festival presents 134 features, including 64 world preems and 130 shorts. SXSW Film runs though Friday.

Below is a list of SXSW Film Award winners announced tonight:

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (JURY AWARD)

Winner: “Marwencol” (director Jeff Malmberg)

Runner-up: “War Don Don” (director Rebecca Richman Cohen)

NARRATIVE FEATURE (JURY AWARD)

Winner: “Tiny Furniture” (director Lena Dunham)

Special Jury Award – Best Ensemble: “Myth of the American Sleepover” (director David Robert Mitchell)

Special Jury Award – Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in “Phillip the Fossil” (director Garth Donovan)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (Audience Award)

Winner: “For Once in My Life” (director Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann)

NARRATIVE FEATURE (Audience Award)

Winner: “Brotherhood” (director: Will Canon)

NARRATIVE SHORTS (Jury award)

Winner: “Cigarette Candy” (director Lauren Wolkstein)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (Jury Award)

Winner: “Quadrangle” (director Amny Grappell)

ANIMATED SHORTS (Jury Award)

Winner: “The Orange” (director Nick Fox-Gieg)

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (Jury Award)

Winner: Night Mayor (director Guy Maddin)

TEXAS SHORTS (Jury Award)

Winner: “Petting Sharks” (director Craig Elrod)

Director: Whitney Bennett & Matthew Cunningham

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD

Winner: “Quadrangle” (director Amy Grappell)

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD

Winner: Lena Dunham for “Tiny Furniture”

Special Award – The Chicken & Egg Pictures “We Believe in You” Award:

Martha Stephens for “Passenger Pigeons”

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