Short Term 12, Destin Cretton‘s bittersweet drama about a group of troubled adolescents and the adults who look after them at a short term housing facility, walked away with the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 SXSW Film Awards on Tuesday night.
The film, which features brilliant, star-making turns from its young, talented cast (including Kaitlyn Dever, John Gallagher Jr., and a breakout performance from Brie Larson), seemed to touch a nerve with SXSW audiences. Short Term 12, which is based loosely off of Cretton’s own experiences working in that sort of environment, was nothing short of a heartbreaking crowd-pleaser in Austin, where it made its world debut.
Other big winners at the film awards included Burma, a drama about family secrets coming to the surface, won Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast. Burma‘s impressive ensemble includes the likes of Gaby Hoffman, Dan Bittner, and Girls star Christopher Abbott.
Check out the full list of SXSW 2013 Film Award winners here, and stay tuned to Hollywood.com throughout the week for even more movie reviews, interviews with the stars, and our own picks for the best (and worst) flicks of SXSW.
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