March 18, 2009 / 5:57 AM / 10 years ago

"Made in China" tops SXSW awards

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Judi Krant’s “Made in China,” a comedy about an inventor lost in Shanghai, took the jury prize for best narrative feature at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, which held its awards ceremony Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

The film also earned a special jury award called the SXSW/Chicken & Egg Emergent Woman Award.

The jury prize for documentary feature went to Bill Ross’ “45365,” which offers a look at everyday life in the Middle American town of Sidney, Ohio.

The winner of the narrative feature audience award was Scott Teems’ “That Evening Sun,” the story of a grudge match between two old foes, which also earned an honorable mention from the jury. The winner of the documentary feature audience award was Geralyn Pezanoski’s “MINE,” about the fate of pets adopted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The jury also awarded an honorable mention to the doc “The Way We Get By.” Another audience award was handed out to Jennifer Steinman’s “Motherland,” about six grieving mothers who travel to Africa, which picked up the Emerging Visions Award.

Two more audience awards, in the 24 Beats Per Second and Lone Star States categories, will be announced Friday.

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