SXSW 2020 Official Short Films Screened Online


Attention spans are likely at an all-time low, thanks to the stress of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic and millions under shelter-at-home order. So what could be better than short divertissements?

Digital marketing company Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have created a digital home for the short films that would have been screened at the SXSW 2020 Film Festival in Austin. The sprawling, multi-pronged festival was cancelled on March 6, a week before its March 13 opening, when Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared a local disaster due to the pandemic.

You can see all the SXSW 2020 short films at

However despite its cancellation, the film festival’s jury and special awards were nevertheless made. See all the awards at

SXSW 2020 Short Film Grand Jury Awards

Narrative Shorts

Winner: White Eye
Director: Tomer Shushan

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Dirty
Director: Matthew Puccini
Actors: Morgan Sullivan, Manny Dunn

Special Jury Recognition: Darling
Director: Saim Sadiq

Special Jury Recognition: Single
Director: Ashley Eakin

Documentary Shorts

Winner: No Crying at the Dinner Table
Director: Carol Nguyen

Special Jury Recognition: Mizuko
Directors: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane

Special Jury RecognitionDía de la Madre
Directors: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne

Midnight Shorts

Winner: Regret
Director: Santiago Menghini

Special Jury Recognition: Laura Hasn’t Slept
Director: Parker Finn

Special Jury Recognition for Creature Design: Stucco
Directors: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling

Animated Shorts

Winner: Symbiosis
Director: Nadja Andrasev

Special Jury Recognition: No, I Don’t Want to Dance!
Director: Andrea Vinciguerra

Special Jury Recognition: The Shawl
Director: Sara Kiener

Music Videos

Winner: 070 Shake – ‘Nice to Have’
Director: Noah Lee

Special Jury Recognition for Animation: Mitski – ‘A Pearl’
Directors: Saad Moosajee, Art Camp

Special Jury Recognition for Direction: The Lumineers – ‘Gloria’
Director: Kevin Phillips

Texas Shorts

Winner: Just Hold On
Directors: Sam Davis, Rayka Zehtabchi

Special Jury Recognition: Coup d’etat Math
Director: Sai Selvarajan

Texas High School Shorts

Winner: Wish Upon a Snowman
Director: Miu Nakata

Special Jury Recognition for NarrativeUltimatum
Director: Kai Hashimoto

Special Jury Recognition for DocumentaryUnveiled
Director: Sofia Bajwa

Special Jury Recognition for AnimationThe Orchard
Director: Zeke French

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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