The Fallout is SXSW Best Narrative Feature

Megan Park wins Best Director

by Jennie Kermode

Best Narrative Feature winner The Fallout
Best Narrative Feature winner The Fallout

"I'm so excited. It's like doesn't seem real. I can't believe that the movie's done, let alone winning awards," Megan Park told Eye For Film today upon learning that The Fallout, which explores a teenager's journey to recovery in the aftermath of a school shooting, had won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest and that she had won the Brightcove Illumination Award for Best Director. "this is like, beyond my literal, wildest expectations."

"Megan Park delivers a timely, riveting, and thought-provoking film on the toll it takes on a teenager who is facing a world where they no longer feel safe," said the jury, reflecting on their decision. "It is an intense, moving piece that highlights an important issue to which one can’t help but feel connected."

The Fallout was shot during lockdown and this edition of SXSW has been held entirely online. "Janet Pierson, Director of Film, said “We are thrilled we could launch great new projects and talent in this pandemic year, and hope the films, sessions, music, and gatherings online and in virtual reality, showcased the resilience, perseverance, and creativity of our community.”

SXSW film awards:-

Best Narrative Feature

Brightcove Illumination Award for Best Director

Special Jury Recognition for Multi-hyphenate Storyteller

  • Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina, I'm Fine (Thanks For Asking)

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance

  • Rogelio Balagtas, Islands

Best Documentary Feature

  • Lily Topples The World

Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling

  • Introducing, Selma Blair

Special Jury Recognition for Humanity in Social Action

  • Not Going Quietly

Best Narrative Short

  • Play It Safe

Best Documentary Short

  • Águilas

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