The SXSW Gamechanger Award honors outstanding women directors at the South By Southwest Film Festival. Presented annually, women directors or co-directors of narrative features screening at SXSW are eligible to opt in for consideration for the award, which comes with a cash prize of $2,500. In 2017 and 2018, Gamechanger partnered with LUNA® to increase the cash prize to $10,000!
The 2018 SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award went to Olivia Newman for First Match.
Synopsis: Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father.
Written & Directed by: Olivia Newman
Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Producers: Chanelle Elaine, Veronica Nickel, Bryan Unkeless
The previous recipients of the SXSW Gamechanger Award are:
* 2017: Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, Inflame (Kaygı)
* 2016: Sophie Goodhart, My Blind Brother
* 2015: Yvonne Kerékgyártó, Free Entry
* 2014: Jen McGowan, Kelly & Cal
* 2014: Kat Candler, Hellion (Honorable Mention)
Gamechanger inherited the award from Chicken & Egg Pictures. Formerly known as the “Chicken & Egg Pictures Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award,” it was given to six honorees at SXSW from 2009 to 2013:
* 2013: Hannah Fidell, A Teacher
* 2012: Megan Griffiths, Eden & Amy Seimetz, Sun Don’t Shine (tie)
* 2011: Sophia Takal, Green
* 2010: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
* 2009: Judi Krant, Made in China
Additionally, two “Chicken & Egg Pictures We Believe in You” special jury awards were given during this period to:
* Katie Graham, Zero Charisma
* Martha Stephens, Passenger Pigeons