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.
The 2016 SXSW Gamechanger Award went to Sophie Goodhart for her debut feature, My Blind Brother.
Synopsis: Love for the same woman creates a rift between an over-achieving blind athlete and his resentful brother.
Written & Directed by: Sophie Goodhart
Cast: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Hewson, Maryann Nagel, Greg Violand
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Tory Tunnell
The previous recipients of the SXSW Gamechanger Award are:
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