"Silicon Valley" stock is rising.

Mike Judge's hotly anticipated HBO series, which is set in the land of Google, Netflix, Apple and other high-tech firms, won a major Audience Award at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

"Silicon Valley" won the Audience Award in the Episodic category, which focuses on new TV shows. Judge's series had its world premiere at SXSW.

"Silicon Valley" debuts in April. Read TV critic Chuck Barney's story on the series at www.mercurynews.com/tv.

Here is the list of the 2014 SXSW Audience Award winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Before I Disappear"

Director: Shawn Christensen

Documentary Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: "Vessel"

Director: Diana Whitten

Documentary Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: "DamNation"

Director: Ben Knight and Travis Rummel

Narrative Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: "Cesar Chavez"

Directors: Diego Luna


Audience Award Winner: "Yakona

Director: Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins


Audience Award Winner: "Exists"

Director: Eduardo Sánchez


Audience Award Winner: "Silicon Valley"

Director: Mike Judge


Audience Award Winner: "The Special Need"

Directors: Carlo Zoratti

Festival Favorites


Audience Award Winner: "The Case Against 8"

Director: Ben Cotner and Ryan White

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