South by Southwest Conference and Festivals Announces Lineup for 26th Edition Film Festival

January 16, 2019
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South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the features and episodic premieres lineup for the 26th edition of the Film Festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders every year to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films of the year. Jordan Peele’s Us was previously announced as the Festival’s Opening Night film, while Olivia Wilde, Jessica Brillhart and Marti Noxon have been announced as this year’s Film Keynotes.

The 102 features and episodics in this release will be shown across the nine days of SXSW, with dozens of additional titles to be announced February 6. The complete SXSW Film Festival program typically includes between 320 and 340 total projects. The 2019 program was selected from 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year.

“As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor and tone. We hope that this year’s outstanding array of films from accomplished to emerging talent will entertain, surprise, and provoke.”

Interactive, Film, and Music badges include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference and Festivals experience. With one unified conference that spans 25 tracks of programming SXSW offers more opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery than ever before. SXSW’s next registration deadline is January 18, 2019 at 11:59pm PT. Early registrants benefit from discounted rates. Platinum badges give primary access to all SXSW programming.

Feature films in the SXSW lineup screen in the following categories: Narrative Feature Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Headliners; Narrative Spotlight; Documentary Spotlight; Visions; Midnighters; 24 Beats Per Second; Global; Festival Favorites; and Special Events. The Episodic program consists of Episodic Premieres and the Episodic Pilot Competition.

Films screening in Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Design Competition, Music Videos and late-breaking Features will be announced on February 6. All categories, with the exception of Special Events, will be eligible for section-specific Audience Awards.

A selection of feature highlights include: The Beach Bum directed by Harmony Korine; Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde; Breakthrough directed by Bill Haney; The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves; The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash directed by Thom Zimny; Good Boys directed by Gene Stupnitsky; I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter directed by Erin Lee Carr; J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius directed by Sandy K Boone; Pink Wall directed by Tom Cullen; Sakawa directed by Ben Asamoah; Untitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy directed by Jonathan Levine; and Us directed by Jordan Peele. Episodic premiere highlights: David Makes Man directed by Michael Francis Williams; NOS4A2 directed by Kari Skogland; Shrill directed by Jesse Peretz and Carrie Brownstein; Ramy created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch; and What We Do In the Shadows directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: Alice directed by Josephine Mackerras; Extra Ordinary directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman; Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting; Mickey and the Bear directed by Annabelle Attanasio; Ms. White Light directed by Paul Shoulberg; Pig Hag directed by Sam Probst and Colby Holt; Porno directed by Keola Racela; Saint Frances directed by Alex Thompson; South Mountain directed by Hilary Brougher; and Yes, God, Yes directed by Karen Maine.

The Documentary Feature Competition includes: Ernie & Joe directed by Jenifer McShane; For Sama directed by Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts; Museum Town directed by Jennifer Trainer; Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy directed by Elizabeth Carroll; Stuffed directed by Erin Derham; Tread directed by Paul Solet; Vision Portraits directed by Rodney Evans; We Are The Radical Monarchs directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton; Well Groomed directed by Rebecca Stern; and Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You directed by Harrod Blank and Sjoerd Dijk.

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