Every year during spring break, crowds descend on the city to attend the world-renowned SXSW Conference & Festivals. Consisting of three main components, Interactive, Music and Film, each track brings top creatives and global professionals together to collaborate during this exciting 10-day conference.
"The Son" Premiere at SXSW 2017. Credit Michael Loccisano, Getty Images for SXSW.
This year marks the 25th year for the SXSW Film Festival and programming will run March 9 - 17, 2018. The nine-day festival will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and five U.S. premieres.
There are many high-profile feature films debuting at this year’s SXSW, like John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Wes Anderson’s “Isle of the Dogs,” but the most exciting selections in the lineup are the feature films, television series, documentaries and short films made in Austin or made by Austin filmmakers. Below is the full list of the Austin-related films screening at SXSW (each linked to their SXSW page which includes synopses, screening times and filmmaker bios).
- Support The Girls (World Premiere / Narrative Spotlight / Dir. Andrew Bujalski)
- Friday’s Child (World Premiere / Visions / Dir. A.J. Edwards)
- Blood Fest (World Premiere / Midnighters / Dir. Owen Egerton)
- Thunder Road (World Premiere / Narrative Feature Competition / Dir. Jim Cummings)
- They Live Here, Now (World Premiere / Documentary Spotlight / Dir. Jason Outenreath)
- 1985 (World Premiere / Visions / Dir. Yen Tan)
- Damsel (Festival Favorite / Dir. David Zellner and Nathan Zellner)
- Don’t Leave Home (World Premiere / Visions / Dir. Michael Tully)
- Blaze (24 Beats Per Second / Dir. Ethan Hawke)
- Isle of the Dogs (North American Premiere / Headliners / Dir. Wes Anderson)
- Together (World Premiere / Virtual Cinema / Dir. Terrence Malick)
- Come & Take It (World Premiere / Texas Shorts Competition / Dir. Ellen Spiro and PJ Raval)
- The Mangina Exit (World Premiere / Midnight Shorts Competition / Dir. Byron Brown)
- An Uncertain Future (Texas Shorts Competition / Dir. Iliana Sosa and Chelsea Hernandez)
- Maude (Texas Shorts Competition / Dir. Anna Margaret Hollyman)
- Roadside Attraction (Documentary Shorts Competition / Dir. Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas)
- Nice Ass (World Premiere / Texas Shorts Competition / Dir. Carlyn Hudson)
- Hold To Your Best Self (World Premiere / Independent Episodics / Dir. Emily Hagins)
- Liberty Hill (World Premiere / Texas Shorts Competition / Dir. Katie Graham)
No badge? No worries. Enjoy the SXSW Film Community Screenings, which are free and open to the public. Screenings include:
- ACC Sneak Peeks – Showcase of shorts by students from Austin Community College.
- AFS ShortCase – Program of short films produced by Austin Film Society MAKE members.
- Austin School of Film Community Works – Selected works from Austin School of Film’s courses.
- Face of Austin 2018 – Short films by local filmmakers reflecting the diversity of our city.
- Texas High School Shorts
- UT Radio-Television-Film Longhorn Denius Student Showcase - a rich diversity of recent student films from The University of Texas at Austin's RTF department.
To purchase a SXSW badge/wristband or find more info on screenings and the conference, head to: sxsw.com/film.
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Contributed by Samantha Been.