Earlier this week, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival released the features lineup for Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete list of short films to debut at this year’s Festival from March 11 to 19 in Austin. The SXSW Film Festival opens March 11 with the premiere of Duncan Jones’ sci-fi thriller Source Code.
La Prensa San Antonio.- Earlier this week, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival released the features lineup for Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete list of short films to debut at this year’s Festival from March 11 to 19 in Austin. The SXSW Film Festival opens March 11 with the premiere of Duncan Jones’ sci-fi thriller Source Code.
By Angela Covo
Two midnight feature programs, with five titles each, will continue the long-standing tradition for the Midnighters section of SXSW. This part of the program regulary uncovers cinematic treasures, hosts premieres and launches careers.
Midnighters is programmed by SXSW Senior Programmer & Conference Manager Jarod Neece.
In 2009, SXSW added the SXFantastic sidebar, a series of midnight films programmed by Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S. Last year, the section introduced the world premieres of Gareth Edward's Monsters and the notorious work, A Serbian Film.
Thanks to SXSW, aficionados get to see some of the best cinematography and amazing, edgy films.
”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson explained. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year's selections are no exception.”
Almost 30 percent more short films were submitted this year than in 2010. Just 150 short films, about 5 percent, made the cut to be screened during the twelve overall shorts programs.
For more information on Midnighters and the complete SXSW Film Lineup (features and shorts), visit www.sxsw.com/film. For more information on SXFantastic and Fantastic Fest, visit www.fantasticfest.com/sxfantastic/.
“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we're tremendously happy to share the final program,” Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone said.
“The short films selected this year delve into the space between families, lovers, strangers and the void within ourselves, examining what those spaces mean, and the length to which we go to fill, cope with, conquer and mend them. We can't wait for the SXSW audiences to experience them!"
SXSW Film features more than 80 sessions of panels and workshops in the Film Conference. and nine full days packed with film screenings.
For details about confirmed sessions selected from proposals submitted via the SXSW PanelPicker™ interface, visit www.sxsw.com/film/talks.
The final panel and conference lineup will be announced on Tuesday, February 15. Visit online www.sxsw.com/film for more information and up-to-the-minute details.