We've Got Chills: Midnighter Features & Short Films Announced

Written by Jim Kolmar | February 5, 2014
Narrative Shorts selection SEND, courtesy Peter Vack

Good things come to those who wait. Announcing the 2014 SXSW Midnighters & Short Film Program!

We're following up last week's bout of film titles in the SXSW 2014 lineup with a swift sucker-punch comprised of 10 Midnighters, 8 of which are World Premieres, and our full program of short films - 113 titles that will show in eleven curated shorts programs, selected from a record 4,249 submissions.

Midnighters are always a key component of the event, delivering scares, blood, guts and mayhem, ushering in new talents, and celebrating established genre auteurs. Choose your poison - the bloody moral conundrums of 13 Sins? The beastly thrills of Exists? Or maybe you're more of a satanic type; Home is for you! There’s a film for each taste, and Midnighters programmer Jarod Neece says, they’re all destined to “scare the crap out of you in the wee hours of the night.” You can see the full lineup at the bottom of this post, and on the full lineup page.

Meanwhile, our reliably diverse and dynamic Short Film programs promise to deliver the goods. According to Shorts Programmer Claudette Godfrey, these films “all create a palpable tension” in their own ways, to keep audiences “on edge of their seat, waiting, anticipating, surprised and inspired". Check out the full breadth of the programs on our film lineup page.

Wanna know more about SXSW Film 2014? Your friendly neighborhood SXSW Film Team will be primed and ready to answer all your burning questions in a reddit iAmA next Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm EST. Get your thinking caps on and meet us there for a chat!

See you there! Head to this page for your badge, and make sure you’re first in line.

Browse Shorts Here

SXSW 2014 Midnighters:

13 Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th.
Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash

Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.
Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

The Guest
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett

A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

Home
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy

When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil.
Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)

Honeymoon
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei

Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown (World Premiere)

Late Phases
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze

When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest (World Premiere)

Oculus
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard

As children, two siblings witnessed their parents' harrowing descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass - a legendary mirror their parents owned.
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)

Stage Fright
Director: Jerome Sable

Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. "Scream" meets "Glee" in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical.
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman (World Premiere)

Starry Eyes
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.
Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World Premiere)

Image from Narrative Short SEND, image courtesy Peter Vack