And we're off!
The grand adventure continues, as we announce the lion’s share of the 2014 SXSW Film Features Program. We're confident that these 115 titles represent the dynamic vision, whip-smart insight and entertaining new filmmaking talent audiences have come to expect from SXSW.
Among those you'll find a whopping 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres, selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions. First-time filmmakers account for 68 films in the program, continuing our tradition of unearthing the nascent talent of tomorrow.
New for 2014, we’re introducing our new Episodic category, created to highlight innovative new work hitting the small screen, including HBO’s Silicon Valley (pictured right), Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, Hulu’s Deadbeat, FOX’s COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, debuting on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network.
Episodic joins another new component for 2014, SXsports, a Convergent sports-focused track open to all Film and Interactive registrants featuring screenings and panel elements encompassing the multitude of ways that sports embody such an essential part of the cultural landscape. Films screening as a part of SXsports appear in a variety of sections, and are denoted with an asterisk.
Other highlights include the worldwide debut of Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors, Michael & Peter Spierig’s Predestination, Diego Luna’s CESAR CHAVEZ, Neil Berkeley’s Harmontown, Liz Tuccillo’s Take Care, Elijah Drenner’s That Guy Dick Miller, Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76, Florian Habicht’s Sheffield: Sex City, Nacho Vigilondo’s Open Windows, Angus MacQueen & Guillermo Galdos’s The Legend of Shorty, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality, Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution of a Criminal, Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, Mike Myers’ Supermensch, David Gordon Green’s Joe, John Ridley’s JIMI: All Is By My Side and a special screening of 1954’s Godzilla: The Japanese Original, with a Q&A following with 2014 Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.
And we’re not done yet - we’ll reveal the Midnighter features section and our Short Film program next Wednesday, February 5, right here at sxsw.com/film. The complete Film Conference program and final schedule details will be released on Wednesday, February 12. Check out the full list of films, get your Badge, make your schedule and we'll see you in March!
Predestination photo by Ben King
Silicon Valley photo by Isabella Vosmikova