Just three weeks from Friday I'll be arriving at the 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival. As readers of this blog know, of the many I attend each year, few film festivals can beat SXSW for sheer enjoyment, both in the quality of the program as well as the kickass rock 'n roll setting in which it takes place. This will be my seventh year and I'm looking forward to heading back down to Austin, Texas, sitting in darkened theaters, and partying with true film lovers.
The excitement kicks off March 9 with nine days of the best that today's cutting-edge filmmakers have to offer. This year's lineup consists of 132 full-length features, including 58 films from first-time directors. There are 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres, and 11 U.S. Premieres. These were selected from a record 1,957 submissions, including 1,387 from the U.S. and 570 international features. 138 shorts have been chosen out of 3,306 submissions to screen in 12 shorts programs. Submissions overall went up 7% to a total of 5,243. For the first time, Audience Awards will be selected in all categories.
The Opening Night Film
will be the World Premiere of The Cabin in the Woods
, the directorial debut of writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias
). Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, the thriller stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. A handful of other titles, including the World Premiere of the HBO series Girls
from writer/director Lena Dunham, winner of the SXSW 2010 Audience Award for Tiny Furniture
, were revealed
in mid-January. Then the complete lineup
of feature films was announced (except for Midnighters), including the World Premiere of 21 Jump Street
on March 12 as the Centerpiece Film. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, and Ice Cube, the movie will be released through Columbia and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express
, featuring Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, will be the official Closing Night Film on March 17. Features in the Midnighters section, along with the complete list of short films, were announced last week
. Earlier today, the Film Conference and Festival Panels were unveiled
along with additional features and shorts.
Now I'm pleased to reveal the complete schedule of film screenings and panels, including locations, dates, and times. Time to get out your calendars!
The festival runs from March 9-17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
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