SXSW Film Festival Showcases Talented Filmmakers

For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed Film & TV Festival program. Running concurrently with the SXSW Conference, Music and Comedy Festivals, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a wide array of industry experts, making the Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation. The festival runs from March 10-18, 2023 in Austin, Texas. 


The 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival lineup offers a glimpse into the future of film, showcasing emerging storytellers and cinematic trends. March 10-19 Austin, TX will host everyone from iconic industry leaders to ambitious student filmmakers brought together by their love for storytelling.


Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

  • Bottoms
    Director: Emma Seligman, Producers: Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Alison Small, Screenwriters: Emma Seligman, Rachel Sennott
  • Tetris
    Director: Jon S. Baird, Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Gillian Berrie, Claudia Vaughn, Len Blavatnik, Gregor Cameron, Screenwriter: Noah Pink

Narrative Spotlight

High profile narrative features receiving their World, International, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

  • Appendage
    Director/Screenwriter: Anna Zlokovic, Producers: David Worthen Brooks, Arbi Pedrossian, Jenna Cavelle, Katrina Kudlick, Alex Familian, Hadley Robinson, Anna Zlokovic
  • Blackberry
    Director: Matt Johnson, Producers: Niv Fichman, Matthew Miller, Fraser Ash, Kevin Krikst, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Matthew Miller
  • Cora Bora
    Director: Hannah Pearl Utt, Producers: Mallory Schwartz, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Screenwriter: Rhianon Jones
  • Hail Mary
    Director: Rosemary Rodriguez, Producer: Karina Miller, Screenwriter: Knate Lee
  • The Long Game
    Director: Julio Quintana, Producers: Javier Chapa, Ben Howard, Marla Quintana, Dennis Quaid, Laura Quaid, Screenwriters: Julio Quintana, Jennifer C. Stetson, Paco Farias
  • National Anthem
    Director: Luke Gilford, Producers: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Kevin Garland, Gina Marcheschi, Jasmine Daghighian, Screenwriters: David Largman Murray, Kevin Best, Luke Gilford
  • Northern Comfort (Germany, Iceland, United Kingdom)
    Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Producers: Grímar Jónsson, Sol Bondy, Fred Burle, Mike Goodridge, Screenwriters: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Halldór Laxness Halldórsson, Tobias Munthe
  • Peak Season
    Directors: Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter, Producers: Lovell Holder, Patrick Ward, Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter, Screenwriter: Henry Loevner
  • This Closeness
    Director/Screenwriter: Kit Zauhar, Producer: Ani Schroeter
  • War Pony
    Directors: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Producers: Willi White, Bert Hamelinck, Ryan Zacarias, Sacha Ben Harroche, Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, Screenwriters: Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy, Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
  • You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder
    Director: Emma Westenberg Producers: Mark Amin, Christine Vachon, Clara McGregor, Vera Bulder, Greg Lauritano, Mason Plotts, Cami Winikoff, Screenwriter: Ruby Caster

Documentary Spotlight

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, International, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

  • Art for Everybody
    Director: Miranda Yousef, Producers: Morgan Neville, Tim Rummel
  • Black Barbie: A Documentary
    Director/Screenwriter: Lagueria Davis, Producers: Aaliyah Williams, Lagueria Davis
  • Citizen Sleuth
    Director: Chris Kasick, Producers: Chris Kasick, Tyler Davidson, Fabiola Washburn, Drew Sykes, Jared Washburn
  • Satan Wants You
    Directors/Screenwriters: Sean Horlor, Steve J. Adams, Producers: Michael Grand, Melissa James
  • This World is Not My Own
    Directors: Petter Ringbom, Marquise Stillwell, Producer: Ruchi Mital, Screenwriters: Ruchi Mital, Petter Ringbom
  • Wild Life
    Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Producers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Jimmy Chin, Bob Eisenhardt, Anna Barnes
  • You Can Call Me Bill
    Director/Screenwriter: Alexandre O. Philippe, Producers: Kerry Deignan Roy, Jeff Annison


Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – eight provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

  • Furies
    Director: Veronica Ngo (Ngo Thanh Van), Producers: Giang Ho, Bey Logan, Screenwriters: Ngo Thanh Van, Aaron Toronto, Uyen Nguyen Nha Ly, Thach Ngoc Nguyen, Nhan Truong Nguyen


Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who defy traditional categorization in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

  • The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster
    Director/Screenwriter: Bomani J. Story, Producers: Jack Davis, Darren Brandl, Bomani J. Story
  • Anhell69
    Director/Screenwriter: Theo Montoya, Producers: Bianca Oana, David Hurst, Theo Montoya, Juan Pablo Castrillon, Balthasar Busmann, Maximilian Haslberger
  • The Artifice Girl
    Director/Screenwriter: Franklin Ritch, Producers: Aaron B. Koontz, Ashleigh Snead
  • Caterpillar
    Director: Liza Mandelup, Producers: Jay Van Hoy, Matthew Cherchio, Liza Mandelup
  • Chronicles of a Wandering Saint
    Director/Screenwriter: Tomas Gomez Bustillo, Producers: Gewan Brown, Amanda Freedman
  • Molli And Max In The Future
    Director/Screenwriter: Michael Lukk Litwak, Producers: Candice Kuwahara, Ben J. Murphy, Mallory Schwartz, Kate Geller, Michael Lukk Litwak
  • Tobacco Barns
    Director/Screenwriter: Rocío Mesa, Producers: Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo
  • Until Branches Bend
    Director/Screenwriter: Sophie Jarvis, Producers: Tyler Hagan, Sara Blake, Magali Gillon-Krizaj, Michela Pini, Olga Lamontanara
  • With Love and a Major Organ
    Director: Kim Albright, Producer: Madeleine Davis, Screenwriter: Julia Lederer
  • The Young Wife
    Director/Screenwriter: Tayarisha Poe, Producers: Anne Carey, Tayarisha Poe

24 Beats Per Second

Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

  • 299 Queen Street West
    Director: Sean Menard, Producers: Sean Menard, Molly Ye
  • Hung Up on a Dream
    Director: Robert Schwartzman, Producers: Russell Wayne Groves, Robert Schwartzman
  • Joan Baez I Am A Noise
    Directors: Karen O’Connor, Miri Navasky, Maeve O’Boyle, Producers: Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor
  • Louder Than You Think
    Director: Jed I. Rosenberg, Producers: Jeffrey Lewis Clark, Brian Thalken, Kelly Thomas, Screenwriters: Jed I. Rosenberg, Greg King
  • Love To Love You, Donna Summer
    Directors: Roger Ross Williams, Brooklyn Sudano, Producers: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, David Blackman, Roger Ross Williams, J. Daniel Torres
  • Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes
    Directors/Producers: Samuel Pollard, Ben Shapiro
  • Rebelión
    Director: José Luis Rugeles Gracia, Producer: Federico Durán Amorocho, Screenwriters: José Luis Rugeles, Chucky García, Martín Mauregui
  • Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World
    Director: Ron Chapman, Producers: Trish Dolman, Ron Chapman, Sally Blake, Screenwriter: Phyllis Ellis

Global presented by MUBI

A diverse selection of international filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more. MUBI — the curated streaming platform that presents a new hand-picked film every day — is sponsoring the Global section.

  • Ek Jagah ApniDirectors/Producers: Ektara Collective, Screenwriters: Rinchin, Maheen MirzaKite Zo A
    Director: Kaveh Nabatian, Producers: Kaveh Nabatian, Zach Niles, Joseph Ray, Screenwriter: Wood-Jerry Gabriel

    My Drywall Cocoon
    Director/Screenwriter: Caroline Fioratti, Producers: Rui Pires, André Montenegro

    The Ordinaries
    Director: Sophie Linnenbaum, Producers: Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe, Screenwriters: Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky

    Sister & Sister
    Director/Screenwriter: Kattia G. Zúñiga, Producers: Alejo Crisóstomo, Kattia G. Zúñiga, Isabella Gálvez Peñafiel, Said Isaac

Festival Favorites

Acclaimed standouts from festivals around the world.

  • Fancy DanceDirector: Erica Tremblay, Producers: Deidre Backs, Erica Tremblay, Heather Rae, Nina Yang-Bongiovi, Tommy Oliver, Screenwriters: Erica Tremblay, Miciana AliseFood and Country
    Director: Laura Gabbert, Producers: Laura Gabbert, Ruth Reichl, Paula P. Manzanedo, Caroline Libresco

    Director: Babak Jalali, Producers: Marjaneh Moghimi, Sudnya Shroff, Rachael Fung, George Rush, Chris Martin, Laura Wagner, Screenwriters: Carolina Cavalli, Babak Jalali

    Going Varsity in Mariachi
    Directors: Alejandra Vasquez, Sam Osborn, Producers: Julia Pontecorvo, Luis A. Miranda Jr., James Lawler

    Is There Anybody Out There?
    Director: Ella Glendining, Producer: Janine Marmot

    It’s Only Life After All
    Director: Alexandria Bombach, Producers: Kathlyn Horan, Jess Devaney, Anya Rous

    Kokomo City
    Director: D. Smith, Producers: D. Smith, Harris Doran, Bill Butler

    Little Richard: I Am Everything
    Director: Lisa Cortes, Producers: Robert Friedman, Caryn Capotosto, Liz Yale Marsh, Lisa Cortes

    No Ordinary Campaign
    Director: Christopher Burke, Producer: Tim Rummel

    Plan C
    Director/Producer: Tracy Droz Tragos

    Robert Irwin: A Desert Of Pure Feeling
    Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Lane, Producers: David Hollander, Jennifer Lane, Joseph Cashiola, Arne Glimcher

    The Starling Girl
    Director/Screenwriter: Laurel Parmet, Producers: Kara Durrett, Kevin Rowe

    STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie
    Director: Davis Guggenheim, Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Annetta Marion, Jonathan King, Will Cohen

    Theater Camp
    Directors: Nick Lieberman, Molly Gordon, Producers: Will Ferrell, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Ben Platt, Erik Feig, Samie Kim Falvey, Julia Hamme, Ryan Heller, Maria Zuckerman, Jessica Elbaum, Screenwriters: Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Ben Platt

TV Premieres

Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release.

  • American Born Chinese
    Showrunner: Kelvin Yu, Directors: Destin Daniel Cretton, Dinh Thai, Producers: Kelvin Yu, Destin Daniel Cretton, Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Erin O’Malley, Asher Goldstein, Gene Luen Yang
  • A Small Light
    Showrunners: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, Directors: Susanna Fogel, Leslie Hope, Tony Phelan, Producers: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, Susanna Fogel, Traugott, Lisa Roos, Alon Shtruzman, Avi Ni, Screenwriters: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, William Harper, Ben Esler, Alyssa Margarite Jacobson
  • Beef
    Showrunner: Lee Sung Jin, Directors: Jake Schreier, Hikari, Lee Sung Jin, Producers: Lee Sung Jin, Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, Jake Schreier
  • The Big Door Prize
    Showrunner: David West Read, Directors: Anu Valia, Molly McGlynn, Producers: Matthew Spiegel, Screenwriters: David West Read, Sarah Walker, Craig Rowin
  • Love & Death
    Showrunner/Screenwriter: David E. Kelley, Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
  • The Luckiest Guy in the World
    Director: Steve James, Producers: Zak Piper, Steve James
  • Lucky Hank
    Showrunners: Aaron Zelman, Paul Lieberstein, Director: Peter Farrelly, Producers: Aaron Zelman, Paul Lieberstein, Bob Odenkirk, Peter Farrelly, Mark Johnson, Richard Russo, Naomi Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero
  • Rabbit Hole
    Showrunners/Directors/Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Swarm
    Showrunner: Janine Nabers, Directors: Donald Glover, Adamma Ebo, Screenwriters: Janine Nabers, Jamal Olori, Producers: Donald Glover, Janine Nabers, Stephen Glover, Fam Udeorji, Steven Prinz, Michael Schaefer

TV Spotlight

Presenting world premieres of new seasons of prestige series.

  • Demascus
    Showrunner: Tearrance Chisholm, Kirk Moore, Directors: Solvan “Slick” Naim, Theodore Witcher, Producers: Tearrance Chisholm, Kirk Moore, Mark Johnson, Myki Bajaj
  • Shatter Belt
    Showrunner/Director/Screenwriter: James Ward Byrkit, Producers: James Ward Byrkit, Alyssa Byrkit, Olaf Carlson-Wee, Tom Cline, Laura Evans.

Documentary Shorts Competition

Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

XR Experience Spotlight

Shining a spotlight on acclaimed immersive projects.

  • From The Main Square
    Director: Pedro Harres, Producer: Lorena Junghans, Screenwriters: Angelina Urbanczyk, Pedro Harres, Rafael Loss
  • J Balvin Futurum: A VR Concert Experience
  • MLK: Now Is The Time
    Director: Limbert Fabian, Producers: Matthew O’Rourke, Sulivan Parker, Screenwriter: Andrina Wekontash Smith
  • Symbiosis
    Directors: Marcel van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord, Producer: Corine Meijers, Screenwriter: Marcel van Brakel

XR Experience Special Events

Register to attend SXSW 2023 and stay tuned to SXSW News for more announcements throughout the season.

Competition Awards

The Narrative Feature Competition, the Documentary Feature Competition, Poster Design, and Special Awards will be announced on Tuesday, March 14 along with all the Short Film Program winners, which are eligible for Jury Awards within their respective screening categories. All film categories will be eligible for category-specific Audience Awards, which will be certified by the accounting firm of Maxwell Locke & Ritter and announced via the following week.


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