SXSW Festival Lineup Unveiled
The 23rd iteration of the Austin-based film festival will feature 137 features, with 89 world premieres.
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced its 2016 lineup.
This year's slate will include 137 features, with 89 world premieres across 12 sections, including Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Midnighters and Episodic.
"We look for different types of voices and different people making the films," Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. "There are many different layers of criteria, but what has to happen is you have to get affected by the work."
Of this year's pics, 52 were done by first-time filmmakers. Highlights include comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Don't Think Twice, Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence and Todd Bieber’s Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon. The lineup also includes Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition.
Jesse Moss’ The Bandit and Marina Zenovich's Fantastic Lies will screen as a part of the Documentary Spotlight section, alongside previously announced docs Beware the Slenderman and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.
Appearing in the Episodic category, alongside the previously announced Seth Rogen adaptation Preacher, will be Danny McBride’s Vice Principals, John Scott Shepherd's You Me Her and Robert Kirkman's Outcast.
The opening-night selection Everybody Wants Some will come from Austin native Richard Linklater.
"Rick [Linklater] has certainly been involved with SXSW, but we have never been in the position where we have been presenting the world premiere of his work," said Pierson. "It is exciting because we are known for showing funnier films, so it is the perfect marriage for us."
Additional titles will be announced before the fest. The 23rd SXSW is set to run March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. The current lineup can be found here.