SXSW Film Festival News

Today is the final day of the 2013 South by SouthWest Film Conference and Festival and it comes to a close with the announcement of the audience awards for the 20th annual Austin film fest.

Earlier this week, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 won the Jury Award for Narrative Feature and it followed that up by also taking the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature category. The movie stars Brie Larson as the supervisor at a foster care home for teenagers who bonds with a new girl at the facility that helps her get over her own troubled past.

The 20th Annual South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin is coming to an end, which makes this as good a time as any to look back at this year's festival and see how it fared compared to other festivals.

For us, the festival really acted like catch-up from the Sundance Film Festival, which we skipped this year, so lots of the movies we saw from Jeff Nicholl's Mud to Shane Carruth's Upstream Color to David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche and Richard Linklater's Before Midnight were movies that had already been seen and raved about from other film festivals.

Still, there were plenty of high profile world premieres of movies looking for distribution including Bryan Poyser's The Bounceback, Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, Eric Heisserer's Hours, Daniel Mazer's I Give It a Year and lots more.

The South by SouthWest Film Festival still runs for a few more days but for ComingSoon.net it's quickly coming to a close as we return to our regularly-scheduled theatrical film coverage but we wanted to share three more reviews of movies we saw over the last couple days, two of them from the United Kingdom and one from the States.

First, we have the Working Title Pictures relationship comedy I Give It A Year, written and directed by Borat co-writer Dan Mazer, then we have Good Vibrations, a look at the Irish punk scene of the late ‘70s, and lastly, we have a Paul Walker thriller called Hours.

ComingSoon.net has an exclusive video interview with a href="http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=85748">Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine and his wife Rachel, talking about making the edgy Florida-based crime thriller which stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and James Franco. It opens in New York and L.A. on Friday, March 15, and elsewhere in the country on March 22.

Harmony and Rachel have been doing the rounds for the movie which eventually brought them to the SXSW, where Spring Breakers had its U.S. Premiere. That's also where ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with the Korines to talk about making the film.

Even though she's been acting since the age of 8, most moviegoers only began to discover actress Sara Paxton in the mid-00s when she starred on the show "Darcy's Wild Life" and in 'tween comedies like Aquamarine and Sydney White. She then transitioned into horror with roles in movies like Shark Knight 3D and The Last House on the Left, but appearing in Ti West's lower budget 2010 flick The Innkeepers really put Paxton on the map as someone who could do great character work without relying on big gimmicks.

Maybe that's why Paxton is back at South by SouthWest for the second time, having previously been here two years ago with The Innkeepers. This time, she's in two movies that have been getting attention, Bryan Poyser's comedy The Bounceback and E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills, which was the first movie that sold at SXSW to Drafthouse Films.

It's been a pretty long journey for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's home invasion thriller You're Next since it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011, but Lionsgate has started to gear up for the movie's August 23rd release with another boisterous midnight screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

South by Southwest is four days in and we have been trying to see as many movies as humanly possible, but we've also had some time to sit down with a few native Austin filmmakers who decided to shoot their very different films in and around their hometown. Bryan Poyser is returning to South by Southwest with The Bounceback while Hannah Fidell's at the festival with her second movie, the drama A Teacher.

The first three days of the South by Southwest Film Festival hit like gangbusters with the world premieres of a number of movies as well as a couple returning favorites from other festivals. On Day 1, I finally caught Shane Carruth's Upstream Color, which premiered at Sundance as well as two premieres by returning SXSW filmmakers, Bryan Poyser's The Bounceback and Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies.

With the sci-fi adventure gearing up for release next month, Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion has descended on Austin, Texas. Several of the costumes and full-scale vehicles are on display as part of South By Southwest and ComingSoon.net was on-hand to grab a few photos.

Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo, the film envisions a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition. There, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Danny Boyle is sitting on the stage at the Austin Convention Center in a blue shirt and khakis, breaking down the years of trial and torment and drugs and zombies he has unleashed over the years in a light Irish brough belying his Gallway origins.

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