SXSW Film Festival – A Preview in Pictures

ON has not attended the SXSW Film Festival every year, but this will be our second year in a row at the Austin, Texas-based festival that grew from out of the long-running annual music festival.

Unlike Sundance and Toronto, SXSW is not necessarily all about the big stars and you’ll find that a lot of the better indie films feature complete unknowns or actors who aren’t normally known for big studio movies. Last year, the festival premiered Short Term 12, a movie that received a great deal of acclaim over the rest of the year. SXSW also tends to premiere a lot of great docs, particularly music-related ones, although there are so may choices we often have to backburner seeing docs (Thankfully, last year we did check out Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom, which not only was one of our favorite movies of the year but also went on to win an Oscar.)

This year, we’ve picked 30 movies that are premiering at SXSW, some of them in competition, some studio movies being sneak previewed before their official theatrical releases, and we’ve also included a few movies that premiered at Sundance and Berlin that we missed out in earlier previews, because they fell below our radar.

We’ll be joined this year by Ryan Turek of, who will be covering the horror beat and the “Midnighters” track at SXSW, but we’ve included some of the more interesting genre movies in our preview, which you can view in the photo gallery below.

The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 7 through March 16

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Weekend: Feb. 20, 2020, Feb. 23, 2020

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