SXSW announces lineup for 15th Film Festival


MUMBAI: The 15th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the complete lineup of feature films slated to screen at the event to be held between 7-15 March in Austin, TX. Over the course of nine days, 114 features will screen at the festival, with 65 of those having their world premieres at SXSW 2008.


Among the high-profile films added to the festival’s Spotlight Premieres category are Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light, Michael Almereyda’s New Orleans Mon Amour, Joe Swanberg & Greta Gerwig’s Nights and Weekends, Jay & Mark Duplass’ Baghead, Liz Mermin’s Shot In Bombay, Nanette Burstein’s American Teen, Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard’s Beautiful Losers, Sylvia Stevens’ Chevolution, Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, and the festival’s closing night film, Stephen Walker’s documentary

Young@Heart. They join previously announced titles such as opening night film 21, as well as Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, Then She Found Me, and Run, Fat Boy, Run.


“I think this year’s lineup represents our current world of extremes,” said SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler. “The films we found are both funny and emotional, both indie and Hollywood, both entertaining and political, both real and magical. It’s a well-rounded slate of films, from both veteran masters and promising newcomers.”

The festival’s main competition categories will once again find eight narrative features and eight documentary features, vying for their respective grand jury prizes. The lineup of short films, as well as panels and guest speakers, will be announced next week. SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Independent Film Channel, Fuze Beverage, Dell, Yaris and the Austin Chronicle.