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Evil Dead and Spring Breakers headline SXSW Festival

SXSW is where music, movies and technology unite. For the film portion, the festival’s announced a slew of titles that are scheduled to premiere. They include the highly anticipated Evil Dead reboot as well as Jim Carrey and Steve Carell’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Evil Dead

2013 is a big year for the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. It’s celebrating its 20th anniversary. According to Time, 109 films were chosen to screen at the annual event.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the number of submissions. The final list was narrowed down from a record-breaking 2,096 candidates. Thursday, SXSW announced more additions to its lineup including the narrative, documentary and headliner categories.

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The headliners bring some serious variety. There’s horror, comedy and a touching documentary to choose from.

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Here are the SXSW Highlights:

Narrative Spotlight

  • Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon
  • Drinking Buddies, directed by Joe Swanberg
  • The Bounceback, directed by Bryan Poyser
  • Coldwater, directed by Vincent Grashaw
  • Go For Sisters, directed by John Sayles
  • Good Night, directed by Sean H. A. Gallagher
  • Grow Up, Tony Phillips, directed by Emily Hagins
  • Gus, directed by Jessie Mccormack
  • Holy Ghost People, directed by Michael Altieri
  • Hours, directed by Eric Heisserer
  • I Give It A Year, directed by Dan Mazer
  • Kilimanjaro, directed by Walter Strafford
  • Loves Her Gun, directed by Geoff Marslett
  • Milo, directed by Jacob Vaughan
  • Reality Show, directed by Adam Rifkin
  • Scenic Route, directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz
  • Some Girl(s), directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
  • Zero Charisma, directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews

Narrative Feature Competition

  • Awful Nice, directed by Todd Sklar
  • Burma, directed by Carlos Puga
  • Improvement Club, directed by Dayna Hanson
  • LICKS, directed by Jonathan Singer-Vine
  • The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska
  • Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Swim Little Fish Swim, directed by Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis
  • This Is Where We Live, directed by Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca

Documentary Feature Competition

  • 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan
  • Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, directed by Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
  • Hey Bartender, directed by Douglas Tirola
  • Los Wild Ones, directed by Elise Salomon
  • The Short Game, directed by Josh Greenbaum
  • Touba, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • We Always Lie to Strangers, directed by AJ Schnack and David Wilson
  • WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, directed by Ben Nabors


  • Evil Dead, co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez
  • Hawking, directed by Stephen Finnigan
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, directed by Don Scardino
  • Spring Breakers, written and directed by Harmony Korine
  • When Angels Sing, directed by Tim Mccanlies

SXSW will take place in Austin, Texas, and runs from March 8-16.

Will you be attending this year’s SXSW?

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