SXSW ’11: First Batch of Festival Genre Films Revealed!

Update: The Midnight line-up is still yet to be announced!

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival released major titles including its Competition, Spotlight Premieres, Headliners, Emerging Visions and other sections slated for the 2011 edition of the popular event taking place March 11 – 19 in Austin, Texas.

130 features, including 60 World Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres are on this year’s roster, with eight narrative and eight documentary features will compete for jury prizes.

While you’ve already read about 3 films premiering at this March’s event, inside you’ll find the full line-up announced thus far. Expect some surprises leading up to the fest!

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Silver Bullets; Director & Writer: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Ti West, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Jane Adams (North American Premiere)
Filmmaking and life converge around a werewolf film.

My Sucky Teen Romance; Director & Writer: Emily Hagins
Cast: Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Santiago Dietche, Lauren Lee, Tony Vespe (World Premiere)
In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, blood-thirsty vampires.

Red Riding Hood (Special Screening); Director: Catherine Hardwicke, Writer: David Leslie Johnson
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons
Catherine Hardwicke will be present for Q&A following this special screening of her latest film, on Thursday, March 10 at midnight. In the film, a werewolf terrorizes a small village, especially when the people discover that, by day, the beast could be anyone. And one young woman discovers that she has a unique connection to the wolf that makes her both suspect…and bait.

Detention; Director: Joseph Kahn, Writers: Joseph Kahn & Mark Palermo
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Aaron David Johnson (World Premiere)
A downtrodden 17-year-old girl is sent to detention where she must survive a slasher film killer and save the world in time for prom.

The Innkeepers; Director & Writer: Ti West
Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis (World Premiere)
Hotel clerks by day, amateur ghost hunters by night, the last two employees of the historic Yankee Pedlar Inn set out to prove that their place of business is as haunted as its reputation.

Bellflower
Director & Writer: Evan Glodell
Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw
A love story with apocalyptic stakes. Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa”.

Source: SXSW '11