SXSW 2012 Film Festival Preview

The 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival is quickly upon us—March 9 – March 17. AdobeAirstream’s music writer Don Simpson will cover music and film from this year’s festival. Also look for additional content here surrounding the interactive portion of SXSW, as we provide interviews, reviews, commentary and additional media coverage in the coming weeks from Austin.

Of special interest this year is the new SXSW Go app—which can be downloaded online:

Portions of the festival that aim to converge interactive and film elements include: Changing the Channel: The New Golden Age of TV; as well, there are several panel discussions and lounges happening this year in film: Man Vs. Algorithm: Online Video Curation Face-Off; Best of Vimeo Shorts: Vimeo Loves; Future of Entertainment: Viewer Becomes User; Everything is a Remix; So Steal Like An Artist; and Creating the Code: A BBC Transmedia Documentary.

In preparation for SXSW 2012 Film Festival, we have reviewed headliners, spotlights, Texas entries, documentaries and narratives–resulting in our favorite, top 10 films for 2012 (in no particular order). Shorts are not included in our list; however, SX will feature global and local shorts in several categories, as in years past.


Girl Walk // All Day – Narrative Feature, USA


Beauty Is Embarrassing – Documentary Spotlight, USA


Re:Generation Music Project – Documentary Feature, USA


LOW & CLEAR – Emerging Visions, USA


Black Pond – Emerging Visions, UK


BIJUKA – Narrative Feature, India


Beast – Narrative Feature, Denmark

Other favorites include: Girl ModelSELLEBRITY; and Fat Kid Rules The World. A complete film schedule can be found by visiting

If you don’t make the North American, or World debuts, of these films at SXSW 2012, watch for them to screen in your area throughout the year.

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