The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have just revealed the lineup for the highly anticipated Midnighters section, as well as the complete short film lineup. The festival is to be held from March 13 – 21 in Austin, Texas.
The SXSW Midnighters section is a crowd favourite for those who have an affinity for the weird and terrifying. The section features eleven genre films, including thrillers, sci-fi, and dark comedies from a range of filmmakers – both emerging and veterans. The eleven films are just one segment of the total features screening at SXSW Film 2015, which totals to 145 films.
The films – which will be screened at midnight during the nine days of the festival – have been described by SXSW Producer and Senior Programmer, Jarod Neece as “creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening”.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens.
A beautiful actress, Anna Fritz, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue and endeavour to be the last people to have sex with her. (World Premiere)
Deathgasm (New Zealand)
Director: Jason Lei Howden
The new kid in town and the bad-boy quickly bond over an affinity for heavy metal. But when they unwititngly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom are put on hold. (World Premiere)
Director: Alistair Legrand
When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by a strange presence, she turns to her science teacher boyfriend to help take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too terrified to face. (World Premiere)
Director: Patrick Kennelly
Obsessed with her roommate, Jill violently imprisons Jennifer in their apartment in a twisted attempt to bring them closer together. (World Premiere)
Director: Adam Mason.
After returning from a vacation, the Miller family discover that their home has been broken into. They attempt to continue on with their lives, but they are unaware that the nightmare has just begun… (World Premiere)
He Never Died
Director: Jason Krawczyk
Jack is battling his eternal struggle with cannibalism. There are very few reasons to live when you can’t die. Starring Black Flag’s Henry Rollins.
Director: Karyn Kusama
While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have a sinister intention for their guests. (World Premiere)
Director: Rodney Ascher
This is an original documentary from the Oscar winning producer of Undefeated, the producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and the producer of The Pact. It is directed by Rodney Ascher, the acclaimed director of the Room 237
Director: Mickey Keating
A family intervention goes horrifically wrong within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house. (World Premiere)
Turbo Kid (Canada/New Zealand)
Director: RKSS Collective
In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE.
We Are Still Here
Director: Ted Geoghegan
In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice. (World Premiere)
For a full list of the Midnighters features and the previously announced films, head to SXSW’s website. SXSW Film runs from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Pictured is a still from Deathgasm, a World Premiere from New Zealand Director, Jason Lei Howden.