SXSW officially off to a start with Film Festival

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Get ready for thousands of visitors in Austin starting Friday as the official start to the South by Southwest Film and Interactive Festivals begin.

Friday night the film festival will kick off with the world premiere of John Favreau’s new film called Chef.

This year festival organizers screened more than 4500 shorts and 2200 features in order to narrow it down to 113 shorts and 133 feature films.

Janet Pierson, the Film Festival Director said the selection process involves looking for films that can provide an experience for the viewer and some that will make the moviegoer laugh, cry, scream, or think.

This year there will be eleven movie venues and for the first time satellite cinemas – something Austinites might be interested in especially for those looking to avoid the crowd’s downtown.

Those venues are the Alamo Slaughter or Village as well as the Marchesa Theater which is the home of the Austin Film Society behind Highland Mall. A full compliment of movies will play at each theater.

And new this year is the category called episodic which will premiere new television shows.

“We have from Dust ‘til Dawn, we have Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley which is everything you would hope it would be, we have Penny Dreadful from Showtime which is a suspense show,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Festival Director

In all six new television shows will debut.

Pierson said this new category came about due to the popularity of the screening of the show Girls a few years back.

Film badges for the SXSW Film Festival are still available and individual tickets will be on sale 15 minutes prior to each showing.

A link to the full SXSW Film Festival is here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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