The SXSW Film Festival, now a quarter century old, will run from March 9-17 in Austin Texas. The premier festival showcases festival favorites from Sundance, world premieres from around the country, and Texas shorts and Texas high school shorts. The line up is always amazing and the distractions include an array of music events, comedy headliners, and of course, barbecue!
As I perused this year’s SXSW Film Festival line up, I had an immediate rush of hope. Hope that this festival could feasibly be the best in representing women! The first category was “Narrative Features” listed in alphabetical order. The first one, “Family” is written and directed by Laura Steinel. The second, “First Match,” was written and directed by Olivia Newman. I began to sit more erectly in the chair in front of my computer, scrolling a little more quickly as I read through the entire list. Number 3, 4, and 5 on the list were also projects of female filmmakers! In fact, 80% of the Narrative Feature films at this year’s SXSW Film Festival are by women!
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