SXSW's film arm is back in 2021 with a strong line-up of films screening online so that distributors can explore some of the best new industry offerings without having to put themselves at risk. Where last year's format change was rushed, this year everything about the festival has been carefully planned, which should result in a more rewarding experience for all concerned. We're still adding titles here at present so please bear with us.

The festival runs from 16 to 20 March.

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The Return: Life After ISIS
The Return: Life After ISIS
A documentary about women who left their countries to join ISIS and their fight for repatriation.
Ma Belle, My Beauty
Ma Belle, My Beauty
A surprise reunion in southern France reignites passions and jealousies between two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers.
Disintegration Loops
Disintegration Loops
A documentary about music, 9/11 and Covid-19.
The End Of Us
The End Of Us
After a savage breakup, two exes must continue living together when California issues its stay-at-home order for Covid-19. Now they’ll try to move on without moving out.
For The Record: There's Always Spotify
For The Record: There's Always Spotify
Ray and Angela have just broken up. They've just got one last thing to do: reunite one divvy up their prized record collection.
A re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, taking place through their cell phones, in a mash-up of Shakespearean dialogue with current social media communication.
Spring Valley
Spring Valley
A viral video shows a white policeman throwing a Black teenager from her school desk. One woman helps the girl, faces the officer, and dismantles the system.
The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson
The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson
A western thriller asking the question: how far would you go to protect your loved ones?
The Fallout
The Fallout
High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered.
A hardworking and exhausted nurse battles coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami's Little Haiti neighbourhood.
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South by Southwest Features

Three's company
Marion Hill on queer identity, polyamory and Ma Belle, My Beauty
Keeping it real
Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dustin Mancinelli talk about bringing home the horror in their debut feature Violation
After the shooting
Megan Park on trauma, recovery, unexpected success and The Fallout
The bearer of stories
Leah Purcell on indigenous voices and The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson
Between two women
Mari Walker, Pooya Mohseni and Lynn Chen discuss getting real in See You Then

South by Southwest News

The Fallout is SXSW Best Narrative Feature
Megan Park wins Best Director

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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