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SXSW's film arm returned in 2021 with a strong line-up of films screening online so that distributors could explore some of the best new industry offerings without having to put themselves at risk. Where the previous year's format change was rushed, this time around everything about the festival was able to be carefully planned, resulting in a more rewarding experience for all concerned.

The festival ran from 16 to 20 March.

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Swan Song
Swan Song
An aging hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral.
After receiving a mysterious letter, a woman travels to a desolate island town and soon becomes trapped in a nightmare.
The Spine Of Night
The Spine Of Night
In this ultra-violent fantasy epic, ancient dark magic falls into sinister hands and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. A group of heroes from different eras and cultures must band together in order to defeat it at all costs
Not Going Quietly
Not Going Quietly
An intimate, inspiring look at activist and loving father Ady Barkan, diagnosed with ALS at age 32 and who, in spite of declining physical abilities, embarks on a nationwide campaign for healthcare reform.
The Feast
The Feast
Over an evening a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner with guests in their ostentatious house in the Welsh mountains. Served by a mysteriously disturbing young woman, the assembled party do not realise they are about to eat their last supper.
Jakob's Wife
Jakob's Wife
The disappearance of a young woman threatens to change the beige and banal lives of Anne Fedder and her pastor husband Jakob Fedder forever.
Broadcast Signal Intrusion
Broadcast Signal Intrusion
In the late Nineties, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them.
Sound Of Violence
Sound Of Violence
A young girl recovers her hearing and gains synesthetic abilities during the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult, she pursues a career in music composing her masterpiece through gruesome murders.
Potato Dreams Of America
Potato Dreams Of America
A true story about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother, and their adventurous escape to Seattle in the Nineties.
Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror
Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror
A documentary about the history of folk horror cinema from the 1960s to today.
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South by Southwest Features

Reclaiming Welsh horror
Lee Haven Jones and Annes Elwy on Welsh cinema, folk horror and The Feast
In a different light
Sam H Freeman and Ng Choon Ping discuss Femme
Showing up, speaking out
Mitch Kalisa on challenging prejudice and finding an authentic voice with Play It Safe
Into the woods
Kier-La Janisse on Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror
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

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