film festival (9-18 March, Austin, Texas) has announced first titles in its line up which includes 5 Catalan production. The festival features a high caliber and diverse film lineup, programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts.
The Narrative Spotlight section, a high profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW, will be screening Tierra firme/Anchor and Hope
by Carlos Marques-Marcet
(Lastor Media, Vennerfilm, La Panda Productions). His debut 10000KM/Long Distance
was premiered at SXSW edition 2014 and won Best Acting Duo award.
The Global section, that includes a diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites, will be shown Teatro de guerra/Theatre of War
by Lola Arias (
BWP-Bettina Walter, ARTE, Gema Films, Sutor Kolonko, Sake Argentina, SWR - Südwestrundfunk). The film will make its World Pemiere at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival.
What's more, the Festival Favorites section, acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world, will be featuring Constructing Albert by
Jim Loomis, Laura Collado (
Trueday Films, Televisió de Catalunya, Alexandra Films).
Finally, the Documentary Shorts section will be shown Santa Ana by Cesar Pesquera (:Story) and the Titles design section will include the Comtes de Barcelona/Counts of Barcelona series by Carles Porta (Antartida, XTLV-Xarxa de Televisions Locals).
As part of the SXSW's Mentor Sessions Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival will join two different sessions. On the one hand, Mònica Garcia Massagué, will be participating in a Round Table with other representatives from international festivals, like the ’American Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival and Doqumenta in Mexico. The Round table will be geared toward professionals and focus on the audiovisual industry’s participation at festivals. The other session will feature Diego López, member of the Festival’s Programming committee, where he will explain the film selection criteria of a festival like Sitges and the processes and strategies to be followed by a director once selected for the official lineup.