February 3, 2023

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Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves to open SXSW

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South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals has dropped the initial lineup for the 30th edition of the SXSW Film & TV Festival, including Opening Night Films, Feature and Short Competitions, Midnighters and the XR Experience.

The festival will open with Paramount Pictures and eOne’s “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” directed and co-written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. A group filled with unlikely adventurers and a charming thief journey to find a lost relic, and the plot thickens as the band collides with the wrong people. The film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant, Reggie-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman and Daisy Head.

Other titles are “Evil Dead Rise,” directed and written by Lee Cronin; “the problemFrom Julio Torres, with Tilda Swinton; and directed by Eva Longoria.”flamin hot

SXSW brings together thousands of fans, content creators, industry leaders and press for an immersive look at the year’s best new film, TV and XR projects and offers art exhibitions, conference sessions, comedy and music showcases, meetups, mentorships and special events. The cross-industry event will only take place in person in Austin in 2023.

SXSW 2023 runs March 10-19, and the full lineup will be announced in early February.

“This is an amazing collection of films, TV series and XR experiences that promise to inspire, entertain and challenge our audience,” commented Claudette Godfrey, SXSW VP of Film and TV. “We’re also proud to open with ‘Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,’ a whimsical and engaging fantasy adventure, and look forward to welcoming everyone to Austin in March for what promises to be an unforgettable event.”

SXSW features films using the following categories: Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition presented by Panavision, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Global presented by MUBI, 24 Bits Per Second, Festival Favorites and Special Screenings. TV is divided into TV Premiere, TV Spotlight and Independent TV Pilot competitions. IMDbPro’s Short Film Program will feature seven competition categories. 2023 programming is complete with the XR Experience Contest, XR Spotlight and XR Special Events. In addition to special screenings and TV spotlights, all categories can receive audience awards.

Other films in SXSW Global, Visions, 24 Bits, Festival Favorites and all other categories will be announced in February. Check out the preliminary lineup list below.

Headliners

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Evil Dead Rise

the problem

flamin hot

Narrative Feature Competition presented by Panavision

I used to be funny (Canada).

Late Bloomers

the mustache

Parachute

Pure O

Raging Grace (UK)

squishy

Story Ave

Documentary Feature Competition

Angel Supplicant

Another organization (UK, USA)

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life

Join or die

Pay or die

Quindom (France, USA)

Riders on the Storm (Austria)

You were my first boyfriend

Narrative Spotlight

Bloody Hell (Canada)

Deadland

lower down

Frybread Face and Me

if you finish

self reliance

After entry (Spain)

Documentary Spotlight

A problem in the army

Arc of Oblivion

Being Mary Tyler Moore

Confessions of a Good Samaritan

Great picture, beautiful life

Hurricanes

Lady Bird Diary

Last stop Larimah

The New Americans: A Gaming Revolution

periodically

Who I Am Not (Romania)

midnight

Abarans (Mongolia)

Brooklyn 45

It lives inside

Late Night with the Devil (Australia, UAE)

Monolith (Australia)

talk to me (australia)

Becky’s Wrath

TV premiere

I am a virgin

Mrs. Davis

sleep

TV Spotlight

Blindspotting season 2 premiere

Independent TV pilot competition

A guide to not dying completely alone

Chuchi and Adaliz

grew up

Harbor Island

Marvin? (Netherlands)

Metal Man

Notarize me

Shorts Program presented by IMDbPro

Narrative Shorts Competition

Fasting with a Coca Cola

Breakthrough

closed dynasty

give me

endless sea

Family circus

Flores del Otro Patio (Colombia, Switzerland)

Falk Me, Richard (Australia, US)

Horse Cemetery (China)

I probably shouldn’t be telling you this

It turns blue (Iran).

Key (Belgium, France, Palestine, Kingdom)

Leonetti

Les Bates (Canada)

Don’t be fussed about

rest off

Scotty’s Vag

Sisters of the Rotation (Lebanon)

Slick talk

Take me home

Documentary Shorts Competition

say man

Birdsong (UK)

Bus (Spain)

father

El Baston (Colombia, USA)

Salt and Pepper Shakers by Margie Soudek

mother of dawn

Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (Grandma & Grandmother)

Puffling (UK)

Roger J. Carter: Rebel Revolutionary

Sudden TV (Qatar)

Where the sun always shines (UK)

Animated Shorts Competition

A Little Man (France)

Ashkasha (Argentina, Spain)

Beyond the Fringe (Spain)

Christopher et al (France, UK, USA)

The Debutante (UK)

Ice Merchant (Portugal)

Remove hind legs before eating (Switzerland)

Sandwich Cat (Spain)

Spring Roll Dream (UK)

shoot

Midnight Shorts Contest

Dead Enders

Every house is haunted

The Flute (Ireland, USA)

Kodama

Shaved

Pennies from heaven

Pussy Love (Germany)

run

Vibrator Girl

We forgot about zombies

You’re not at home (Ireland)

Texas Shorts Contest

Breaking silence

call me mom

wearing

Exit 238

Eyestring (Argentina, USA)

funny face

La Cochecha

When you left me on that boulevard

um

Music Video Contest

alt-J – ‘The Actor’ (UK)

Amanda Sum – ‘Different Than Before’ (Canada)

Arlo McKinley – ‘Stealing Dark From The Night Sky’

Ben Abraham – ‘If I Don’t Love You’

Diplo feat. Miguel – ‘Don’t Forget My Love’

Doechii – ‘Crazy’

Drew Ashby – ‘Her’

Kuba Kawalek – ‘I’m Dead’

Little Simz – ‘Point and Kill’

Mac Miller – ‘Color and Shape’

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘The Beautiful Life’

Mick Jenkins – ‘Truffles’ (United Kingdom, US)

MotherMarie – ‘Coming For You Remix’

Number One Popstar – ‘Dance Away The Pain’

Pearl Derringer – ‘Little Baby (feat. Margo Price)’

Pranab Bhasin, Rohini Maiti – ‘Screaming on the Fly’ (India)

Residents – ‘It’s America’s nine feet. ebay’

S+C+A+R+R – ‘Never Give Up’ (France)

Yes Yes Yes – ‘Wolf’

Jolita – ‘If Someone Checks Once’

The XR experience

XR experience competition

Espa VR Concert in Kwangya (Republic of Korea, USA).

Body of Mine VR

Consensus Gentium (UK)

District VR (Germany)

L bit (Colombia)

Find WiiLii – Ep.1 The Gate-Crasher (Republic of Korea)

Forager: Immersive Multi-Sensory Experience (Canada, US)

Fresh Memories: The Look (Czech Republic, Ukraine)

Invited (UK)

Jailbirds – The Eye of the Artist (Belgium, France)

JFK Memento (France, US)

Once a glacier

Rocket, by Pillow (Brazil)

Live, My Son (Chapters 1 & 2) (Greece, US)

Whipped Cream “The Dark” (Canada)

XR Experience Spotlight

Behind the Dish (France, US)

Dimscape (Argentina)

The Eye and I Vol. I (Taiwan)

Figural Bodies (United Kingdom)

In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats (United Kingdom)

Lou (Canada)

Mrs Benz (UK)

Shiva the Metaverse

Spring Odyssey (France)

Temporal World: A Haptisonic Virtual Reality Memory World (Germany)

UnEarthed (UK)

Destroy you. We make. (Germany)

Yuki MR (Brazil)

The XR Experience is a special event

Neo-Wulin: Age of the Black Ark (China)

(In 2021, Diversity’s parent company P-MRC made a significant investment in South by Southwest, the parent company of the SXSW festival.)

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