SXSW 2023: 15 most anticipated movies at South by Southwest Film Festival

It’s incredible to consider that when the 37th South by Southwest Film Festival kicked off on March 10, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was just two days away from winning a slew of Oscars one year removed from its own premiere in Austin (March 11, 2022). The A24 multiverse indie, which had gone into the Oscars with 11 nominations, also ended up with the lion’s share of the evening’s trophies, nabbing Best Picture, Director (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Original Screenplay, and Editing (Paul Rogers).

“To Leslie,” the alcoholism drama about a single mom from West Texas starring Best Actress nominee Andrea Riseborough also began its, albeit much quieter, road to the Oscars at the festival a year ago. But don’t think SXSW’s awards are any sort of harbinger, as the Narrative Feature Prize went to “I Love My Dad,” a dark comedy starring Patton Oswalt as a father who catfishes his son. Amazon released the movie over the summer and we haven’t heard much about it since. In other words, the trophy is no TIFF People’s Choice.

Nevertheless, SXSW’s representation at the 95th Academy Awards will shine a brighter spotlight on the event moving forward and perhaps transform it into a viable springtime alternative to the year-end circuit. Additionally a music fair and tech expo, SXSW is truly unlike any other film festival. View the photo gallery above (or click here for direct access) to see which movies we’re most eager to check out at this year’s edition, running March 10 – 19, 2023.