Short Term 12
Brie Larson in 'Short Term 12.'

The SXSW Film Festival, March 8-16, is celebrating 20 years with a slew of films honoring the meeting point of culture and creativity--among them 109 features announced below.

Among the features playing the Austin, Texas fest are 69 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and five US premieres. Additional titles in the Midnighters and Short Film program will be announced February 6, along with the complete panel lineup. Fest producer Janet Pierson states:

“Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we’re lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so many filmmakers we’ve followed for years who’ve made enormous creative leaps in their work.”

Eight narrative and documentary world premieres will compete for the Grand Jury Prizes. All features (with the exception of Headliners) are also eligible for category Audience Awards. Among the narrative premiere titles are Destin Daniel Cretton "Short Term 12," Dayna Hanson's "Improvement Club," and Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis "Swim Little Fish Swim"; doc premieres include AJ Schnack & David Wilson's "We Always Lie to Strangers," Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's "Touba" and Lofty Nathan's "12 O'Clock Boys."

Additional titles include opening night film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" as well as fest circuit veterans Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon's Addiction," Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color," Michal Marczak's doc "Fuck For Forest" and Austin filmmakers Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" and Jeff Nichols' "Mud" -- plus many more. Check out the film and special event lineup below.


Improvement Club
'Improvement Club'

Awful Nice
Director/Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Screenwriter: Alex Rennie
Estranged brothers Jim and Dave must travel to Branson together when their father dies and leaves them the lake home. A series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures follow as they attempt to restore the house and rebuild their relationship.  Cast: Alex Rennie, James Pumphrey, Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman, Keeley Hazell (World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Carlos Puga
On the eve of an annual sibling reunion, a troubled young writer is sent reeling with the arrival of an unexpected guest. Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Chris McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer (World Premiere)

Improvement Club
Director/Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson
When their big gig falls through, a ragtag, avant-garde performance group with a political message struggles to find their audience—and the motivating force behind their work.
Cast: Magge Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal (World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Singer-Vine, Screenwriter: Justin "Hongry" Robinson
The story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in prison for a robbery gone wrong... Cast: Stanley "Doe" Hunt, Koran Jenkins, Tatiana Monet, Devon Libran, Les "DJ Upgrade" Aderibigbe (World Premiere)

The Retrieval
Director/Screenwriter: Chris Eska
On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man. Cast: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst, Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman  (World Premiere)

Short Term 12
Director/Screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton
The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and surprising humor.
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield  (World Premiere)

Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis
Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello (World Premiere)

This Is Where We Live
Directors: Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca, Screenwriter: Marc Menchaca
A struggling family’s dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy.
Cast: Ron Hayden, CK McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw (World Premiere)