SXSW 2019 Film Festival Announces Pet Sematary as Closing Night Film and New Program Additions

2019 SXSW Film, Pet Sematary – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

SXSW 2019 Film Festival is a little more than a month away and announcements of program additions are coming in faster as the first day approaches. The film festival program consists of 131 Feature Films including 101 World Premieres, 9 North American Premieres, 3 US Premieres, 64 films from first-time filmmakers, 101 Short Films (including music videos), 5 Episodic Premieres, 12 Episodic Pilots, 25 Virtual Cinema Projects, and 30 Title Design entries.

SXSW 2019 Film Festival just announced their second round of the Film Festival program plus late-addition Features and the Closing Night Film for the 26th edition of the Festival: Pet Sematary. It will be the world premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kölschand and Dennis Widmyer, will close the 2019 Film Festival

The program announcements also includes the Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Video and Title Design lineup.

The SXSW Midnighters section is a perennial favorite for SXSW audiences thrilled by the weird, electric, and sometimes terrifying selections. Featuring 10 genre films, all World Premieres, the slate includes dark comedies, thrillers, Sci-Fi, mystery and slasher horror from a mix of established and first-time filmmakers. The Midnighters, Festival Favorites, as well as 15 additional films, round out the 129 total features now to be screened at the SXSW 2019 Film Festival.

101 Short Films, and music videos were selected from 5,478 submissions. A comprehensive list of the Short Film Program is below and will screen as part of 10 curated shorts programs.

The Virtual Cinema section of the Film Festival continues to grow, showcasing the newest and most cutting-edge work. SXSW resides at the intersection of film and technology, and there is no better place to present this innovative format. The 27 projects emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

If you are attending the SXSW 2019 Film Festival the Paramount and State Theatres have a new bag size limit if attending any of the screenings. Please note that bags over 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size will not be allowed inside these venues. Bags smaller than 14″ x 12″ x 6″, diaper bags (when a child is present), medically necessary items (including breast pumps), jackets and coats are permitted but subject to inspection. SXSW Registrant bags will be allowed. Click here to read more information about this policy.

SXSW Film Badge is currently $1225.00 and the next registration deadline is Friday, February 15! A Film Badge gets you primary access to all SXSW Film events including Film Keynotes and Featured Sessions, world premieres, round tables, workshops, parties, and more. Film registrants also have primary access to Convergence events, including the Comedy Festival and nine unique conference tracks, as well as secondary access to most Interactive and Music events. To register please visit:

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