By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 9, 2009 at 3:46AM
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced a new partnership with Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest that will result in a new lineup in the official film festival program: "SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight." The program will be a representative sample of Fantastic Fest's signature midnight genre programming, featuring six new premieres exclusive to SXSW.
"The Alamo Drafthouse has been an eleven-year partner of SXSW," says Fantastic Fest director and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League in a statement. "In fact, our very first show at the original Alamo Drafthouse location was opening night of SXSW 1997. We are proud to work so closely with such a respected institution, and in 2009 with 'SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight,' we plan to deliver one of the best movie experiences of the year for genre film fans."
"We couldn't be more excited to enhance our Midnighters section with the infusion of six badass Fantastic Fest films," says SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson in a statement. "The Fantastic Fest, in its short life, has really added a lot of energy and fun here in Austin, and the Alamo Drafthouse is already such a natural and significant partner to SXSW, so it was a no-brainer to invite them to preview their program with us."
The full "SXSW presents Fantastic Fest at midnight" lineup will be announced later this month.
SXSW additionally announced over 60 Film Conference panels, which will take place March 13-17, 2009. New major panelists added to the SXSW Film Conference include Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (founder, DailyKos.com), Bob Berney (studio head), Jeffrey Tambor (Actor), Steven Hirsch (founder, Vivid Entertainment), Gary Hustwit (director, Helvetica) and Jonathan Coulton (Musician). Other upgrades to the 2009 conference include 30% more mentor sessions and mini-meetings available and 15 joint Film and Interactive panels open to both registrants. For full panel descriptions and participants, visit www.sxsw.com/film/talks/panels.