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SXSW 2023: 22 Films and Shows to Watch This Year

Another eye-catching crop of film and TV premieres make their way to Austin this weekend.

Side-by-side stills from "Queendom," "Swarm," and "Joy Ride"

“Queendom,” “Swarm,” and “Joy Ride” are among IndieWire’s top picks for SXSW 2023.

Courtesy of SXSW/Prime Video/Lionsgate

No matter how many they’ve been through, there’s no feeling for a television or film creator like a premiere. Putting months if not years of hard work in front of an audience is the ultimate reward — and litmus test — for how that work will be received and remembered, as well as the unquantifiable validation of sharing all that blood, sweat, tears, and imagination.

March 10 marks the start of South by Southwest 2023, with another packed week of TV and film premieres that already have major momentum leading into the conference. Donald Glover’s latest incisively weird series “Swarm” will make its debut, A24 will present “Problemista,” Liza Mandelup toys with documentary format in “Caterpillar,” and the leads of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” reunite for Kelvin Yu’s “American Born Chinese” — to name but a few from a sorely enticing and packed schedule.

There are awards and panels throughout the week for studios to collect accolades and creatives to unpack their work, but the ultimate clout heading out of SXSW — like Sundance or Cannes or Toronto in their own time — is buzz. Was it worth the wait and the watch? Is this new artist one to keep an eye on; this old one still delivering the kind of work that built their career? Which films will be the talk of the town in coming months, and which series fervently binged or anticipated?

We don’t have all the answers (yet), but we know where to start. Here are 22 film and TV titles to check out at SXSW this year.

Samantha Bergeson, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Ryan Lattanzio, and Ben Travers contributed to this list.

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