South By Southwest (SXSW) is nearing its Austin takeover and we’re excited about the film festival! SXSW is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals/conferences that take place in Austin, Texas. Beginning in 1987, SXSW has grown immensely in size and scale to the juggernaut that it is today. The 2017 festival/conference will run through March 9-10.

The full line-up will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and five US premieres. The films were culled from 2,458 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,160 films submitted this year.

Feature selections screen across 12 sections: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites, and Special Events.

During the nine days of SXSW, 132 features will be shown, with additional titles yet to be announced. The full lineup will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from 2,458 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,160 films submitted this year.

As with anything major, Black women are representing with their magic at this year’s film festival in Austin! Below are films where Black women are rocking the camera from the front and behind!

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Jinn

Director/Screenwriter: Nijla Mu’min starring Zoe Renee and Simone Missic

A shape-shifting, pepperoni-loving, black teenage Instagram celebrity explores her identity and sexuality in the midst of her mother’s conversion to Islam. Cast: Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Hisham Tawfiq, Kelly Jenrette, Dorian Missick, Ashlei Foushee, Maya Morales, Damien D. Smith (World Premiere)

First Match 

Director/Screenwriter: Olivia Newman

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father. Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Eisa Davis, Allen Maldonado, Jared Kemp (World Premiere)

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Fast Color

Director: Julia Hart, Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint

In this genre-bending supernatural drama, a woman is forced to go on the run when her extraordinary abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham, David Strathairn (World Premiere)

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

Pass Over 

Director: Spike Lee, Screenwriter: Antoinette Nwandu

Academy Award nominee and Honorary Oscar winner Spike Lee captures the poetry, humor and humanity of this urgent and timely play about two young black men talking trash, passing the time, and dreaming of the promised land. A provocative riff on Waiting for GodotPass Over is written by newcomer Antoinette Nwandu. Cast: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

EPISODIC

The Last O.G. 

Director: Jordan Peele, Screenwriters: Jordan Peele, John Carcieri starring Tiffany Haddish

The Last O.G. is a show about humanity, second chances and redemption. Morgan plays Tray an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he returns to the free world after 15 years in prison. Cast: Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Allen Maldonado, Tiffany Haddish, Joel Marsh Garland, Gino Vento, Natalie Carter, Taylor Mosby, Ryan Gaul (World Premiere)

 If we left out any projects, please let us know as we aim to make this list as comprehensive as possible!

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