Guide to Film, Music and Comedy Festivals

After a two-year hiatus from in-person events, SXSW is back for 2022 and in a hybrid format. In addition to hundreds of in-person events, all SXSW 2022 badges will have access to SXSW Online. If you can’t make it to one of the events in person, an online pass is also available.

This year’s SXSW is packed with diverse and unique events within the conference, exhibitions and three festivals. Big names, as well as rising stars, are expected at music, film and comedy festivals.

FOX 7 Austin has a sneak peek at what those festivals are all about this year.

March 11-19

A total of 99 films make up the 2022 lineup, which includes 76 world premieres, four international premieres, four North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, 13 Texas premieres, and 111 shorts. Other film categories will include music videos, episodic premieres, pilots, XR Experience projects and Title Design.

According to the SXSW website, most in-person movies will also feature an online screening. To RSVP to online screenings, click here.

2022 SXSW Film Festival Headliners

Everything everywhere all at once

Opening night movie

  • March 11, 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

This world premiere of this A24 film will kick off the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. The film is described as a “hilarious, big-hearted sci-fi adventure” that follows a Chinese woman who can’t finish her taxes. . The comedy thriller is directed by Daniels, the dynamic duo of Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan. The cast of the film includes Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis and many more.

The lost city

world premiere

  • March 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

This comedic jungle adventure features an all-star cast including Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt. The story follows a romance novelist named Loretta who goes on tour with the cover model of her novel. The tour goes awry when Loretta is kidnapped by a wealthy man looking for the treasure she talks about in her books. Loretta and Alan are then forced to work together to navigate this dangerous situation. The celebrity-filled film is directed by Nee brothers – Adam and Aaron, who are also working on the latest He-Man Masters of the Universe film.

The unbearable weight of massive talent

world premiere

  • March 12, 10:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

Nicholas Cage plays a fictionalized version of himself in this action-comedy directed by Tom Gormican. This film marks Gormican’s second directorial credit. Cage’s character faces financial instability thus leading him to attend a fanatic’s birthday party for $1 million. He is then recruited by the CIA, and the film continues in a comic adventure that has to be seen to be believed. Alongside Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris and more.

AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 09: Nicolas Cage arrives for the premiere of his new movie ‘Joe’ during the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Merrick Ales/FilmMagic)

Apollo 10 ½: a childhood in the space age

world premiere

  • March 13, 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

This animated film directed and written by Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater, which has received more than 100 film awards, including six Austin Film Awards, is a story centered on the first moon landing. The story follows two perspectives of the historic event: the astronaut and that of a child in Houston. It’s a coming-of-age story giving insight into what life was like in the late 1960s for a kid with big aspirations. The cast includes Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins and more.

Body Body Body

world premiere

  • March 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

Actress, producer and screenwriter Halina Reijn scores her third directorial credit with this A24 slasher flick. The story follows a group of twenty-something friends who plan a hurricane party at a desolate mansion. The party takes a turn for the worse, and the group soon discovers that their lives are in grave danger. SXSW calls it a “fresh and fun look at backstabbing, fake friends and a party gone very, very wrong.” The cast includes Pete Davidson, Maria Bakalova, Amandla Stenberg, Myha’la Herrold and more.


Closing night headliner

  • March 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater (Q&A with select cast and crew will follow the screening)

The world premiere of FX’s third season of Atlanta will close the film festival. Oscar-nominated and SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning director Hiro Murai is taking the new season overseas. Earn (Donald Glover), Alfred “Paper Boi” (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) will face new environments and challenges on a thriving European tour.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: The cast and crew of ‘Atlanta’, winners for Best Musical or Comedy Television Series, pose in the press room during the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (P

To see the complete film schedule, click here.

The SXSW Film Awards are scheduled for March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater.

At the Film Awards ceremony, winners are named for the Narrative Feature Competition and the Documentary Feature Competition. Design prizes and special prizes are also announced. The winners of the short film program, eligible for jury prizes, are also named. With the exception of Special Events, all film categories are eligible for category-specific Audience Awards.

March 14-20

More than 300 artists from around the world will be in the capital for the SXSW Music Festival 2022.

SXSW suggests badge holders wishing to attend the music festival to listen to the official SXSW 2022 playlist on Spotify and Apple Music and explore the featured artists’ music video playlist to create a list of artists to watch. don’t miss before attending. The schedules of the exhibiting artists are available here.

In addition to live shows, SXSW also offers exclusive performances online. Some online exclusive artists include Shonen Knife, Elephant Gym, Fake Gentle, Mong Tong, Olivia Tsao and Sorry Youth, according to the SXSW Music Festival website.

Shows not to be missed

Dolly Parton and James Patterson: Between the Pages

  • March 18, 8:30 p.m. at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

For her very first SXSW appearance, Dolly will be joined by best-selling author James Patterson to talk about the book they co-wrote: Run, Rose, Run. This is Dolly’s first novel, and it will be accompanied by her latest album, due out March 7.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 24: Dolly Parton performs at the Kiss 2021 Breast Cancer Farewell Concert at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Dolly is partnering with FOX Entertainment’s Blockchain Creative Labs to launch the “Dollyverse”, which is described as “an audience-centric Web3 experience”.

The event will begin with a conversation and end with a live performance of select songs from Dolly’s new album. Participants in the event will have the chance to claim a free NFT.

wet leg

  • March 16, 12 p.m. at Half Step
  • March 17, 10 p.m. at Cedar Street Court
  • March 18, 2 p.m. at Radio Day Stage (Austin Convention Center)

This British indie rock band quickly rose to fame after releasing their debut single “Chaise Lounge” last summer. The band will play three concerts at SXSW, just days before the release of their debut album.

Jackie Venson

  • March 16, 12 p.m. at the Saxon Pub
  • March 17, 11:10 p.m. at Augustine

Born and raised Austinite Jackie Venson is no stranger to SXSW. She performed in 2019 at Cooper’s BBQ Showcase and is back this year with many accomplishments and accolades behind her. SXSW notes that Venson has served “as a headliner and supporting act for major artists such as Gary Clark Jr, Melissa Etheridge, Aloe Blacc, Citizen Cope to name a few.”


UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo by Cymande Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

  • March 18, 11 p.m. at Lucille
  • March 19, 1 a.m. at Sellers

This 1970s British funk band is described as “the greatest band you’ve never heard of”. SXSW says the band has “samples of music from The Fugees, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, EPMD, The KLF, Sugarhill Gang, and more” to thank. After being adopted in the 70s in the US, facing prejudice in the UK and breaking up in 1975, they’re back and aiming to be better than ever. This legendary British band is touring the world and has plans for a new studio album.

The artists mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to “must-sees”. Don’t forget to prepare your own list of showcases to attend.

Check out the list of free events, including free musical performances, here.

March 11-15

The 2022 SXSW Comedy Festival features 43 emerging and established comedians, plus special surprise guests. All SXSW badgers are welcome to attend all comedy showcases and events.

Opening night

Comedy Launch Event

  • March 11, 7 p.m. at Creek and the Cave

The Comedy Kickoff event will open the festival and feature stand-up sets and more. Comedians Matthew Broussard, Vanessa Gonzalez, Eddie Pepitone, Kiry Shabazz and Blair Socci will be featured

John Cleese in conversation

  • March 11, 7:30 p.m. at Esther’s Follies

John Cleese in Conversation will include a cast of familiar faces alongside Monty Python’s John Cleese for a conversational opening night event. Cleese will be joined by Jim Gaffigan, Dan Pasternack, Dulcé Sloan and Ricky Velez.

dpatop – 03 October 2019, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: Comedian John Cleese is delighted to receive the ‘German Comedy Award 2019’ for his life’s work. Photo: Henning Kaiser/dpa (Photo by Henning Kaiser/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Closing party

Comedy Sendoff Event

  • March 15, 9 p.m. at Creek and the Cave20

The Comedy Sendoff event will help close out the festival with a series of stand-up sets featuring Rich Vos, Shane Torres, Blair Socci, Dulcé Sloan and Eddie Pepitone.

Gotham Comedy Club Stand-Up Showcase

  • March 15, 10 p.m. at Esther’s Follies

The Gotham Comedy Club Standup Showcase will be the last event of the comedy festival. Comedians Matthew Broussard, Jon Daly, Joe DeRosa and Mike Yard will be featured.

The comedy festival features more than a dozen special programs including Roast Battle, A Night at the Comedy Store, Adult Swim Presents Three Busy Debras, Comedy with the Cleeses and more.

To consult the complete program of the Festival d’humour, click here.

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