A number of the movies in the lineup will be having their world, North American or U.S. premieres at the festival. They include: The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster and starring Foster, Mel GIbson and Anton Yelchin; the documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop; Beginners, starring Ewan MacGregor and Christopher Plummer; and Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga.
In addition, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, a University of Texas alumna, will participate in a Q&A after a special screening of her latest film, Red Riding Hood, which stars Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman.
Foreign-movie and horror fans will probably want to check out Takashi Miike's samurai film 13 Assassins, which, judging from its press materials, promises to be a gore fest. (To this day, a decade after seeing Miike's Audition, I cringe when I think of piano wire.)
And of course, what Texas film festival would be complete without films connected to the Lone Star State? The SXSW slate includes nine documentary and narrative features with Texas ties also making their U.S. or world premieres.
Check out the full list of the 2011 festival films here.