The lineup for the 2018 edition of South by Southwest Conference and Festival has been announced, and it’s cause for celebration. Of 10 films screening in the Narrative Feature Competition, eight are directed or co-directed by women, and four of 10 titles in the Documentary Feature Competition are helmed or co-helmed by women. All told, women directed or co-directed 12 of 20 features in competition, or 60 percent overall.
Films up for competition awards include Olivia Newman’s “First Match,” the story of a teenage girl who tries to reconnect with her estranged father by wrestling boys, Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn,” a portrait of a black teen Instagram celebrity who is dealing with her mother’s conversion to Islam, and “TransMilitary,” a doc about transgender troops co-directed by Fiona Dawson.
Ana Asensio’s “Most Beautiful Island” was named Grand