2018 UT RTF Longhorn Denius Student Film Showcase at SXSW

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018

The UT Department of Radio-Television-Film is thrilled to announce the 2018 UT RTF Longhorn Denius Student Film Showcase which will screen in partnership with the SXSW Film Festival. This showcase highlights a rich diversity of recent fiction and documentary student films.

Taking place as a SXSW Community Screening the evening of Sunday, March 11, the showcase will be free and open to the public. Badge holders will be allowed in first, followed by film pass/wristband holders, after which, the general public will be invited to join. More details below.

For the full schedule of RTF-related events at this year's SXSW, see https://rtf.utexas.edu/news/rtf-sxsw-2018 as well as on the Department's official SXSW schedule.

The event is co-sponsored by Avid and TMTV.

AFS Cinema
6406 N I-35 Suite 3100
9:00pm —11:30pm
Official SXSW page:





Three August Days (Coming-of-Age Drama)

Directed by Madli Lääne

Estonian girl, Eva, develops a complicated friendship with a Russian boy, Kir, during the fall of Communism and the rise of Capitalism in the Soviet Union.


Animal Facts Club presents (Documentary)
Episode 1

Directed by Rachel Bardin

Blending large-scale sets, puppetry, animation, and choreography with documentary segments, this short science series aims to educate and inspire curiosity about the natural world in both children and adults.


The Crystal City (Documentary)

Directed by Kenya Gillespie

In a remote desert town in South Texas, the remains and memories of a little-known WWII internment camp are uncovered.


Under the Covers (Comedy)

Directed by Taniel Kilajian

A man wakes up in bed with another man after a night out.


Perdoname (Forgive Me) (Drama)

Directed by Tani Paige Shukla

A Catholic woman is put at odds with her faith when her cancer-afflicted sister asks her to commit the ultimate sin.


Maryam Joon (Drama)

Directed by Bita Ghassemi      

After she discovers a provocative video, a sheltered girl in post-revolution Iran wants to begin to express her femininity despite her conservative father's objections.


Mott (Documentary)

Directed by Schelly Stone

The summer before his senior year, UT student Michael Mott is diagnosed with bone cancer and now must balance coursework, chemotherapy, and the possibility of losing a limb.


A Woman Loves (Drama)

Directed by Vanessa Uhlig

On the cusp of getting married, a woman develops an obsession for the teenager fitting her wedding rings.


Lullaby (Experimental)

Directed by Elias A. Hinojosa

A woman has visions of a dream come true.


Open (Drama)

Directed by Atli Sigurjonsson and Ed Hancox

Rama just wants her guitar back. Tiffany wants something more.


Death by Script (Thriller Comedy)

Directed by Jason Kessler

A Hollywood script reader comes across a script that may or may not cause the horrific death of anyone who passes on it.


June (Drama)

Directed by Huay-Bing Law

A Chinese immigrant wife tries to fit in at her husband's graduation reception in 1955 Texas.


At the heart of the dynamic Austin film scene, UT RTF is the incubator of many of today’s most innovative independent and commercial media makers. Not only is UT RTF the only top-ranking university program to excel in both media production and media studies, we are also one of the most affordable among our peers. Our alumni go on to enjoy a wide range of careers, including directing, editing, producing, cinematography, special FX, game design, screenwriting, scholarship, and teaching.

Historically, RTF filmmakers have earned national and international prominence with the films included in the annual showcase.

In recent years, Juan Pablo González (Named in 2015 by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film") won best documentary short at Slamdance for his meditative THE SOLITUDE OF MEMORY. Alvaro Torres Crespo's THE UNDESIRED PLACE won best short documentary at the 2014 Costa Rican International Film Festival and Best Central American Short at the 2014 Icaro Central American Film Festival (Guatamala). Annie Silverstein's drama SKUNK won first place out of 1631 student films worldwide in the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Cinéfondation section; Elizabeth Chatelain's MY SISTER SARAH won the prestigious International Documentary Association student film award; and the Texas Governor's office recognized John Spottswood Moore’s personal documentary ONCE AGAIN with the Barbara Jordan Media Award. In 2013, three of the showcase films went on to win regional Student Academy Awards, and one of them, Brian Schwarz's OL' DADDY, clinched the national Student Academy Award in the narrative category.

Beth and Wofford Denius and the Cain Foundation, AVID, TMTV, Ron Standifer, Paul Stekler, SXSW Film Festival, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin.

Elana Wakeman

Communication and Programs Coordinator

For more information, contact:

Kathleen Mabley at 512-232-1417