Canadian projects at SXSW!

08 • 03

With Canadian films and XR works in SXSW’s official selection; a week’s worth of film, tech, and music programming at Canada House; plus the debut of the new Canadian Innovation Lounge, Canada’s presence at SXSW 2024 promises to be entertaining, inspiring, and impactful!

This year’s SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas from March 8 to 16, and we can’t wait to bring you some of the best of Canada’s creators, innovators, and content.

Let’s discover the outstanding Canadian films, coproductions, and XR experiences in the fest’s official selection:


24 Beats Per Second

Michael Mabbott and Lucah Rosenberg-Lee’s Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story

Executive produced by Oscar-nominated Elliott Page, this feature-length doc about Black trans soul singer Jackie Shane is making its world premiere.

Documentary Spotlight

Yuqi Kang’s 7 Beats Per Minute

Also in its world premiere is this story about freediving champion Jessea Lu as she confronts the trauma of a near-death experience.

Ben Addelman and Ziya Tong’s Plastic People

Learn about the impacts of our society’s addiction to plastic and the health and environmental consequences of microplastics in the world premiere of this long-form doc.

Simon Ennis’s The Hobby

Delve deep into board game culture in the world premiere of this character-driven documentary film.

Festival Favorite

Fawzia Mirza’s The Queen Of My Dreams

A Canadian-born woman returns to Pakistan upon the death of her father, where she and her Pakistani-Muslim mother connect over a love of Bollywood. This 2SLGBTQIA+ story is making its U.S. premiere.


Annick Blanc’s Hunting Daze

In this thriller making its world premiere, an exotic dancer stuck in the North stays with a group of men for a few days, until a stranger’s arrival changes things.

Kourtney Roy’s Kryptic (Canada-U.K. coproduction)

A woman searches for a monster hunter in this horror thriller making its world premiere, only to discover they are connected.

Narrative Feature Competition

D.W. Waterson’s Backspot

Starring Evan Rachel Wood and with Elliott Page among its executive producers, this  2SLGBTQIA+ cheerleading drama is making its international premiere.

David Lambert’s Turtles (Canada-Belgium coproduction)

Thom and Henri have been together for decades, and are trying to save their relationship, challenged by inevitable life changes. This.2SLGBTQIA+ dramatic comedy is having its North American premiere.


Shannon Walsh’s Adrianne & The Castle

Love, grief and fantasy unite in this feature-length musical documentary about a couple who built a fairy-tale castle in Illinois, in its world premiere.


Documentary Short Competition

  • Amélie Hardy’s Hello Stranger

Animated Short Competition

  • Alexandra Myotte and Jean-Sébastien Hamel’s A Crab in the Pool (Un trou dans la poitrine)

Narrative Short Competition

  • Alexandre Isabelle’s À toi les oreilles
  • Benoît Le Rouzès Ménard’s My Tomato Heart
  • Adebukola Bodunrin’s We Are Not Alone (Canada-U.S.)

XR Experience Competition

  • Roman Rappak and Luke Higgs’s Detachment (Canada-U.S.-U.K.)
  • Émilie Rosas and Colas Wohlfahrt’s Joseph Rouleau: Final Encore
  • The Expats (Connor Illsley, Jon Riera, Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley)’s Last We Left Off

XR Experience Special Event

  • Thibaut Duverneix and Guillaume Cardell’s Opal

Keep your eyes on our page for all your Canadian SXSW updates!

In the same category

Canadian Stories at Cannes 2024

Question: What’s 100 minutes divided by nine shorts?

RDVCANADA I Animations 2024

Slipping Away: The Cut at Clermont-Ferrand 2024

A Patchwork Programme: Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand 2024

Canadian projects at Sundance and Slamdance

Pakistani-Canadian Horror Film ‘In Flames’ Wins Top Prize at Red Sea Film Festival Amid Calls for Peace in Palestine

Canadian cinema sparkles at TIFF 2023

ROJEK: Canada’s Oscar® Hope for Best International Feature Film

Personal Information

Collection Statement

Newsletter RDVCanada

In order to proceed with your newsletter sign-up, we require certain personal information from you. This Statement explains the purposes for collecting and using that information.

Newsletter Sign-Up

Personal information is collected in order to sign you up for the newsletter so that you can received information via e-mail. Among other things, such information includes your e-mail address, your name, your preferred language and your location (province and country). Personal information related to your sign-up will transit via the CakeMail platform, which handles and stores information on behalf of Telefilm Canada, in accordance with the policies of the service provider, which are available at the following link(s):; .

The collection and use of such personal information are in accordance with the Privacy Act and are in line with Telefilm Canada’s mission as specified in section 10 of the Telefilm Canada Act. Such information may be used for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes. The information is included in the personal information bank Public Communications (PSU 914).

Privacy Inquiry

Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints regarding the administration of the Privacy Act and privacy policies may be directed to Telefilm Canada’s Privacy Coordinator by email to, by calling (514) 283-6363 or (800) 567-0890, by fax at (514) 283-8447, or by writing to:

Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
360 St. Jacques Street,
Suite 600
Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1P5

If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by e-mail at or by telephone at (800) 282-1376.