South by Southwest has unveiled 10 titles for its Midnighters lineup, including the world premiere of the Bigfoot found-footage film “Exists,” directed by Eduardo Sanchez.
“Exists,” Sanchez’s first foray into found footage since 1999′s “Blair Witch Project,” is a horror-thriller that chronicles a group of friends who set out into a remote Texas woods for a weekend of fun and are stalked and hunted by Bigfoot.
The lineup also includes the U.S. premiere of “Oculus,” directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty and Katee Sackhoff. Relativity acquired U.S. distribution rights following the premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and has set an April 11 release.
Also set for the lineup is Adam Wingard’s “The Guest,” which premiered last month at Sundance, centers on a soldier who visits the family of a fallen comrade.
Other titles include Daniel Stamm’s “13 Sins,” Julien Maury’s “Among The Living,” Nicholas McCarthy’s “Home,” Leigh Janiak’s “Honeymoon,”Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Late Phases,” Jerome Sable’s “Stage Fright” and Dennis Widmyer’s “Starry Eyes.”
The 21st edition of South by Southwest opens March 7 in Austin with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”
South by Southwest also disclosed its lineup of 113 short films were selected from a record 4,249 short film submissions, an increase of 19% over 2013.
The full slate of films at this year’s festival is listed at the South by Southwest Film Web site.