SXSW Launches Virtual Cinema Competition on Oculus TV

20 May 2020

Content - Film

South by Southwest, the film festival held in Austin, Texas, will show seven competition projects from its virtual cinema program on Oculus TV from May 22 to May 31.


SXSW was canceled by local government officials just a week before it was set to kick off in in March. However, 39 shorts, features and episodic programs were streamed on Amazon Prime Video between April 27 and May 6.


See a Kenyan entry below


Gr8ness (Kenya)

Directors: Michael Ilako, Isa Paul Mohamed

70% of 20 million youth in South Africa have been victims or perpetrators of crime. Of every 100,000 youth, 37% have dropped out of school before matriculation. The documentary explores how these statistics can be changed by exposing youth to the opportunities of creative industries, which are sadly not known by most at-risk youth of South Africa. Ethan grew up in Muizenberg with his parents and siblings, due to tough economic times Ethan had to move to Grassy Park and live with his grandmother. Through Ethan’s lens, we want to take the user on a journey to experience the growth of the relationship between the child and mentor as they explore art and creativity together in Cape Town. (World Premiere)

Read the full article on Variety here