South by Southwest is perhaps best known as one of the world’s largest music festivals. Each year, thousands of fans flock to Austin, Texas to see their favorite bands perform for enormous audiences.

 

However, SXSW is more than just a music festival. It is also a large and respected film festival where many independent features and shorts are able to find an audience.

 

This year, just like every other year, films were screened for both critics and audiences alike. Among the directors with films on display were Wes Anderson, David Gordon Green, Mike Meyers, Richard Linklater, and Jon Favreau.

 

One of the more acclaimed films of the festival was Gordon Green’s, “Joe.” Starring Nicholas Cage and “Mud’s” Tye Sheridan, “Joe” is a backwoods thriller based on the novel by Larry Brown. The performances by the two leads have received a hefty amount praise by just about everyone that has seen the film. “Joe” looks like yet another installment in the diverse and unique filmography of David Gordon Green.

 

Another film to receive significant praise is Linklater’s “Boyhood.” An experiment from this highly experimental filmmaker, “Boyhood” follows the life of a Texas boy from childhood up until college. At the very least, you can expect the film to be an interesting watch, as just about every film Linklater has made has some element to it that makes it worthwhile.

 

Returning to the director’s chair is Jon Favreau with the release of his “Chef.” “Chef,” as you may have guessed, is about a chef. Through the story of this successful, Los Angeles chef, Favreau makes both his love letter to the food industry, and an enthralling character portrait. This represents a return to smaller productions for Favreau, after years of making big-budget, studio pictures.

 

Other films from SXSW 2014 include “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Creep,” “The Infinite Man,” and “Fort Tilden.”

 

The SXSW Film festival launched March 7 and ends today.

 

What SXSW film did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments below.