Friday, hordes will descend upon Austin, Texas, for the city's annual SXSW (South by Southwest) interactive conference and cultural festival. And while music has long been the big attraction, the event has also become a magnet for myriad movie premieres and screenings, for films large and small.

This year, SXSW's film portion runs March 12-20, and features movies from a host of categories, including headliners, spotlight premieres, films from the Lone Star state, the controversial midnighters (which tend to feature adult-themed topics) and a range of shorts, from live-action to animation. While there are dozens of films making their public debuts at SXSW, here's 12 of our favorites to keep an eye on.