Is this shorthand for my top films of the year? Well probably, but since I already recounted my Top 50 films of 2013 (+ 3 Most Overrated), allow me to put a Festivals Editor spin on things by counting down my take on the Top 10 Film Festival World Premieres of the year (whether I caught the film at it or not).
10. CHEAP THRILLS
World Premiere: SXSW 2013
The first film to get buzzing at this year's SXSW was E.L Katz's fantastic debut feature. It didn't take long for Drafthouse Films to snap this bad boy up and just increase the excitement around Austin. Not only is the film wonderfully entertaining, it is also extremely impressive from a production stand point. So much is done with so little and it never feels small or claustrophobic. Hats off to this team and I can't wait to see what they do next.
Upcoming US Release: Drafthouse Films 3/21/2014
Read Peter Martin's SXSW Review