Welsh Broadcasting Trust

M J McMahon, The Man from Mo’Wax SXSW Report

The Welsh Broadcast Trust was instrumental in enabling me to travel out to this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas to support the film I’m producing – The Man from Mo’Wax.

SXSW is one of the largest and most respected festivals in the world. It pulls together music, film and the interactive industries selecting what they feel is the best in each area to screen and take part in their prestigious festival.

The festival received 2,458 feature film submissions this year and only 140 of them were selected, one of which was The Man from Mo’Wax

The festival took place between 11th March to the 20th March 2016. The Man from Mo’Wax screened three times across the festival. I was able to attend all three screenings with my fellow colleagues, Director – Matthew Jones, fellow Producer Brian A.Hoffman, Editor – Alec Rossiter, and Archive Researcher – Lee Holmes.

Once we’d been selected by SXSW we were able to apply for the BFI completion funding as part of the criteria is for this BFI funding is you have to be selected by one of 21 festivals from around the world SXSW being one of them. Thankfully several weeks later we were able to secure this completion funding which in turn helped us complete the film.

The film will also be shown at the following festivals:

Nashville Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival

The BBC saw the film and have said they would like to broadcast the film next year on their music through the ages strand.

Rolling Stone magazine listed us in their top 25 of the festival.

The Independent placed the film in 6 films that caught their eye at the festival.
We received a really good review from Variety.



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