The South By Southwest Film Festival will introduce its inaugural midnight programme when the event kicks off in March following a deal with genre specialists Fantastic Fest.

The full SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest At Midnight will be unveiled towards the end of February. Festival organisers also unveiled that former Picturehouse and Newmarket chief Bob Berney will discuss the state of cinema and the future of independent distribution in what should be one of the highlights of the panel programme.

Also on the agenda will be a panel on Stanley Kubrick, online marketing, elevator pitching, and the confluence between film and videogames.

The film festival runs from March 13-21. For further information about the panels and previously announced line-up visit the festival website.