Since then, it has had a stellar festival run, including Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz, Austria; Netia Off Camera Film Festival in Krakow, Poland, where Magdalena Berus won best actress; the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the U.K; Cinema Jove in Valencia, Spain; Gdynia Film Festival in Poland; Utrecht Film Festival in the Netherlands; Filmfest Hamburg in Germany, where it scored a jury special mention; the São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil; the Geneva International Film Festival in Switzerland; Filmfestival Cottbus in Germany; and the Cork Film Festival in Ireland.
Kino Swiat is the film’s Polish distributor. “We had the deal before, but the fact that film was shown at SXSW was crucial for distribution potential,” says Ewelina Mazurkiewicz-Mąka, the film’s production manager. “We signed our Amazon release after SXSW. We received the proposal because the film was at SXSW, so it was very useful in that way.”
The team found the SXSW exposure rewarding. “Our SXSW experience was great. It was a great place to present our film,” says Mazurkiewicz-Mąka. “As a matter of fact, all festivals should be like this one, to combine different fields of art, especially in case of independent art.”
Feature debutant Samir Oliveros’ Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia), where incompatible sibling teens embark on a journey of reconciliation, had its world premiere in SXSW’s Global strand. It has been on an unstoppable festival journey since then, playing at 21 of them including London, Stockholm, Montreal, Mumbai, Philadelphia and Curaçao.
“So many other programmers from the world’s festivals keep an eye out on SXSW’s programming to see what’s coming out in independent cinema,” says Oliveros. “I’ve spoken to several programmers that said they started to track the film after its SXSW appearance.”