By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: Mar 06, 2013 12:11 AM EST

Ashely Benson, James Franco, Rachel Benson, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens (Photo : A24)

On March 8th Austin, Texas will open its annual South by South West festival, dedicated to music, film and new innovative ideas in entertainment.

The 2013 film program will see many of this year's highly anticipated films of the year. Harmony Korrine's "Spring Breakers" will be screened at the Festival with its Actresses' Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez in attendance. The film caused controversy at the Toronto Film Festival and is likely to continue to stir conversation.

"Mud" also returns to the festival circuit after its successful premiere last year at the Cannes Film festival. The movie was then screened at Sundance and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. "Mud" by Jeff Nichols stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

Joseph Gordon Levitt's "Don Jon's Addiction" will also play after its world premiere at Sundance and a screening at the Berlinale festivals. The movie scored mixed reviews and stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Levitt.

David Gordon Green brings his movie "Prince Avalanche" to SXSW after receiving the Best Director award at Berlin. The film starring Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd brings the director back to his Indie roots after forays into the studio system.

One of the most interesting films coming screening at SXSW is "Upstream Colors" by Shane Carruth. The film was compared to a Terence Malick film and has intrigued audiences thus far. It had successful runs at Sundance and Berlin. 

Chile and Mexico will offer two North American premieres with Carne de Perro and Diario de Tres Voces. "Perro" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 while "Voces" was showcased at all the major Mexican festivals.

Other films being showcased at the festival include "The Spectacular Now" with Shailene Woodley, Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "At Any Price" with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.

The festival runs through the 16th.

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