What is the SXSW Film Conference?

2014 SXSW Film Keynote Speakers

From conversations with today’s most talented creators, to one-on-one mentor sessions with experts, the SXSW Film Conference brings together the best and the brightest from all spectrums of the film industry into one vibrant community. The SXSW Film Conference covers a breadth of topics, from digital release strategies, to filmmaking techniques, production, and casting, just to name a few. The 2016 dates for the SXSW Film Conference are March 11-15, 2016 and you must have a SXSW Film, Gold or Platinum badge to attend.

The Film Conference is enhanced by SXSW Convergence programming, which exists at the intersection of Music, Film and Interactive. Programming described as Convergence is accessible to more than one type of badge, which provides a bonus learning & networking opportunity that can only be found at SXSW.

Browse 2015 Film Conference sessions or listen to audio recordings on the SXSW Soundcloud page or watch video content on the SXSW YouTube Channel.

SXSW Film Session Formats

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programming is open to all SXSW Film, Gold and Platinum registrants. Please email cle@sxsw.com with any questions.

Featured Sessions
Spotlighting the people and trends important to the SXSW community and the filmmaking world. Featured Sessions also include our well-known Conversation series with iconic filmmakers, actors and industry leaders moderated by a noted journalist, academic or fellow creative.

Tightly focused and informative, Future15s are three high energy, fifteen-minute sessions packed into one hour.

Introduced in 2014, Keynotes kick off the Film Conference Saturday through Tuesday by inspiring and empowering attendees. Keynote speakers embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive of SXSW.

Meet the Insiders
Connecting you with insiders of the film community who are defining and pushing the boundaries of their fields. Meet the Insiders consist of 20 minute one-on-one moderated interviews with three different insiders.

Meet Ups
Meet your next collaborator, business partner or new best friend during Film Meet Ups.

One of the most popular sessions at the Film Conference, mentor sessions offer attendees one-on-one interaction with industry experts and creative game changers. Advance sign up is required.

Offering essential insights into the art & business of film and media, panels make up the bulk of sessions at the Film Conference. Panels range from beginner to advanced levels and generally consist of three to four panelists.

Covering the latest trends in the industry, workshops provide practical knowledge and inspiration in the form of hands-on experience.

Photo credits:
Casey Neistat photo by Hutton Supancic / Getty Images
Marc Webb photo by Cris Dewitt
Lena Dunham photo by Hutton Supancic / Getty Images
Jason Blum photo by Mindy Best / Getty Images