SXSW Film Conference Sessions

Attendees at the 2015 SXSW Film Conference. Photo by Samantha Burkardt.

The SXSW Film Conference is a five-day crash course for working filmmakers, industry pros and film fans alike. Covering a breadth of topics, from content creation to new distribution models to what’s next in the film industry, attendees acquire first-hand knowledge from creative experts and entertaining speakers.

Specialized sessions such as hands-on workshops and one-on-one meetings through the Mentor Program further cultivates the community and intimacy of SXSW Film. See below for more information on how to attend sessions.

Stay tuned this fall for more information and 2016 Film Conference announcements. Follow the link for a list of past speakers.

Film Session Formats

Featured Sessions
These high profile sessions aim to spotlight key people and trends germane to the SXSW and filmmaking communities. Sessions include our Conversations with iconic and forward-thinking filmmakers, actors and industry leaders, moderated by a prominent journalist, academic or fellow creative.

Keynote sessions present a diverse lineup of visionaries from the film industry to deliver insightful speeches that aim to inspire, empower and reveal.

Meet Ups
Meet your next collaborator, business partner or new best friend over drinks and snacks at one of our Film Meet Ups.

Always popular, always essential, film mentor sessions offer attendees one-on-one interaction with industry experts, including filmmakers programmers, distributors and more. Advance sign up is required.

Panels make up the bulk of the Film Conference sessions and cover a wide spectrum of subjects and themes. Typically comprised of three or four expert panelists, plus a moderator, panels range from beginner to advanced levels and offer great insight in the the art and business of film and entertainment.

Workshops let you get your hands a little dirty, providing a more interactive conduit to the practical knowledge and inspiration you need to move ahead in the industry, or just to get a handle on new trends.

Attend Sessions

Whether you’re attending the SXSW Film Conference to sharpen your filmmaking skills or to boost your professional network, accessing sessions is simple.

Badges: You must have a SXSW 2016 badge to attend sessions. Film, Gold and Platinum badges have access to all Film Conference sessions and most Convergence programming. Music and Interactive badges have access to select Film sessions through Convergence programming.

Venues: For 2015, Film Conference sessions took place in downtown Austin at the Austin Convention Center, Stephen F. Austin InterContinental and Four Seasons Hotel. Check back this fall for 2016 Venues.

Line Procedures: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, except for mentor sessions which require advance sign up. For sessions with well-known speakers, we recommend arriving early.

Photo by Samantha Burkardt.