SXSW Film Conference Tracks

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

The SXSW Film Conference is a 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. All Film Conference sessions will be organized into four tracks, and will also vary by session format. Stay tuned for more 2016 Film Conference announcements. Follow the link for a list of past speakers.

Find out more information on how to attend the SXSW Film Conference.

Film Conference Tracks

Open to all Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants.

Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators that will last beyond your time at SXSW, including Keynotes and conversations with high-profile speakers.

Creating Your Content
Learn everything you need to know about developing and crafting your project, from screenwriting to working with your subject to post-production, and beyond.

Finding Your Audience
Discover essential tools of the trade in distribution, marketing, sales and more to standout in the oversaturated media landscape.

What’s Next
Explore how storytelling is evolving to embrace new forms and technologies, and how these advancements can shape the future of independent filmmaking.

Convergence Tracks

Open to all Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants, as well as either Music and/or Interactive registrants depending on the track.

Any time you see a SXSW event described as Convergence, that programming is accessible to more than one type of badge. This means you'll be able to mingle directly with registrants from other areas of expertise, providing a bonus learning and networking opportunity that you'll only find at SXSW.

If you’re interested in the Convergence programming below, take a look at SXSW Gaming and SX Create, which are open to all SXSW registrants and the general public.

SXSW Comedy
SXSW Comedy showcases the best in up-and-coming and big name stand-up talent and also features a host of popular sessions centered around TV and Film.

Continuing Legal Education has been an important part of SXSW for many years. Members of the legal profession have priority access to these sessions and gain CLE credit for attendance.

Future of Entertainment
The Future of Entertainment track looks at the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on areas like TV and episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling, the cord cutting and OTT revolution and the business behind it all.

Music In Film
The crossover between the music and film spheres is obvious; music can set the tone and mood of movies, TV, and ads - or be the focus altogether. This track highlights emerging trends in music supervision, the complex business of sync licensing for artists and filmmakers, and celebrates music-focused programming in SXSW Film.

Networking Meet Ups
An environment for SXSW registrants to meet and network with other creative industry professionals who share similar career paths, passions and social interests.

Next Stage
Next Stage features intriguing presentations and performances that span the focus of the Music, Film and Interactive industries.

Online Harassment Summit
Experts from across the fields of academia, entertainment, video games, public policy, and social media come together to identify solutions for a more safe and civil online community.

SouthBites brings together the food community's most inspired speakers, chefs, filmmakers and enthusiasts to connect and explore ways in which technology can be leveraged to transform the food industry.

SXgood highlights innovative ideas from storytellers, entertainers, nonprofits, charities and digital creatives that are contributing to a better world.

SXsports tackles the future of sport in all its forms, from a cultural and technological perspective.

SXstyle explores the complex ties between fashion, art, culture and technology.

VR/AR Track
These technologies are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world around us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world.

Photo by Samantha Burkardt