Film Schedule is Live! Plus Keynotes, Conversations, Films & More

Written by Jim Kolmar | Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
Rodrigo y Gabriela in For Those About to Rock. Image courtesy Alejandro Meja

The SXSW Film Schedule is now live! It's brimming with festival content for you to add to your schedule and to your SXSWgo app. We're also thrilled to announce that we're revealing over 200 conference sessions, including our final keynote, Spiderman director Marc Webb. We're also adding conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton. For the full list see below, and head to the schedule page to start making your plans for SXSW Film.

We're also adding another eight feature films to the lineup, including the world premiere of a brand new Rodrigo y Gabriela film, For Those About to Rock. Scroll down to see the titles or click here

Go to the SXSW Film Schedule page now, and get clicking! For best results, you can also download the SXSWgo app to make sure you have your schedule handy at all times.

Don't forget, SXSW Film will be hosting a Reddit AMA, this Thursday, February 13 at 11am CST. For more info, check out this post.

See you in March!

Keynote - Marc Webb

Saturday, March 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center

Featured Sessions

A Conversation with Jason Bateman (Moderator TBA)
Saturday, March 8, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center

A Conversation with Mike Myers (Moderated by Jon Favreau)
Monday, March 10, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center

A Conversation with Ralph Steadman (Moderated by Douglas Brinkley)
Sunday, March 9, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center

A Conversation with Robert Duvall (Moderated by Leonard Maltin)
Tuesday, March 11, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center

A Conversation with Tilda Swinton (Moderated by Eugene Hernandez)
Saturday, March 8, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center

Film Conference Lineup by Day

Open to Film, Gold and Platinum badgeholders

Friday, March 7

A Beginners Guide to SXSW
The Emotional Language of Film with Skywalker Sound
An Insider’s Preview to the SXSW Film Festival

Saturday, March 8

A Conversation with Tilda Swinton
A Conversation with Jason Bateman
Come and Capture: Choosing the Right Camera for You and Your Project
Future 15s: Funding
Future 15s: Distribution
Future 15s: Content
How To Book Your Next Audition
How to Shoot Stunts and Action on a Budget
Marc Webb Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Vicky Boone & Kerry Barden
Meet the Insiders: Funding & Special Organizations
Meet the Insiders: Col Needham & Kerry Trainor
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions
Mentors: Publicity
Mentors: Legal
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions 2
TV's Decision Makers: AMC, FX, Showtime and HBO

Sunday, March 9

5 Lessons Learned from Movie Studios on How to Market Your Movie
A Conversation with Ralph Steadman
Come and Capture: Capture, Cut, Color, Deliver
Deliverables Today
Future 15s: Creativity
Future 15s: Grab Bag
Future 15s: New Media
Jason Blum Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Richard Lorber & Michael Barker
Meet the Insiders: Dean Silvers & Anne Thompson
Mentors: Digital Media
Mentors: Programming Narrative
Mentors: Programming Documentary
Mentors: International
Risk-Reward Profiles of Investments in Indie Film

Monday, March 10

After Wrap: Finding The Right Distribution Partner
Collaboration is King
Come and Capture: Content Creation with Soul
A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky
A Conversation with Mike Myers
Damnation (Screening + Panel)
Digital Marketing Law for Filmmakers
Directing the Dead III
Lena Dunham Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff
Meet the Insiders: Jay Van Hoy & Karen Murphy
Meet the Insiders: Carl Spence & Danny Rhee
Mentors: Distribution: Documentary
Mentors: Distribution: Narrative
Mentors: Filmmakers: Documentary
Mentors: Filmmakers: Narrative
Parlay Your Skills Beyond the Screen
U.S. Immigration Options for Film Professionals

Convergence Sessions (By Venue)

Open to all Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badgeholders // Friday, 3/7–Tuesday, 3/11.

Austin Convention Center (ACC) Ballroom D: Featured Sessions

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon: A Social Phenomenon Turns 20
Are We All Producers Now?
Be Awesome without Their Permission
Box's Aaron Levie Talks w/ FORTUNE's Jessi Hempel
Creativity Is the New Literacy
Do Algorithms Dream of Viral Content?
FEEDing the Future: The Power of Social Business (Convergence Day)
The Future of Making
How Tech Companies Can Renew Capitalism
Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?
Knocking Down the Door: The U.S. National Team and America's World Cup Dreams (SXsports)
Media & The Personal Brand - ESPN, Grantland & 538 (SXsports)
Nasty Gal: Turning Heads While Turning Profits
Running the Show: TV's New Queen of Comedy

ACC Room 18ABCD: Featured Sessions

Accurate, Fair & Safe: The Ethics of Social News
Building a Social Media "Duck" Dynasty (Convergence Day)
Can Great Journalism Make for Great Business?
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Code Monkey Save World: A Kickstarter Case Study (Convergence Day)
DIY App & eBook Publishing: A Live Demonstration
Fearlessly Funny: The Women Changing Digital Humor
The Form Factor Is the Message
Hunting for Elephants: Creating Enterprise Value in Sports Media (SXsports)
Inside Late Night with Seth Meyers
Instagramming the News
Is Online Video Killing TV?
Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Workshop
Mobile Zen: The Data Behind Happiness
Online LEGO Fans & the People Who Love Them
The Pete Holmes Show Makes It Weird
Portlandia: Behind the Scenes with the Creators (Convergence Day)
SXSW Interview: Neil Young (Convergence Day)
Syrian Electronic Army Wuz Here
What's the New "Having It All"?
Why Didn't a Tech Journalist Break PRISM?

ACC Austin Suite: Digital Domain

A Discussion on Viral Content with RSA Films
American Interior: 1 Story, 4 Formats: 3 Speakers
Build an Audience Without Selling Out Creatively
Can we beat DreamWorks and Pixar from Argentina?
Discover Your City Through the Movies Shot in It
Empire: Experimental Storytelling Across Platforms
FRANK: A Twitter Prequel by @jonburroughs83
IDFA DocLab presents the Emotional Arcade (and Other Interactive Stories That Move Us)
Interview with The Goggles: Immersive Storytelling
Last Hijack Interactive
McLaren Workshop: From Catalogue to KILLER App
New Narratives: Building An Interactive Storyworld
Our Lady Of Lourdes: From Short to Web Mini-Series
Social Video Player by CANAL PLUS
The New York Times's Op-Docs: Online Documentaries

ACC Ballroom G: The Day Stage

Digital Domain Presents: AMC's The Walking Dead Webisodes
Digital Domain Presents: Wedlock
Filmmaker Pre-Fest Pitches
The Smartest Dumbass: Interactive vs. Film
Trailer Park Round 1
Trailer Park Round 2

Driskill Hotel

SXsports // Friday, 3/7 – Sunday, 3/9
Future of Entertainment // Monday, 3/10 – Tuesday, 3/11

Driskill Ballroom

24-Hour Sports in the Age of Bite-Sized Content (SXsports)
Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion (SXsports)
Arena vs. Couch: The Battle of Game Day Experience (SXsports)
Crushing Second Screen: The Ultimate TV Companion (SXsports)
A Direct Distribution Odyssey-Indie Game:The Movie
The Future of Sports Can Be Found in the Data (SXsports)
The Golden Age of Drama on TV
Heads Up: Concussions in Sports (SXsports)
Innovation in Big-Time College Football (SXsports)
MCNs: The Next-Generation Media Companies (Convergence Day)
Multiplatform Strategies for Making Good Happen
NASCAR, NBA, MLS: Storytelling to Build Affinity (SXsports)
NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (SXsports)
Paid to Play: The Future of College Athletics (SXsports)
The Reel Score: Storytelling Through Sports (SXsports)
Search Is Dead: The Secret Sauce Behind Discovery
Stand Up to Content Bullies, Know Your Copy Rights (Convergence Day)
Trust-Based Campaigns: A Brand Ambassador w/ PTSD (Convergence Day)
TV or Not TV? Defining Networks in the Digital Age
What's New in Fantasy Sports (SXsports)
User-Generated Content: Who Owns What? (Convergence Day)

Maximilian Room

Baller Status: Sports Brands’ Impact on Culture (SXsports)
Connected TVs & the Future of Sports Entertainment (SXsports)
Create Your Own Media Brand Through Collaboration
Cutting Through the Noise: How Big Ideas Emerge
Disruption of TV and the Future of "Online" Video (Convergence Day)
Drones in Sports: The Sky's the Limit (SXsports)
Freediving - The Tanya Streeter Experience (SXsports)
How Future Star Athletes Are Being Discovered (SXsports)
How Spartacus Dominated the Facebook Arena (Convergence Day)
Notre Dame & Spotify: Our Playlist, Our Story (SXsports)
On YouTube, on TNT, in theaters: all together now! (Convergence Day)
Platforms vs. Publishers: A Big New Theory
The Printed Athlete: Sports Embraces 3D Printing (SXsports)
Social on the Field: Sports Stars & Social Goals (SXsports)
Sports Betting in the Mainstream Media (SXsports)
Stop Pricing Tickets Like It's 1999 (SXsports)
A Texas Filibuster: How Streaming Politics Beat TV
We All Copy Stuff. But How Close Is Too Close? (Convergence Day)

Jim Hogg Parlor

Brands Can Champion the Power of Sport (SXsports)
Sports Don't Look the Same Anymore (SXsports)
Sports Matter: The Need to Support Youth Sports (SXsports)
Talking the Talk: Sports Lingo in Pop Culture (SXsports)
Where Are the Fans? What Happened to Traditions? (SXsports)
Can You Spread The Virus?
Make or Buy? Is In-House Video Right for You?
McLuhan and the 5 Ps of Video. Huh?
TV Storytelling Adapted for Twitter

Convergence Day // Tuesday, 3/11

Open to ALL SXSW badges
Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center + above noted Convergence Day sessions in Ballroom D, 18ABCD and the Driskill Hotel


All About Hidden Camera & Investigative Reporting
What Filmmakers Can Learn From the Music Industry

ACC Room 11AB

Mentors: Artist Development
Mentors: Press & Bloggers
Mentors: Producers/Production 1
Mentors: Producers/Production 2

ACC Room 13AB

Creative Sound Design for Web Content
Navigating Partnerships: Film and Advocacy
Smart Glasses: The Future of Wearables & Content

ACC Room 15

Can Digital Game Publishing Show Us The Way?
How NOT To Produce Movies
Working Remotely - Making Films Across States

ACC Room 16AB

In the Lion's Den with Schwartzman, Adebimpe, and Byington

ACC Room 17B

Coogler & Vogt-Roberts process WTF just happened
Meet the Insiders: David Wingo & Graham Reynolds
Meet the Insiders: Julie Fallin & Rebecca Sosa
Meet the Insiders: Tim League & Hadrian Belove

Additional Films


May the Best Man Win

Director: Andrew O’Connor, Screenwriters: Matthew Robinson, Lee Hupfield, Andrew O’Connor
Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.
Cast: Whit Thomas, Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar (World Premiere)


Directors: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
A river's dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it - a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River. (World Premiere)


*Note Title Change: Previously announced as Sheffield: Sex City, the Florian Habicht documentary is now entitled PULP: a film about life, death and supermarkets…

Big in Japan

Director/Screenwriter: John Jeffcoat
Big in Japan is a comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance.
Cast: David Drury, Philip A Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers (World Premiere)

For Those About to Rock. The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández
The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music. (World Premiere)


Last Hijack
Directors: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling.


What We Do In the Shadows
Directors/Screenwriters: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement
From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties— What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human—life is better with friends.
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer


The Doug Benson Movie Interruption
Comedian Doug Benson and a few funny friends take over the theater's front row, providing a live comedy soundtrack to the classic film onscreen.

Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago
Director: Marcus Raboy
Hannibal Buress' newest stand-up hour, Live From Chicago, is premiering at SXSW before it's on Comedy Central, March 29th! (World Premiere)

Photo - Rodrigo y Gabriela in For Those About to Rock. Image courtesy Alejandro Meja