Janet Pierson

Head of SXSW Film, Janet Pierson. Photo by Annie Ray. Head of SXSW Film // @JanetPierson

Janet Pierson is responsible for the vision, programming, and execution of SXSW Film Conference & Festival. Before joining SXSW in April 2008 for the 2009 event, Janet spent over 30 years championing independent films and filmmakers in a variety of roles – often in conjunction with her husband, author John Pierson – including exhibitor, producer’s rep, executive producer, and segment director of the IFC cable TV series Split Screen. She appears on screen in the Steve James Documentary, Reel Paradise and Andrew Bujaski’s, Beeswax. She loved curating In The Dark: Filmmakers Illuminate Stories from the Film World for The Moth, on 6/22/2001.

On the 2010 Guardian’s Film Power 100, and 2013 Indiewire Influencers lists, she regularly serves on panels, juries etc for other festivals and agencies including NEA, ITVS, BFI, and Creative Capital. She’s currently a member of the Austin Film Society Advisory Board and UT Press Advisory Council.

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