Making Film & Episodics

March 13-17

Film Track

Covering the range of film and television creation from script to post-production, these sessions are designed to guide filmmakers through the strategies and techniques that are crucial in crafting these media.

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Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum - Photo by Dave Pedley/Getty Images for SXSW

Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum - Photo by Dave Pedley/Getty Images for SXSW

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Sustainability for Storytellers

In an entertainment landscape of ever changing business models and a growing body of gatekeepers, emergent storytellers face the challenge of finding sustainable paths. This panel will discuss themes such as looking outside traditional systems to get your story made, innovative marketing tactics, and building agile teams, and charter new paths for storytellers to not just survive but thrive.

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FOIA for Filmmakers

The process is fraught with frustrating roadblocks, lengthy delays and obstruction. Let those who have fought the FOIA fights teach you the way the law works, the proper process to make a request, how to expedite your request and tips & tricks on getting over, under and around the roadblocks put up by government officials.

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Sandra Adair - Photo by Alex Tinsman

Sandra Adair

Filmmaker & Editor

Found Piece Productions

Megan O'Connor - Photo by Mark Droste

Megan O’Connor

Instructional Designer


2020 SXSW Conference Speaker Jim Cummings - Photo by courtesy of Speaker

Jim Cummings

VP of Creative Initiatives

Vanishing Angle

Kim Roberts-Hedgpeth - Photo c/o speaker

Kim Roberts-Hedgpeth

Executive Director

Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund

Karin Fong - Photo by Jyoteen Majmudar

Karin Fong

Creative Director

Imaginary Forces

Gia Mantegna - Photo by Tony Minas

Gia Mantegna


The Dead Girls Detective Agency

Debbie Berman - Photo by Lara Mazzawi

Debbie Berman


600+ PanelPicker® Sessions Announced

Presenting 600+ curated sessions from the SXSW community across our 22 Tracks of Conference programming.

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About the SXSW Conference


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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