SXSW is the premier destination for global thought leaders working on new ideas to cultivate creativity and build a better future. From March 13-20, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film program to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera.
Running concurrent with the SXSW Conference and Music and Comedy Festivals, the Film Festival features provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more. The Film Festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.
A Film Badge gets you primary access to all SXSW Film events including Film Keynotes and Featured Sessions, world premieres, round tables, parties, and more.
“I love SXSW because it’s one of the most well-programmed, smoothly organized, and enjoyable film festivals in the world.” – Alex Winter
From the Red Carpet to the SXSW Conference
Over the course of nine days, the SXSW Film Festival hosts over 450 screenings! Film registrants also have primary access to Convergence events, including the Comedy Festival and 10 unique Conference tracks, as well as secondary access to most Interactive and Music events.
For a look at what’s ahead this March, the 2019 SXSW Film Festival program encompassed 134 Feature Films including 101 World Premieres, 9 North American Premieres, 3 US Premieres,101 Short Films (including music videos), 5 Episodic Premieres, 12 Episodic Pilots, 25 Virtual Cinema Projects, and 30 Title Design entries.
Notable star-studded World Premieres were Jordan Peele’s Us, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, Pet Sematary, and Long Shot. Episodic World Premieres included Ramy, What We Do in the Shadows, Shrill, and many more! Look at the full 2019 Lineup here.
On the Conference side, we had Film Keynotes from PJ Raval, Marti Noxon, Jessica Brillhart (Convergence), and Wilde. Other noteworthy Featured Speakers were Elisabeth Moss, Pamela Adlon, Jodie Foster, Zoe Saldana, Neil Gaiman, Jason Blum, Elizabeth Banks, Henry Winkler, Ethan Hawke, Busy Philipps, and Aidy Bryant.
It’s a strange sensation to make work that you doubt anyone will identify with and then suddenly be welcomed at SXSW and then have a community of people band together in that same loneliness of self creation. It’s a bond we can’t shake.” – Amy Seimetz
Find Your Next Collaborator
SXSW attracts registrants from all over the world! Meet Ups are a great way to connect, seek out inspiration, and find collaboration opportunities across a wide range of industries, interests and groups. Past Film Meet Ups include actor/agent, Bridging Diversity in the Film Industry, and Episodic Creator Meet Up. To get more of a taste of what you might expect at the 2020 event, take a look here.
Don’t forget about the parties and happy hours. The Film Opening and Intermission parties offer more mix and mingle opportunities and are not to be missed!
Gain Advice from Film Industry Advice Experts
Mentor Sessions and Round Tables are an excellent way to get industry advice with a personal touch. Mentor Sessions center around one-on-one meetings with film and entertainment professionals, with experts in fields ranging from distribution and filmmaking to marketing, promotion, and more.
The Round Table program allows for seven attendees to sit at a table and converse with a rotating group of industry insiders. Not only do attendees get the opportunity to learn from industry insiders, but also from the questions and experiences of their peers. Like the Mentor sessions, Round Tables are broken up into different sections spanning the whole filmmaking ecosystem.
“What SXSW gave me, as a young actor/writer/director/producer, was a sense of belonging and a place to be heard. That is more valuable than anything else for a young artist, the knowledge that you are not doing it alone or in a void. ” – Greta Gerwig
Join Us for SXSW 2020
Learning goes beyond the classroom at SXSW and positions you in front of potential future employers, mentors, and creative collaborators. If you are a student, SXSW offers an exclusive discount. Currently enrolled students may apply to purchase a SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, or SXSW Music Badge at the discounted rate.
Reading all about the Film Badge value might be an easy sell to you, but how about to your boss? We know that registration and travel can add up and be a daunting request to your supervisor and company, so we’ve created a handy letter with key takeaways to help bolster your case to attend SXSW 2020, boost your professional development and come home as an even stronger asset to your company. Download the SXSW letter to help make your case if a formal request is required (or helpful).
Need more convincing? Take a look at our Film Recap from the 2019 event including red carpets, world premieres, and more (Hint: expect the unexpected this March).
What are you waiting for? Register now!
See you in March!
Episodic World Premiere of What We Do In the Shadows – Photo by Travis P Bell