SXSW Mentors and Film Round Tables Announced – RSVPs Now Live

Mentors: Narrative Filmmaking - Photo by Nicole Burton

The beauty of events like SXSW has always been the ability to meet people from all across the globe and having the opportunity to learn and be inspired by one another. Keep the creativity going and continue seeking out answers to your questions from the comfort of your home. At SXSW Online, connect with professionals from all areas of the tech, film, and music industries with Mentor Sessions and Round Tables.

RSVP for Mentor Sessions – 15 minute one-on-one meetings with a wide range of industry professionals – on Mentorly. Round Tables – informal discussions with film industry experts – can be reserved on the SXSW Online Platform. You must RSVP for Mentor Sessions or Round Tables in advance. RSVPs launch on March 9 at 11am CT.

Mentor Sessions are organized by areas of expertise including Cannabusiness, Space, Climate and Social Action, and more. Find an expert that will help guide you to success in your business ventures with our preview list of SXSW Online Mentors and Round Table participants below.

SXSW Mentors By Track

Advertising & Brand Experience

Kelsey Formost
Magic Words Copywriting | Founder

Dr. Charles Wood
University of Tulsa | Professor of Marketing, Center Director

Douglas Scott
Subnation Media | Co-Founder

Janis Middleton
22squared Ad Agency | SVP, Executive Director of Multicultural and Inclusion Strategy

Dolores Hirschmann
Masters in Clarity | Chief Clarity Officer

Steve Keller
Studio Resonate at Pandora | Sonic Strategy Director

Margot Bloomstein
Appropriate, Inc. | Principal

Bessie Lee
Withinlink | Founder and CEO

Damian Bazadona
Situation | Founder, President

Brandon Rachon
Kastner and Partners | Chief Creative Officer

Joseph Jaffe
CoronaTV | Host

Lina Renzina
The Ad Council | Talent Partnerships

Alexandra Lourdes, Ph.D
Refined Hospitality - Café Lola, Saint Honoré Doughnuts & Beignets | Founder

Sarita Alami
Mailchimp | Director of Programming, Mailchimp Studios

Jesus M Rodriguez
Makine | SVP Creative + Strategy

Brent Buntin
Code and Theory | CMO

David Meltzer
Sports 1 Marketing | Co-Founder


Amanda Reiman
Personal Plants | Founder

Ryan Crane
Tempo | Founder & CEO

Liz Grow
Grow House Media | CEO

Jessica Velazquez
INDIVA ADVISORS LLP | Managing Partner

Mary Pryor
Cannaclusive and TONIC CBD | Founder and CMO

Austin Stevenson
VERTOSA INC. | Chief Innovation Officer

Kellen O'Keefe
Flower One | Chief Strategy Officer

Naweh Totimeh
Aequilibrium | Founder/President

Leah Maurer
The Weed Blog | Co-Owner

Karson Humiston
Vangst | Founder and CEO

Climate & Social Action

Leah Lizarondo
Food Rescue Hero | CEO

Kathy Wang
IBM | Product Designer

Benjamin Lopez
Texas A&M University | Researcher

Karen Fleshman
Racy Conversations | Founder

Dr. Angela Jackson
New Profit | Managing Partner

Michelle Byle
| Creative Director

Connection & Culture

Shannon Marie Riley
Building 180 | Founder

Juan Carlos Perez
Art+Logic | Director of Marketing

Priyanka Jaisinghani
Girlz,FTW | Co-Founder

Anita Jaisinghani
Pondicheri Restaurant | Chef/Owner

Lin Jerome
Refined Hospitality | Founder

Elizabeth Blau
Blau and Associates | CEO and Founder

Reed Slobusky
SkinnyFATS | Founder

Mary Cheyne
Magnetic Podium, LLC | Transformational Public Speaking Trainer & Coach

Mordechai Lightstone
Tech Tribe | Rabbi

Miraya Berke
Dessert Goals, Rom Com Fest, Mixily | Founder

Aaron Leventman
Almost Adults Productions | Creative Director


Richard Mullane
Hassell | Environment & Communities Sector Leader

David Dylan Thomas
Author, Design for Cognitive Bias | Cognitive Bias

Erik Summa
Dell Technologies | Innovation Experience Lead

Jessie McGuire
ThoughtMatter | Managing Director

Joe C. Klug
University of Arizona | Assistant Professor of Scenic Design

Liron Lavi Turkenich
Aravrit | Founder & Creative Director

Christine Park
Bayer | Design Director

Maria Yap
Adobe | Vice President of Digital Imaging Organization at Adobe

Future of Music

Brittany Douziech
Endemol Shine North America | Music Supervisor

Nicole Sanzio
InDigi Music | CEO/Founder

Steven Ambers
SOCAN | Vice President Corporate Development

Jessica Tolf Vulpius
Crunchy Frog / Crunchy Tunes | PR / sync agent

Jesper Yebo Reginal
Crunchy Frog / Crunchy Tunes | Boss Frog

Gareth Carter
Crunchy Tunes | Head of Sync

Ulrik Nalna Petersen
Crunchy Frog | Founder, Head of Digital Distribution

Andee Connors
Pandora / Sirius XM | Manager: Creator Engagement Team / Head of Metal & Punk Programming

Dan Nordheim
Pandora | Catalog & Creator Services Coordinator

Chris Bell
Chris Bell Productions | Producer/Engineer/Mixer

Paul Wiltshire
Songtradr, Inc | Founder/CEO

Militia Vox
Militious Productions, Militia Vox, Judas Priestess | Artist, Creator, Director, Founder

Dilini Weerasooriya
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management | Financial Advisor, CFP

Ed Brew
LabelRadar | CEO

Brianna Ruelas
Ruelas Music Group | CEO

Victoria Wiltshire
Songtradr | Chief Experience Officer

Doug Hall
Big Feat PR | Founder

Jake Webb
Slash MGMT | Founder

Peter Sotos
Independent Music Consultant

Paul Rocha
Secret City Records | Director, Creative Licensing and Synchronization

Jessica Klodnicki
Skullcandy | Chief Marketing Officer

Nermina Mumic
Legitary | CEO & Founder

Nina Carter
Broadcast Music Inc | Creative Director, Events & Partnerships

Tim Pattison
Broadcast Music Inc | Director, Creative Pop/Rock

Josiah Albertsen
Pandora + SiriusXM | Partner Manager, Catalog Specialist

Joanna Noyes
The Orchard | VP, Marketing

Carissa Stolting
Left Bank Artists / Unmanageable | Founder, Artist & Event Manager

Matthew Covey
Tamizdat | Executive Director

Olivia Harrington
Ten Atoms | Head of Film, TV and Brand Development / Manager

Adèle Ho
Little Spark Music | Music Supervisor

Kristin Grant
Westcott Multimedia, Inc | Founder

Toni Wallace
United Talent Agency | Co-Head of Music Brand Partnerships

Ola Sars
Soundtrack Your Brand | CEO & Founder

Francis Preve
Symplesound | Founder/Principal

Ann Markwell
This Fiction | Manager, A&R

Alisann Blood
United Talent Agency | Co-Head of Music Brand Partnerships

Arielle Rubin
Nettwerk Music Group | Manager

Cristina "Trinity" Velez-Justo
ReelScoring, LLC | Founder/Composer

Jeff Liebenson
Liebenson Law | Principal

Mike Warner
Work Hard Playlist Hard | Founder

Michele Darling
Berklee College of Music | Assistant Chair of Electronic Production and Design

Shari Hoffman
Transparence Entertainment Group | Co-founder & CEO

Craig Snyder
Lyte | Director of Business Development

Reema Iqbal
BMI | Sr Director, Creative - Film, TV, Visual Media

Game Industry

Matt Arden
NBA 2K League (NBA) | Head of Content & Media

Lee Perez
Meddling Kids | CEO & Game Director

Emma Buttin
French Embassy in the US | New Media Officer

Jeff Rona
Wide Blue Sky | Composer, Producer

Government & Politics

Dominique Harrison
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies | Director, Technology Policy

Chelsea Collier
Digi.City | Founder

Sherri Greenberg
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs | Professor of Practice, Fellow of Max Sherman Chair in State & Local Government, Graduate Advisor

Health & MedTech

David Tobin
Audiojack | CEO / Founder

Melissa Barker
The Phoenix Project | Founder & CEO

Rachel Carmen Ceasar
Culture of Health+Tech Consulting // University of Southern California (USC) | Researcher

Andrew Nerlinger
PandemicTech | Co-founder

Prakash Jayakumar
The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School | Assistant Professor of Surgery / Director of Value Based Health Care and Outcome Measurement

Ambreen Molitor
Planned Parenthood Federation of America | Senior Director

Rhea Mehta
Bowhead Health | Co-founder

Shelly Bhowmik
Platform Wellness | Founder

Media & Journalism

Wilkine Brutus
WLRN, Miami's NPR | Palm Beach County Reporter

Daniel Villarreal
Newsweek, NBC Out, LGBTQ Nation | Contributor

Jose Papa
Trace Brasil / Bett | CEO / Chairman


Chris Impey
University of Arizona | Professor

Kenneth Harris
The Aerospace Corporation | Senior Engineer

David Delgado
Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Cultural Strategist

Dylan Taylor
Voyager Space Holdings | Chairman and CEO

Kim Arcand
SAO/NASA | Visualization scientist


Erica Vanstone
WFTDA | Executive Director

Jasmine Maietta
round21 | Founder

Brian Mirakian
Populous | Senior Principal


Heather Kumari McClellan
HKM Coaching & Consulting | Founder

Josh Daghir
R/GA Ventures | Associate Director, Strategy & Portfolio Manager

Sly Lee
Emerge | CEO, Cofounder

Mélissa Peng
Curly Executive | CEO

Heather Wentler
Doyenne | Executive Director & Co-founder

Caren Carrasco
Benjamin David Group | Managing Partner

Vincent Touati-Tomas
Northzone | Head of Marketing and Communications

Tech Industry & Enterprise

Addy Ruth
Cognite AS | Senior Web Developer

Wendy Xiao Schadeck
Northzone | Partner

Cynthia Overton
Kapor Center | Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives

Amanda. Gupta
CoveyLaw | Attorney

Ed Doran
Microsoft Research | Senior Director

Alexander Chan
Chan Solutions | Founder, VP Product

Josh Klein
Indigometrics | CEO and Co-Founder

Kate Baucherel
Galia Digital | Digital Strategist & Blockchain Explainer


Gorick Ng
The Unspoken Rules | Author

Carol Sankar
The Confidence Factor for Women | Founder

Obed Louissaint
IBM Corporation | Senior Vice President, Transformation & Culture

Craig Lemasters


Ulrich Schrauth
VRHAM! Festival | Artistic Director

Jimmy Cheng
Digital Domain | Director of Content

Simone Kliass
Voiceover Specialist and XR Researcher |

Arnaud Colinart
ATLAS V | Founder - Producer

Julie Walsh
Walsh Projects | Founder

Kim-Leigh Pontin
Nexus Studios | Creative Director

Diego Prilusky
Entrepreneur |

Elaine Wong
HTC Vive | Content Partnerships, Viveport

Making Film & Episodics

Elle Schneider
Director/Cinematographer |

Rebecca Stern
Cattle Rat Productions | Director

PJ Raval
Unraval Pictures | Documentary Filmmaker

Megan Griffiths
Filmmaker & Television Director

Yen Tan

Brian Taylor
Writer, Director, Producer

Adam Hootnick
Resonance Pictures | Founder / EP

Matthew Soraci
The Lagralane Group | COO

Elise McCave
Kickstarter | Senior Director, Film

Theresa Navarro
American Documentary, Inc. | POV | Vice President, External Affairs

Michael Kinomoto
ITVS/Independent Lens | Senior Manager, Production

Darrien Michele Gipson
SAGindie | Executive Director

Chris Ohlson
Revelator | Producer/Director

Barbara Crampton
AMP FILMS | VP of Production and Development

David Hartstein
Blue Suitcase | Producer

Valerie Steinberg
Valerie Steinberg Productions | Producer

Joseph Litzinger
BBC Studios/ Interesting Human Media | Executive Producer

Danielle Kreinik
Ubisoft Film & Television | Director of Television & Executive Producer “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet”

Cedric Gamelin
CloudWalker Games | Founder

Paul Merryman
Producer |

Alex Johnson
Screenwriter + Filmmaker |

Lisa Donato

Sarah Seulki Oh

Gregory Kallenberg
Film Prize/Film Prize Feature Factory | Founder

Bryan Poyser

Lindsey Dryden
Little By Little Films | Founder, Director, Producer

Heather Kafka

Film & TV Industry

Rowan Woods
British Council // London Film Festival | Film Programme Manager // Series and Episodic Programmer

Marcin Pieńkowski
New Horizons Film Festival | Festival Director

Jay Lin
Portico Media | CEO

Diego Marambio
INCAA - Argentina National Film Institute | International Affairs Coordinator

Dan Satorius
Satorius Law Firm PC | CEI

Deena Kalai
Deena Kalai, PLLC | Attorney

Nyasha Foy
Complex Media | Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs

Amy E. Mitchell
Amy E Mitchell, PLLC | Owner/Entertainment Attorney

David Nugent
Hamptons Film Fest | Artistic Director

Matthew Bolish
NYFF/Film Linc | Director of Operations & Production

Che Lin
Sandbox Immersive Festival | Curator/Lecturer

J Thomas Nam
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) | NAFF Managing Director/ BIFAN Programmer

Jim Brunzell III
Sound Unseen, LLC | Festival Director

Greg Rhem
Bronx Brain 64 | Founder/Chief Consultant

Ina Pira
Vimeo | Curator

Monica Garcia Massague
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia | General Manager

Andrew Peterson
Provincetown International Film Festival | Director of Programming

Alice Kharoubi
Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes | Director of Cinemas Programming

Lee Meltzer
R&CPMK | Director

Lina Plath
Frank Publicity | Co-Founder/Partner

Sylvia Desrochers
MPRM | Senior Vice President

Jacki St. Thomas
Jive PR + Digital | Account Manager - Entertainment

Will Jenkins
Civic Advisors | Political Consultant and Media Producer

Eric Sloss
Cinetic Media | Head of Sales

Matt Grady
Factory 25 | Founder

Aijah Keith
IFC Films | Director of Acquisitions

Andreas Olavarria
Level 33 Entertainment | President & CEO

John Van Thaden
Magnolia | SVP

Michael Repsch
Dark Star Pictures | President

Aaron Katz
Oscilloscope | Head of Acquisitions

Sarafina DiFelice
Netflix | Original documentaries

Robert Chernow
Good Deed Entertainment | Acquisitions Manager

Karol Martesko-Fenster
Abramorama | COO / Partner

David Magdael

Brandy Fons
Fons PR | Founder

Jay Kim
GiiOii / Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) | Producer / xR Curator

Landon Zakheim
Sundance Film Festival / Overlook Film Festival | Programmer, Short Films - Sundance / Co-Director - Overlook

Dale Cohen
UCLA Law | Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic

Britta Erich
Creative Europe Desk Hamburg | Consultant, Press, Communication

Film Round Tables By Track

Making Film & Episodics

Pamela Torno
ITVS | Senior Manager, Short-Form Content

Caroline von Kuhn
Sundance Institute | Catalyst Director

Flavio Alves
Queens Pictures LLC | Director

Clay Liford
Well Tailored Films | Writer/Director

Fanny L Grande
Avenida Productions LLC. | CEO Co-Founder

Kuye Youngblood
BRIC TV | Director | Head of Development & Production

Ramfis Myrthil
Beast of the East Productions | Founder/President

Julie Christeas
Tandem Pictures | Founder, CEO

Maria Zuckerman
Topic Studios | EVP, Head of Studio

Liz Cardenas
Ten to the Six Pictures | Founder

Kathleen Grace
New Form | Producer

Michael Taylor
Film Editor, member of AMPAS and ACE

Carol Silverman
Set Decorator

Natalie Difford
Cinereach | Head of Filmmaker Development

Rachel Crouch
Cold Iron Pictures | Director of Development

Claire Bargout
SpectreVision | Director of Development

Meghan McWilliams
CloudWalker | Founder

Holly Herrick
Austin Film Society | Head of Film & Creative Media

Alex Winter
Trouper Productions | Founder

Milan Chakraborty
Marginal MediaWorks | Head of Film

Chelsea Hernandez
Panda Bear Films | Director

Greta Fuentes
MACRO | Director of Development

Dan Tucker
York Mediale | Immersive Producer & Curator

Estela Valdivieso Chen
Serendipity | CEO/Producer

Amy Seidenwurm
Oculus | Executive Producer, VR for Good

Dale Cohen
UCLA Law | Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic

Britta Erich
Creative Europe Desk Hamburg | Consultant, Press, Communication

Film & TV Industry

Rachel Walker
Alamo Drafthouse | Head of Programming & Creative - Los Angeles, Virtual Events Team

Megan Leonard
Seattle International Film Festival | Programmer

Anderson Le
Hawaii International Film Festival | Artistic director

Jessie Fairbanks
SFFILM | Director of Programming

Meira Blaustein
Woodstock Film Festival | Co-Founder / Executive Director

Marian Koltai-Levine
R&CPMK | President of Film, Content and Marketing

Peter Van Steemburg
XYZ Films | Talent Manager

David Ninh
Kino Lorber | Director of Publicity

Ryan Kampe
Visit Films | President

Bryan Glick
GQue Films | President

Basil Tsiokos
Nantucket Film Festival / DOC NYC | Film Program Director / Director of Programming

Opal H Bennett
DOC NYC | Shorts Programmer | Director of Filmmaker Development

Carl Spence
FilmFreeway, Eventive, Miami Film Festival, Orcas Island Film Fest | Film Rep, Senior Programmer, Festival Director

Kristin McCracken
McCrackHouse | Social Media Strategist

Kristin Harris
Good Deed Entertainment / Cranked Up Films | EVP, Distribution & Operations

Sten-Kristian Saluveer
Marche Du Film - Festival de Cannes / Storytek | Head of NEXT / CEO

Mitch Davis
Fantasia International Film Festival | Artistic Director

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