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Celebrating 25 Years of SXSW Film
Retrace some of the memorable milestones and highlights from over two decades of premieres, panels and special appearances.


25 Years of Film

25 Years of Film
1994
March 11

And so it begins

Modeled after SXSW Music, Louis Black, Nick Barbaro and Nancy Shafer constructed the first film event in under 3 months. The inaugural offering features eight panel sessions with 36 total speakers and two world premieres and is called the SXSW Film and Media Conference (SFMC)
March 19

Richard Linklater at SXSW

Richard Linklater at SXSW in 1994.
photo by Michael Crawford
1995
March 10

They can’t contain us

The SXSW Film and Media Conference splits into two separate events, “SXSW Film” and “SXSW Multimedia.” SXSW Multimedia will become SXSW Interactive in 1997. World premiere films included The Return Of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A More Perfect Union, The Man With The Perfect Swing and The Underneath, while conference programming was highlighted by speakers Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater.
1996
March 9

Sterling’s gold

In Dante Harper’s Delicate Art of the Rifle, Bruce Sterling plays a “Non-Linear Weatherman” who tries to impart the complex, unpredictable and chaotic nature of weather, while John Sayles treats SXSW Film to a sneak preview/world premiere of Lone Star.
1997
March 14

Build it and they will come

The original Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado Street opens just in time for the screening of Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men.
March 15

Kevin Smith, Mike Judge & Steven Soderbergh

Kevin Smith, Mike Judge & Steven Soderbergh
March 15

Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino & Richard Linklater

Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino & Richard Linklater
George Huang, Mike Judge, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino – all on the same panel!
1998
March 13

Double trouble

Total film submissions grow from 638 to 1015. Notable Talent: Sandra Bullock, Mike Judge, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Moore
March 14

The Newton Boys

The Newton Boys
Richard Linklater, Julianna Margulies, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, and Dwight Yoakam
1999
March 12

The stars at night are big and bright

The day after its L.A. premiere, Ron Howard, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson attend SXSW with EDtv.

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