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SXSW 2013 Film Festival Announces First Round of Panels and New Programming

When this announcement landed in my inbox I could hardly contain my excitement.  Then I remembered that it’s still 2012 and the next SXSW Film Festival is still six months away!  The announcement of new programming at SXSW 2013 has whetted my appetite though and I’m ready for the next waves to be announced.  The new panels will add another dimension to the festival that has never been seen before and will benefit film industry attendees as well as those of us who are film info-junkies.

Now in its 20th year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival continues to evolve alongside the ever-changing film industry and expand its programming with an eye towards the future. Today the event announced the first batch of confirmed panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions for 2013, and two all new Conference tracks including Startup Alley, a dedicated day of programming focused on startup entrepreneurs and investors, and the Come & Capture Film Factory, which explores the newest tools for capturing and creating content. The complete Conference lineup, including major featured Conversations, will be announced in early 2013.

In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over 150 informative and entertaining featured Conversations, panels, workshops and mentor sessions. The program presents topics that cover the film spectrum, with an emphasis on the intersection of the Film and Interactive worlds. 2012 participants included creative leaders and industry experts, as well as talent like Seth MacFarlane, Lena Dunham, Joss Whedon, Mark Wahlberg, Judd Apatow and Willem Dafoe. Additionally, the Digital Domain addresses new directions in storytelling in a constantly mutating web environment, featuring web series, interactive documentaries, apps, rich media projects, data visualization and more. The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will take place March 8 – 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

“As the lines between film and technology continue to blur, SXSW Film remains ahead of the curve as we host digital creatives from across all fields. Startup Alley and the Come & Capture Film Factory are just two of the exciting new initiatives for 2013 that will capitalize on our unique environment,” said SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Hands on and immersive, these new programs are designed to facilitate creative combustion affecting every facet of making, distributing, and enjoying great filmmaking.”

New for 2013:

SXSW Film Startup Alley
Sunday, March 10, 2013 // Located at the Austin Convention Center
Engaging panels and unique networking opportunities with trailblazing entrepreneurs and expert investors, as well as demos from some new and exciting disruptive film and television startups. SXSW Startup Alley programming is open to all 2013 SXSW Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants. For updates, visit

Come & Capture Film Factory
Saturday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:00am–6:00pm daily //
Located at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel (Capital Ballroom, Section B)
Explore and interact with the newest tools for capturing and creating content. Each day will begin with panel discussions, workshops, and demos, and round out with the opportunity for registrants to tinker with a pavilion of products. Registrants are encouraged to come in to sample a range of filmmaking products, go out each day and capture their experiences at SXSW, and share their finished work with the SXSW community through SXSW’s online channels, including the official festival website. For more details, visit

Submitted and selected in part via the SXSW PanelPicker™, the first confirmed panel, workshop and Digital Domain sessions for the 2013 SXSW Film Conference are:


• An Insider’s Preview to the SXSW Film Festival
(Organized by Chuck Walton / Fandango)

• Case Study: Vagina Puppets and Fair Use
(Organized by Lucas Leyva / Borscht Corporation)

• Changing Rules for Women and Sex on TV
(Organized by Alissa Neil / Slate)

• Dangerous Docs! When the Subject Bites Back
(Organized by Patricia Aufderheide / American University)

• Downloaded: The Digital Revolution
(Organized by Alex Winter / VH1 Rock Docs)

• Fan-Made Film Distribution Disruption
(Organized by Nathan Levinson / Adler Integrated)

• Finding the Dough: Navigating the Digital Market
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

• The Future of TV Coverage in the Post-Recap World
(Organized by Dan Kois / Slate)

• How Hollywood Is Taking On Digital
(Organized by Jennifer Stephens Acree / JSA Strategies)

• New Grass Roots: Digital Age Movie Marketing
(Organized by Krista Smith / Vanity Fair)

• The Power of Film (To Change the World)
(Organized by Turk Pipkin / The Nobelity Project)

• Reality Bites: Surviving the Film Biz in Your 20s
(Organized by Sara Kiener / Film Presence)

• SXSW Presents: The New York Times’s Op-Docs
(Organized by Jason Spingarn-Koff / The New York Times)


• Determining Where to Produce Your Film
(Organized by Ginger Sledge / Zenzero)

• Digital Marketing Law for Filmmakers
(Organized by Anne Moebes / Law Office of Anne Moebes)

• Filmmaking as User Experience Design
(Organized by Jason Brush / Possible Worldwide)

• Online Marketplaces: What Filmmakers Need To Know
(Organized by Marc Schiller / BOND Strategy and Influence)

Digital Domain:

• Creating Films for Computers: A Pragmatic Approach
(Organized by Vincent Morisset / AATOAA)

• Exploring Place Via Cross-Platform Storytelling
(Organized by Liz Nord / Independent)

• The Future of Video: The Post YouTube Apocalypse
(Organized by Brittany Geldmacher / Maker Studios)

• The Open Documentary Lab at MIT
(Organized by Sarah Wolozin / MIT Open Documentary Lab)

• Shooting for Impact: Online Doc Shorts Now
(Organized by Beth Levison / Etsy, Inc.)

I have been waiting for SXSW 2013 since the minute SXSW 2012 ended.  It is such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to be there again in 2013.  This is an amazing festival and I can’t imagine what is in store for film lovers this coming year after the awesomeness that was presented at this past festival!

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What do you think of the new additions to the SXSW 2013 programming?


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Cat is an Austinite once removed with an affinity for film, TV, comics, graphic novels, and really anything she can read or watch. She gets emotionally invested in movie, television and literary characters, to an unhealthy degree. Cat has always had a passion for writing and there is little she loves more. Hopeful cynic and funny lady.