SXSW Film Conference Unleashes First-Wave Programming

Introducing the Startup Alley and Come & Capture Film Factory

Brace yourself: Wastelander Panda is coming.
Brace yourself: Wastelander Panda is coming.

March may seem like an awfully long ways away, but if you want to get a handle on the gajillion-strong programming choices at the 2013 SXSW Film Conference, it’s wise to start prepping now.

Just announced this afternoon is a snapshot of the upcoming conference. (The entire lineup will be announced in early 2013.) Two added tracks this year are the Startup Alley, which brings together startup, entrepreneur, and investor communities to spitball about emergent trends and to demo fledgling products and projects, and the Come & Capture Film Factory, a hands-on track dedicated to “the newest tools for capturing and creating content.”

Also teased today were two dozen workshops, panels, and Digital Domain programming, featuring locals Turk Pipkin and Karen Kocher and national/international figures like Alex Winter (possibly you know him better as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, or more recently as a Paul Ryan doppelgänger?), Dan Kois (a lively pop culture critic who nevertheless might as well stencil cultural vegetables mwah on his headstone now), and the team behind Aussie post-apocalypse planned web series Wastelander Panda.

The 2013 SXSW Film Conference & Festival runs March 8-16. For more info, including badge info, see See below for the full first-wave lineup.


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)


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.)

Storytelling Devices in Interactive Documentary
(Organized by Karen Kocher / U.T. Austin)

Wastelander Panda: From Trailer to Global Brand
(Organized by Kirsty Stark / Epic Ace Films)

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