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Awful Nice Announced as Final Buzz Screening!

Awful Nice

Our final buzz screening takes place at the Vimeo Theater tonight, and it is...Awful Nice!

Don't miss it - the hilarious film that has everyone talking will screen again at 9:30pm tonight at the Vimeo. Add it to your schedule here!

Stay tuned to the website for all the repeat screenings of Audience Awards, including Visions, 24 Beats per Second and SXGlobal!


Shorts Break: The Greatest Visionary You've Never Heard Of

This week, we've reached into the Sundance vaults to pull out two weird and wild tales that will challenge and delight.

From the sordid brain of Joe Sedelmaier comes Openminds, an attempt to recount the life and times of Raymond E. Bowles, one of our nation's great visionaries who you have probably never heard of, made famous for his artificial trees that seem just like the real things. In his quest to explore his legacy, Sedelmaier goes deep down the rabbit hole with this rollercoaster of style and form. The result is a hefty bit of wit and wisdom that never fails to entertain. You may be surprised to learn (or not) that this short was first imagined in 1970, only to be temporarily abandoned when Sedelmaier's commercial career took off. While his FedEx "Fast Talking Guy" spots or his Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" ads may still be burned into your brain, he never forgot about his narrative opus and came back to it in 2001, when he completed the short. The same great style he used in his commercials is on display here

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New Programming Announcements from SXSW Eco!

Adam Werbach SXSW Eco announced keynote speaker Adam Werbach today as well as a new competition: Place by Design.

Adam is a lifelong activist and Co-founder of the sharing startup, yerdle. His vast experience and singular perspective ensures he will illuminate the connection between business, advocacy and the circular economy as no one else can. Read more about Adam

Music Film Interactive Eco

Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch talk Prince Avalanche at SXSW 2013

Filmmakers in Focus: Scout Shannon on "Just Like Being There"

just_like_being_there_director.jpegNext we talk to director Scout Shannon about his new film, Just Like Being There, a documentary taking a look into the gig poster community showing that for some artists it's more than a career, it's a way of life. The film screens as part of the Documemtary Spotlight

  • Tell us a little about your film.

    It's snobs versus slobs at an upscale country club! And a pesky gopher is disrupting everyone's golf games! No wait, sorry. It's a documentary about silk screened rock posters, featuring interviews with the artists who make them, the fans who collect them, and the bands whose concerts are immortalized. Also, Leonard Maltin shows up for some reason.

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Audience Award Winners Announced!

The latest batch of award winners has been announced! This time it's the turn of nearly all the remaining Audience Awards, with the exception of Headliners, which will be announced on Monday, March 19.

Read below for the winners, including details of repeat screenings taking place tonight in various locations - click on a film title to add to your schedule. Congratulations everyone!

Winner: Brooklyn Castle
Director: Katy Dellamaggiore
Vimeo Theater

Winner: Fat Kid Rules The World
Director: Matthew Lillard

Winner: Under African Skies
Director: Joe Berlinger
Vimeo Theater

Winner: LOW & CLEAR
Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Alamo Lamar B

Winner: Citadel
Director: Ciaran Foy
Alamo Ritz 1

Winner: Her Master's Voice
Director: Nina Conti
Alamo Ritz 2

Winner: Chasing Ice
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Alamo Ritz 1

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Weekly News Reel - Monday, April 9, 2012

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SXSW Alumni Films - Watch Now! Friday, October 19


Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounteres, opens in NYC from October 31. Photo: Cosi Theodoli-Braschi

Documentary Spotlight, 2012
Opens October 31 (Ltd)


Wind Down at the SXSW Film Late Night Saloon

Photo courtesy of JW Walthall Want to relax after a long day of screenings, panels and parties during SXSW Film? Swing by Stephen F's Bar at the InterContinental Hotel to wind down and network with other SXSW attendees. The bar will be serving until 2am, and is open to the general public.

Don't forget to check out the other great SXSW Film hot spots at the InterContinental Hotel this year, including the Come & Capture Film Factory and the Fandango Lounge.


Humpday Highlights - More SXSW Film Bumpers!

Check out two more hilarious bumpers from SXSW 2012.

Directed by SXSW alum Geoff Marslett (Mars, SXSW 2010), these short films screened multiple times before films and screenings in the SXSW 2012 film program, and star Austin actors John Merriman (J.P.B.F.) and Chris Doubek (Slacker 2011).

View the first of Geoff's bumpers above, and see the second one here. Stay tuned to for more great videos.

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Short Order: The Kinda Sutra and The Raftman's Razor

 Discover remarkable films all year long in The Screening Room, a new YouTube Channel curated by Sundance Institute. Two new films from Sundance history will be placed on our page every Friday, and we will be regularly linking to shorts from the Festival already on YouTube, so check back often for lots of surprises.

This Friday, we bring you two very different, but wonderfully unique shorts. From Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu comes The Kinda Sutra, a documentary that combines interviews and animation to explore youthful misconceptions about how babies are made. A seven-time alumnus of the Festival, Yu’s short film Breathing Lessons also inspired the 2009 U.S. Competition film The Sessions, starring Jon Hawkes and Helen Hunt.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we offer The Raftman’s Razor, Keith Bearden’s  coming-of-age tale about two geeky teenage boys who become obsessed with the story of a superhero who does nothing. This nostalgic, yet existential meditation earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art

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Filmmakers in Focus: Catherine Scott on "Scarlet Road"

scarlet_road_director.jpegNext we talk to Catherine Scott, director of Scarlet Road, a documentary that will transform the way you see sex workers and people with disabilities forever.

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Thanks for Making 2012 Another Great Year!

A big thanks to our registrants, speakers, filmmakers, exhibitors, artists and sponsors for making SXSW 2012 such a great year! If you're already feeling nostalgic then you can head to our Videos and Podcasts page where we will be adding content from SXSW 2012 throughout the coming months.

SXSW 2013 will be here before you know it so keep checking for more content from this year and next year's dates. See you again soon!

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"Girls" Premiere at SXSW 2012 - Red carpet video Now Online!

HBO last night screened episode one of Lena Dunham's much anticipated Girls, produced with Judd Apatow.

Written, directed, produced by and starring Dunham, the series takes "a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s". It's already picking up rave reviews, and you can still catch reruns or watch online ahead of episode 2 next Sunday.

We were delighted to premiere the first 3 episodes at SXSW 2012; see what Dunham & Apatow had to say in the Red Carpet interviews above. As always, stay tuned to this blog, and to our YouTube channel for more great videos.

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Image of Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & Jenny Konner at Girls Q&A by Michael Buckner

Enter The Digital Domain, Now Via PanelPicker!

After a successful pilot year, we're delighted to re-launch The Digital Domain for SXSW 2013, now supported by the PanelPicker.

The inaugural Digital Domain presented projects that addressed latest trends in web series, interactive documentary, immersive mobile apps and much more.

Via PanelPicker, we are now accepting proposals for Digital Domain 2013. As the lines between Film and Interactive, art and commerce, fiction and non-fiction dissolve and diversify, we're eager to see how the latest generation of storytellers, innovators and digital creatives are exploiting this fertile new terrain.

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Formula 1 Documentary Screening in Austin - Win Tickets!

Image courtesy Spitfire PicturesFormula 1? Racing fans worldwide are always excited at the prospect of a new circuit, and their eyes will be focused on Texas this month as the Circuit of the Americas opens right here in Austin.

By way of celebration, SXSW is pleased to present a special sneak peek screening of a brand new F1? documentary, 1. The film is directed by Paul Crowder, and produced by Spitfire Pictures, the company being the Oscar-winning Undefeated (World premiere, SXSW 2011).


4 Sundance Films For Spring Break

Spring Break is, for most, but a faded reverie marked by fond (even if not lucid) memories of beach parties and similar presages of summer. While the sheer bliss of Spring Break is not likely to be recaptured anytime soon, these five films will help you summon the nostalgia of those carefree days.

Spring Breakdown

Before there was Spring Breakers, Ryan Shiraki’s Spring Breakdown offered a similarly absurdist take on the infamous week of college revelry. Judy, Gayle, and Becky (played by Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Parker Posey, respectively) are three less than chic women, all pushing 40, and collectively in over their heads when they arrive at South Padre Island unwittingly the same week as Spring Break. Between various acts of depravity, each manage to find their niche among the younger partygoers and quickly assume a god-like reputation around town.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and...Spring

In a stark departure from the decadence exhibited above,

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TFF 40 Poster Artist Dean Tavoularis

We proudly announce Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis as our 2013 poster artist. Tavoularis will attend the 40th Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend to present his poster design to the public and hold a poster signing for festival guests.

As a student, Dean Tavoularis studied painting and architecture at different art schools and went on to work at Disney Studios as an in-betweener in the animation department where he worked on the 1955 film LADY AND THE TRAMP. He then transitioned to the live-action department where he worked on the 1954 film 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. His career as a production designer began in 1967 when filmmaker Arthur Penn asked him to lead the artistic direction for BONNIE AND CLYDE. Three years later, he and Penn teamed up again on LITTLE BIG MAN. He began working with Francis Ford Coppola in 1972 on THE GODFATHER, which was the beginning of much collaboration including the latter two films in THE GODFATHER trilogy and APOCALYPSE NOW.
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Film & Interactive Day Events: Monday, March 12

Welcome to the fourth day of SXSW Film and Interactive 2012! Below is a list of just some of the events taking place Monday, March 12.

    Film Events for March, 12th 9:30am-5pm

    Interactive Events for March, 12th 9:30am-5pm

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Figuring out which films to see just became a whole lot easier with the Telluride Film Festival Mobile Application. Scheduling all of your screenings, seminars and soirées will seem like movie magic. Click here for iPhone and here Android. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry! Check out our web version of the app here.

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