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SXSW PanelPicker 2013: Voting Begins Monday, August 13

audience_jane_mcgonigal_mindy_best.jpgThanks to everyone who participated in the SXSW PanelPicker process for the 2013 season. We are thrilled with the response to this year's call and can't wait to see all of your great ideas.

The next phase of the PanelPicker process is the community voting period. From Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11:59 CT you can tell us what you think about each proposal. Each registered voter gets one vote per proposal, thumbs up or thumbs down. You can change your vote at any time during the voting period, and don't forget to leave a comment! Letting us know why you do or do not like a proposal or asking the organizer a question through the comments is a good way to get the most out of your PanelPicker voting experience.

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Enter The Digital Domain at SXSW Film

Image from Condition ONE - The Future of Mobile Video, courtesy Vic Hu

Have you made a web series? How about an interactive documentary or cross platform project? Apps? Data Visualization? If you have a web-based project that you think we should consider for SXSW Film, then submit it now to The Digital Domain.


SXSW Films on Release: Friday, August 24, 2012

Sleepwalk With Me


Sleepwalk With Me
Festival Favorites, 2012
August 24 (NYC)


Lovely Molly
Festival Favorites, 2012
August 28

Monsieur Lazhar
Festival Favorites, 2012
August 28


Short Film Programs - Now Eligible for BAFTA awards

Are you submitting a Narrative or Animated Short to SXSW 2013?

There are plenty of reasons why you should, but we're pleased to reveal that if your short is among those prestigious few selected to screen at the festival, you will also be eligible for BAFTA and Oscars consideration.

Think you're ready to take your place in film history? Submit your film now via our shopping cart, and head here for more information on BAFTA and Oscars eligibility.


Which Badge Should I Register For at SXSW Film?

Photo Credit: Anna SpyszPhoto Credit: Anna SpyszWith so many different things going on at SXSW, the first question to ask is, "What do I want to get out of it?"

We have a range of different badges available. Register for a Film Badge to get access to Film Screenings, Conference events, parties and more. Click here for full details.


Shorts Break: Medieval Humor and the First-Ever IMAX Short

We are proud to share one of the more celebrated shorts of recent times - More, directed by Mark Osborne. This lovingly animated stop-motion tale of an inventor's search for bliss and meaning in a dehumanizing universe of mass consumption won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Going beyond a great animation style, the short has an incredible level of humanism and the ability to take you into the story. More took more than nine months to film and was the first short ever shot in the IMAX format. And yes, that is music by New Order that you hear in the film. Though a popular fixture online in the early days of short film websites, the time has come to bring this powerful story back today, where it's still so strikingly relevant.

And here is our own iron man. Jake Mahaffy has been carving out a niche on the fringe of filmmaking for some time now, with the excellent character treatise

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Twice Is Nice: Gina Rodriguez on Filly Brown's Second Sundance Premiere

We're launching our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival's journey across the pond at Sundance London with a series of on-the-ground interviews with filmmakers and musicians participating in the celebration of film and music. Filly Brown premiered at Day 2 of Sundance London.

Gina Rodriguez, who dazzles as the strong-willed hip-hop artist in Filly Brown, couldn't help but manage her expectations for the film's Sundance London premiere on Friday.

"The Park City reception we had was so wonderful, and you can't just expect that all the time," she said. "You really have to come down to the ground."

And exporting a story so deeply rooted in Latin culture to a London audience seemed ambitious. But true to her unwavering tendencies as the lead in Filly Brown, the Chicago born actress approached Friday's premiere with a stanch optimism, trusting that the film was as much a tale of human struggle as it was a story of second-generation strife. And wouldn't you know, the Sundance London crowd agreed.

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Check Out This Week's 3-Minute Update

SXSW is nearly upon us! This week we'll give you some pointers to make your SXSW experience a success, tell you how to pick up your badge, and share the best way to get last-minute updates throughout the event.

Film, Interactive, & Music Day Events: Tuesday, March 13

Welcome to SXSW Film, Interactive, and Music 2012! Below is a list of just some of the events taking place Tuesday, March 13.

    Film Events for March, 13th 9:30am-5pm

    Interactive Events for March, 13th 9:30am-5pm

    Music Events for March, 13th 10am-5pm

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Levon Helm Passes Away

As reported last week, the legendary Levon Helm, a former member of The Band, was nearing the end of his long struggle with cancer. We're sad to report that Helm died on April 19.

See above for a clip from Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, which premiered at SXSW 2010, and see the film's Facebook page here.

SXSW Alumni News - Tuesday, April 24, 2012


SXSW Alumni News is a weekly update tracking the latest news from some of the many SXSW filmmakers, panelists, speakers and other alumni. Get the latest info on new projects, acquisitions, interviews, features and more, right here, every Tuesday.

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PanelPicker 2013: Entry Process Begins June 25

Got an amazing idea for a session for SXSW 2013? Then get ready for the 2013 SXSW PanelPicker, which will begin accepting entries on Monday, June 25. This entry process extends through Friday, July 20 (absolutely no late entries will be accepted). Community voting on these entries will begin Monday, August 13.

For the 2013 season, we have made several exciting interface improvements to the PanelPicker - stay tuned for more information on these interface improvements. You can improve your odds of being selected to speak in 2013 by submitting an idea to more than one conference (Music, Film or Interactive) but you can only submit one session idea per person per conference. Let the brainstorming begin!

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It's Easy Being Green: Sundance Earth Day Selections

In this eco-conscious age of hybrid vehicles, carbon-cutting cleaning products, and urban composting, Earth Day appears to have ascended the holiday hierarchy-to heights that perhaps even the crunchiest of its 1970's creators couldn't have envisioned. This Sunday, April 22, marks the 42nd Earth Day, and Sundance Institute's #ArtistServices program is currently offering a pair of documentaries for home viewing that confront vastly different (but equally alarming) stories addressing urgent threats to the environment. To commemorate Earth Day this year, we're offering a solution to Kermit the Frog's famous lament that "it isn't easy being green" with our hand-picked selection of sustainability-themed Sundance favorites below.

Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

Currently available through #ArtistServices. Watch Now

Peter Richardson's 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection probes the schism that develops between a thinning logging community and rising urban population in Philomath, Oregon, where high school graduates have their college tuition paid by the late local lumber tycoon Rex Clemens. Until now, that is. A descendant in charge of the Clemens foundation, unhappy with the opposing set of values emerging in Philomath, endeavors to redefine the scholarship curriculum in order to assist logging families exclusively. Richardson's shrewd, hands-off filmmaking leaves the storytelling to the subjects in this unique tale of a town divided.

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Sundance London: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Comes Full Circle with Farming

We're launching our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival's journey across the pond at Sundance London with a series of on-the-ground interviews with filmmakers and musicians participating in the celebration of film and music.

English actor and Sundance alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Oz, G.I. Joe) sounded like anything but the hulking, sometimes menacing characters he depicts on screen as he recalled his Friday table-read at Sundance London.  It was another step toward the director's chair for Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who led a remarkable cast in a reading of his Sundance Lab-supported project Farming to a packed London audience. The script is semi-autobiographical and revisits an era in England when it was common practice for immigrant parents to foster their children to families as they worked toward financial stability. Akinnuoye-Agbaje -still gleaming following the reading and speaking with a palpable enthusiasm-checked in with us to provide a sense of the festival's atmosphere, his impressions of the event, and the almost eerie aptness of debuting the script at Sundance London.

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Target Key Players at SXSW Film by Presenting Nightly Happy Hours!

The SXSW experience for film registrants is going to be better than ever in 2013. The beautiful Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel will be home to a number of great film-dedicated initiatives including the Come & Capture Film Factory, the Fandango film lounge and an excellent bar space with nightly happy hours for film registrants. Presenter opportunities are open for these happy hours and are the perfect way for your company to target the key players at SXSW Film - from industry figures, to panelists, to filmmakers.

Contact Sara Barney for more information!


Upgrade Your Badge to Get the Most Out of SXSW

Image from SXSW 2012 Film & Interactive Fusion Party, courtesy Jojo Marion

If you are already attending SXSW Film take advantage of all that SXSW has to offer by upgrading your badge to Gold or Platinum. Gold badge holders get access to all things Interactive and Film including networking events, film screenings, parties, talks and more. Gold badge holders get the full SXSW experience by immersing in both events.


Advice to Those Seeking Housing

SXSW 2012 - Otterbox breakdancing in front of the Austin Convention CenterSleeping on the sidewalk is not advised, you may be kicked by a wayward breakdancer. Photo courtesy of Chris Van Loan.

Since late July the SXSW Housing Department has made thousands of hotel reservations for registrants for our events and Austin hotels are nearly sold out for certain SXSW dates. Because events are back-to-back or overlapping, March 8 through 11 dates are difficult to find at a single hotel. You can check the updated list of hotels and their availability online. (EDU registrants-good downtown hotels are still available. Make your reservation when you purchase your registration.)

Film Interactive Hotels

SXSW Alumni Films - Watch Now! Friday, December 7


In Our Nature, Narrative Spotlight 2012. Image courtesy Cinedigm

Narrative Competition, 2012
Opens today (Ltd)

Narrative Spotlight, 2012
Opens today (Ltd)


Six Sundance Love Stories for Valentine's Day

What better way to perpetuate the quixotic romantic desires that reside in our partners’ minds than by watching films that validate those delusions of love? This Valentine’s Day, we’re offering a short list of Sundance-supported love stories as a remedial to such lofty figments—unfortunately, the reality is not quite as attractive. From an idyllic summer love that concludes with an acerbic breakup in 500 Days of Summer to a lingering, albeit passionate romance that traverses drug abuse and other pitfalls in Keep the Lights On, these six stories of (not always mutual) affection will jolt even the most deluded lover from their reverie.

Keep the Lights On

Keep the Lights On, Ira Sachs’ second feature since snagging the 2005 Grand Jury Prize with Forty Shades of Blue, is about as creatively precarious as films come. It’s a heartrending semi-autobiographical love story that chronicles the ecstasy, the agony, and the utter hysterics of a 10-year relationship between two men in 1990s New York. It

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