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By Mark Bell | October 17, 2012

The 2013 SXSW Film Festival, running March 8-16, 2013, has announced the first batch of confirmed panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions for the Film Conference, along with the introduction of two new Conference tracks, Startup Alley and the Come & Capture Film Factory. From the official press release:

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

  • Sessions
    A day of panels with seasoned entrepreneurs and renowned entertainment investors, tailored to Film and Television Startups looking for clients and funding, as well as investors looking to discover the next trend in entertainment startups.
  • Networking Events
    Connecting potential collaborators, investors and clients all in one room, including established and rising filmmakers and some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the business.
  • Startup Alley’s Launchpad (Demo Space)
    Featuring exhibitor tables and demos by innovative startups, the Startup Launchpad will generate buzz-making moments and host the companies that will change the face of entertainment.
  • Party!
    The culmination of Startup Alley’s Launchpad, top entertainment entrepreneurs and investors will mix and mingle over drinks at this casual, uniquely SXSW un-networking event. Featuring exciting competitions as well as exhibitor tables and demos by game-changing startups.


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.)
  • 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)

The SXSW PanelPicker™ is an innovative online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming Music, Film, and Interactive conference activities (panels, presentations, discussions, etc.) through an open proposal and voting process.  Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff, help determine programming for the 2013 event.  For more information on the SXSW PanelPicker™, visit

Register for a Film, Gold or Platinum Badge today at, and join us March 8-16, 2013 for unparalleled access to these energetic panels, exceptional films, exciting parties, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, a creative and inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver. Be sure to register soon, and gain access to conveniently located hotels. Register by November 9 and save up to 30% off the walk-up rate.

Currently, SXSW Film is still accepting film (shorts and features), music video and title sequence submissions for the 2013 Film Festival. SXSW Film accepts submissions in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Texas High School Short, Music Video, and Opening Title Sequence

SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. SXSW is also a BAFTA-recognized festival for 2012/2013 for the purposes of eligibility for the Short Film category at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Submit by November 1 for the lowest submission price at The final deadline is November 15, 2012. Please keep in mind: these deadlines are on a RECEIVED BY basis, (NOT based on a postmark date).  In other words, all 2012 film submissions must arrive at the SXSW offices in Austin no later than November 15, 2012.

SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance and The Austin Chronicle.

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