Given the geographical proximity of Austin to Mexico and Latin America, the SXSW Film and Interactive Festival looked to focus a portion of its 2011 panel programming on some of the impressive new technology-related innovations in this region.
San Antonio.- Given the geographical proximity of Austin to Mexico and Latin America, the SXSW Film and Interactive Festival looked to focus a portion of its 2011 panel programming on some of the impressive new technology-related innovations in this region.
By Dennis M. Ayotte Jr.
Proof of the digital revolution south of the border ranges from the Tequileros of the Tequila Valley movement, startups such as Buscapé and Three Melons, web content properties such as Fayer Wayer, ALT1040, PulsoSocial and Nerdcore, as well as numerous other new media initiatives, projects
As a result, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival will have over 100 film conference sessions for 2011, which will take place March 11 through March 19. This year’s panels were mostly selected from proposals submitted through the SXSW
“PanelPicker,” an interface offering fresh perspectives on the topics facing today’s filmmakers and industry.
The “PanelPicker” is an innovative online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming for the Music, Film, and Interactive conference activities through an open voting process. SXSW Film accepted proposals from June 14 through July 11, 2010 and the community voted on ideas from August 9 to August 29, 2010. Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and staff, helped determine this year’s programming.
The SXSW Film Conference starts on Friday, March 11 and runs through March 15. Some of the celebrity panelist this year include Todd Phillips (filmmaker, The Hangover, Old School), Paul Reubens (filmmaker, The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway), Duncan Jones (filmmaker, Source Code, Moon), Jake Gyllenhaal (actor, Source Code, Love & Other Drugs), Ellen Page (actor, Super, Inception) and Rainn Wilson (actor, Super, The Office). In addition, this year’s film conference will also include more workshop sessions, mentor sessions and over 20 crossover panels (open to both Film and Interactive registrants).
"Many of my favorite moments at SXSW have included those great connections made in the halls of the Film Conference, where film professionals of every stripe gather to teach, learn, and compare notes," says Film Conference and Producer Janet Pierson. "Through conversations, panels, workshops and one-on-one mentor sessions, tremendous access and information are available to our registrants. Not to mention a taste of all that SXSW Interactive has to offer via the crossover panels, and the SXSW Trade Show this year featuring original content and entertainment via the Next Stage.”
The schedule, complete with both screening and panel dates and times, is available at sxsw.com/film.