SXSW Film Announces First Keynote & Wave of Sessions

Written by Christina Wiese | October 21, 2014
Photo by Dustin Finkelstein / Getty Images

Three. Two. One. Action! Today we're excited to reveal the initial wave of SXSW Film Conference programming for 2015.

With 30 sessions and more than 30 mentors confirmed thus far, the 2015 SXSW Film Conference is the premier place to learn, network and interact with the best and brightest in the film industry. Experts include this year's first Keynote, prolific indie filmmaker Mark Duplass, esteemed sound design company Skywalker Sound, award-winning producer Shekhar Kapur, digital distribution gurus VHX, acclaimed international actor Alfred Molina and many more.

Catch a glimpse of our 2015 programming below which includes the return of Film Keynotes, Featured Sessions, panels, Future15s and mentors. In addition, we’re psyched to share the Convergence Programming announced last week which covers the always popular Digital Domain, Future of TV track, Entertainment and Immersion sessions and more. Programming described as Convergence is accessible to more than one type of badge, which provides a bonus learning & networking opportunity that can only be found at SXSW. Plus, new for 2015, all films screening in the “24 Beats Per Second” category will be open to Music badgeholders starting Monday, March 16.

Remember, this announcement is just the tip of the iceberg! SXSW Film is set to ultimately feature over 150 informative and entertaining sessions. To attend the SXSW Film Conference, you must have a 2015 SXSW Film, Gold or Platinum badge. Register by 11:59pm CT on Friday, October 24 and save up to 30% off the walk-up rate.

Keynote Speaker

  • Mark Duplass

    Photo by Jeff Vespa Mark Duplass is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and actor who burst onto the indie scene with the Independent Spirit Award-nominated The Puffy Chair (written and directed along with his brother, Jay). Other acclaimed films written, directed and produced by the brothers, include Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. They created the upcoming 2015 HBO series Togetherness, in which Mark also stars. He has produced a number of recent and upcoming indie films under the Duplass Brothers Productions banner, with notable titles such as Safety Not Guaranteed (in which he also starred), The Skeleton Twins (starring Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig), The Overnight (with Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman) and Adult Beginners (starring Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne). Mark has starred in a number of films including Your Sister's Sister (for which Mark won a Gotham Award), The One I Love and the upcoming film, Creep, which premiered at SXSW in 2014. Mark is a recurring actor on FOX's The Mindy Project and a regular on the hit FXX show, The League.

Featured Session

  • A Conversation with Shekhar Kapur

    Photo courtesy of FilmmakerGolden Globe-winning director Shekhar Kapur makes lush, international period films including Elizabeth, The Four Feathers, and Indian hits like Mr. India and Bandit Queen. Kapur's short film Passages is a part of the October 2009 film anthology New York, I Love You. He has been a judge on both India's Got Talent, and 1 Minute to Save the World, a competition for short films about climate change. His forthcoming film Paani – the hindi word for water – explores Mumbai's shrinking supply of water and its distributed underworld. Equally at home in Hollywood and Bollywood, he's also a comics mogul; in 2006 he co-founded Virgin Comics as a venue for turning Indian and Hindu myths into pop-culture icons. For the company, now reorganized as Liquid Comics, he co-created the series Ramayan 3392 A.D., based on the Ramayana. His newest Liquid Comics series is Devi.

Panels

Workshops

Future15s

Meet Ups

Mentors:
Basil Tsiokos (Programmer Nantucket/Sundance/DocNYC)
Benjamin Braun (Submarine Entertainment)
Camille Bertrand (Wild Bunch)
Carl Spence (Seattle FF/Palm Springs FF)
Courtney Sexton (CNN Films)
Dan Fisher (Entertainment One)
Daniel Guando (Weinstein Co)
Dan Satorius (Satorius Law Firm PC)
David Hudson (Fandor)
David Magdael (David Magdael & Associates, Inc.)
David Reilly (BAMcinematek)
Deborah McIntosh (WME Entertainment)
Diego Marambio (INCAA)
Francois Morisset (CO/ DCM Film Distribution GmbH)
Greg Rhem (HBO)
Hugues Barbier (Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival)
Jim Dobson (Indie PR)
Katie Krentz (Cartoon Network)
Kate Hurwitz (Cinetic Media)
Kristen Konvitz (Indiegogo)
Landon Zakheim (Sundance Institute/AFI Fest)
Linda Olszewski (ShortsHD/Shorts Intl)
Lois Vossen (Independent Lens)
Matt Grady (Factory 25)
Marian Koltai-Levine (PMKBNC)
Meghan Oliver (Paradigm Talent Agency)
Molly Thompson (A&E Television Networks)
Nicholas Ogiony (CAA)
Peter Goldwyn (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Peter Trinh (ICM Partners)
Peter Van Steemburg (Magnolia Pictures)
Ryan Kampe (Visit Films)
Sean Berney (IFC Films)

Convergence Programming
The Film Conference is bolstered by Convergence Programming, which exists at the intersection of Music, Film and Interactive. Programming described as Convergence is accessible to more than one type of badge.

Featured Sessions
Friday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 17

  • A Curious Mind: The Inspiration for a Creative Life
    Brian Grazer (Imagine Entertainment), Charles Fishman (The Big Thirst)

  • Russell Brand Interview with Brian Solis
    Russell Brand (Comedian), Brian Solis (Altimeter Group)

Digital Domain
Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17
Open to Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badges

Entertainment & Immersion
Friday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 17
Open to Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badges

Future of TV
Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17
Open to Music, Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badges

SXsports
Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15
Open to Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badges

Convergence Day
Tuesday, March 17
Open to Music, Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badges

Creep Q&A photo by Dustin Finkelstein / Getty Images
Mark Duplass photo by Jeff Vespa
Shekhar Kapur photo courtesy of Filmmaker