SXSW Film announces daily keynote speakers for 2014
South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will host daily keynote sessions at the 2014 festival, the festival announced Tuesday. Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham, who screened her first two feature films and the first three episodes of her breakout HBO hit “Girls” at SXSW, will serve as one of the keynote speakers.
Joining Dunham on the list of speakers announced this week are Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions has had huge financial success with small-budget horrors like “Insidious” and “The Purge;” and Casey Neistat, writer, director, editor and star of the HBO series “The Neistat Brothers” and winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for producing the film “Daddy Long Legs.” The keynote speaker sessions will face no counter-programming at the festival and will take place at 11 a.m. March 8-March 11.
“Though our conference has long featured dynamic speakers, we’re kicking it to a new level this year. By adding a daily Keynote, we aspire to further highlight and draw all eyes to creators who impact our culture in diverse and fascinating ways,” Head of SXSW Film Janet Pierson said. “Our first three keynotes epitomize the root of what SXSW Film stands for: singular vision, DIY creation, and gleefully coloring outside the established lines.”
SXSW Tuesday also announced its first round of panels, submitted and selected in part through their PanelPicker program. The list includes “Sound & Story with Skywalker Sound,” organized by Zoe Leverant of Skywalker Sound; and “After Wrap: Finding The Right Distribution Partner,” organized by Elizabeth Sheldon of Kino Lorber.
SXSW Film will take a page from Interactive’s book at the 2014 festival, as well, offering the Future15 track of programming. That series offers one and two-hour sessions focused on a single theme broken down into 12-minute solo presentations from industry experts. Topics will include “The Art of the Hustle/Hustling for Art: Kickstarter + Indie Filmmaking,” organized by Elisabeth Holm of Kickstarter, and “How Subscription VOD Changed the Distribution Game,” organized by Chris Horton of the Sundance Institute.
These sessions join the previously announced content for the new SXsports, which runs during Interactive and Film and includes ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Nate Silver in conversation. The final complete conference lineup will be announced in early 2014. SXSW Film takes place March 7-15.