So far, we've learned of the film schedule and midnighters and shorts lineup, and today the South By Southwest Film Festival reveals the entire conference schedule. You guys, I am so incredibly stoked. It's almost here! I'm going to see so many things! Read on for the press release and newly released panel info:
Austin, Texas – February 15, 2012 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the complete Film Conference sessions and programming for the new Digital Domain today, as well as additional features and shorts for the 2012 festival. SXSW Film will open on Friday, March 9, 2012 with the world premiere of Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, and run through Saturday, March 17 in Austin, Texas. The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times, is now available at www.sxsw.com/film.
An additional 15 features and 4 shorts have been announced, and descriptions follow below. With these additions, the 2012 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 132 features, consisting of 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres, with 58 films from first-time directors. 138 shorts will screen as part of 12 overall shorts programs. The nearly 275 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,300, comprised of approximately 2,000 features and 3,300 shorts. This was a 7% increase over 2011 despite moving submission deadlines a month earlier than in previous years.
The SXSW Film Conference features over 120 sessions and runs Friday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 13, 2012. A sampling of panels follows below, as well as the complete panel breakdown, by date and title. New for 2012, SXSW Film launched The Digital Domain, an additional programming track in the Film Conference that examines how web-based media and platforms are used to share content by creatives from a range of fields, particularly dealing with new approaches to storytelling. The Digital Domain sessions will be open to all Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum badges, and will take place in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center from Saturday, March 10 – Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
For more information on The Digital Domain, visit http://sxsw.com/film/talks/digital_domain. Key panels announced for the 2012 SXSW Film Conference include:
• A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane
As the creator of Family Guy and one of the co-creators of American Dad!, Seth MacFarlane
has brought his boundary-pushing brand of humor to millions each week. Join Seth for a noholds-
barred discussion about his groundbreaking work in TV, his recent foray into the music
world with his debut album and his transition to Hollywood with his upcoming directorial debut
Ted, a live-action/CG-animated comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
(Sunday, March 11, 11:00am, Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
• Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else
An intimate look into the corruption, lies and deceit that transformed a website into the most
powerful media company in the world! How FOD transformed into a new model media company
and how comedy pretty much rules the world…and everything else.
(Sunday, March 11, 3:30pm – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
• Meat is Might: Epic Meal Time Rules the Web
Join the Epic Meal Time team in a discussion of the key factors to their initial success and
continued expansion throughout the digital and entertainment sphere.
(Saturday, March 10, 3:30pm – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
• Restoring History: 100 Years of Universal Films
Experience the process of restoring, archiving and curating a centennial of movie magic with
Universal's Centennial titles. (Monday, March 12, 11:00am – Paramount Theatre)
• We Are Legion: Digital (R)Evolution
Armed with colleagues from the filmmaking and digital communities, writer/director Brian
Knappenberger weighs in on the challenges of making the film WE ARE LEGION: The Story of
the Hacktivists (official selection SXSW 2012), the roots of the "hactivist" collective Anonymous,
and their current battles with Hollywood.
(Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
The panels released today join over 40 previously announced sessions for the 2012 SXSW Film Conference, including A Conversation with Joss Whedon, the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop, a dialogue with Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and more on the HBO series Girls, A Conversation with Cliff Martinez, and The Business of Kevin Smith among others. For full panel descriptions and participants, browse the schedule at http://schedule.sxsw.com.