About Film Sessions

Jeffrey Tambor & Jason Bateman in conversation at SXSW 2014


Tilda Swinton in conversation with Eugene Hernandez. Photo by Heather Kennedy/Getty Images

  • Feature iconic filmmakers, actors and industry leaders, moderated by a noted journalist, academic or fellow creative
  • Aim to advance ongoing understanding of a fluid media landscape
  • Offer unique insight and access to essential knowledge and experience
  • Engage and entertain!


  • Offer essential insight into the art, business and industry of film and media, delivered by the people in the trenches
  • Generally consist of 2 - 4 panelists and a moderator
  • Range from beginner to advanced level, across a range of subjects
  • If you can view it on a screen, chances are you'll learn about it at a SXSW Film panel


  • Give you access to experts in acting, social media, cinematography, and more
  • Offer practical knowledge and inspiration in the form of hands-on experience
  • Cover the latest trends in image acquisition, sound design, casting, and many other areas of interest!

Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Workshop - SXSW Film 2013

Mentor Sessions:

  • A chance for one-on-one interaction with experts in film and related fields
  • Answer your questions and give you the insight to help advance your career
  • Our most popular sessions!

Photo by Sonny Castillo

Meet the Insiders:

  • Participate in vital discussions about innovations and developments in the Film world with the people who know that world best!
  • Moderators will start with a 40-minute Q&A with both participants, followed by 20 minutes of open discussion and questions from the audience with both Insiders.
  • Connects you with members of the film community and provides the opportunity to learn about the industry from the insiders who are defining and pushing the boundaries of their fields

Ryan Coogler and Destin Cretton at SXSW 2014. Photo by Ernesto Castillo

Digital Domain:

  • Engages with new frontiers in digital image creation
  • Guided by the creative minds who are redefining the future of digital storytelling.
  • Includes web series, interactive documentaries, rich media and cross platform narratives, data visualization and a whole range of other projects
  • More detail here.

Startup Alley:

  • Welcomes the entrepreneurs and investors who are shaping the future of the entertainment industry.
  • Features engaging panels and unique networking opportunities with trailblazing entrepreneurs and expert investors.
  • Includes demos from new film and television startups.
  • A single day of programming, and fits within SXSW Film's regular conference schedule at the Austin Convention Center.

Photo by Heather Kennedy

Photos (from top) by Jesse Knish, Travis Ball, Michael Caulfield, Tanya Rabourn and Heather Kennedy