5 Essential Events Film/Tech Geeks Won’t Want to Miss at SXSW

5 Essential Events Film/Tech Geeks Won't Want to Miss at SXSW

There’s an embarrassment of riches at this year’s SXSW, especially if, like us, you geek out on anything having to do with interactive filmmaking and immersive storytelling. Given the festival’s deep roots in both the film and tech communities, it only makes sense that SXSW would excel when it comes to events that bring film and tech together. The events highlighted below aren’t quite tech and they aren’t quite film — they offer an exciting look at the changing narrative forms emerging courtesy of new technologies. 

Here are 10 you won’t want to miss (in chronological order, with edited descriptions courtesy of SXSW):

1. New Narratives: Building an Interactive Storyworld


Who: Aina Abiodun, Founder, Storycode; Karim Ahmad, Sr. Digital Content Strategist, ITVS, Mike Knowlton, partner, Murmur, Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor
What: ITVS, Murmur, Storycode & Ted Hope will discuss the emerging genre of interactive narrative film, next-gen web series, and how creating immersive storyworlds can build audiences for feature films. 
When: Saturday, March 8, 12:30 PM
Who: Mark Duplass, Rob Corddry, Jennifer Lafleur and director Ross Partridge 
What: Duplass, Corddry, Lafleur and Partridge will premiere and discuss their new web series, Wedlock. While Corddry is known for bringing Children’s Hospital from web to TV, this independent project marks Duplass’ first foray into digital. 
Where: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G
When: Saturday, March 8, 3:30 PM
Who: IDFA DocLab founder and curator Caspar Sonnen and Brent Hoff, media artist and director of programming at IFP’s Made in NY
What:  Sonnen and Hoff will explore the holy grail of interactive storytelling and media art: how to create projects that go beyond technological innovation and beautiful design in order to provide truly emotional and meaningful experiences.
Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin Suite
When: Sunday, March 9, 3:30  PM
Who: Yoni Bloch, founder and CEO, of Interlude
What: Bloch will share what’s next for film and music in the world of interactive videos. 

Attendees will discover how technology can empower consumers by providing greater personalization and choice, and what powerful insights can be gained from understanding how users engage with the medium.

Where: Austin Convention Center, Next Stage EH 3/4
When: Tuesday, March 11, 12:30 PM
Who: Tommy Pallotta, Submarine Channel
What: Last Hijack Interactive is an online transmedia experience that allows you to explore the hijacking of a ship in Somalia. Together with an elegant use of data visualization, Last Hijack Interactive provides a unique, informative and eye-opening glimpse into the murky world of hijackings in Somalia.
Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin Suite
When: Tuesday, March 11, 3:30 PM

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