SXSW Announces Panel and Guest Preview for March Event
by Brian Brooks
Although it may only be mid-autumn, the South by Southwest Film Conference has released some preliminary details for its program of speakers, panels and workshops taking place during the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), which is slated for March 11-19 in Austin, TX.
Among the participants set to attend are the director of U.S. piracy operations for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), James Spertus, who will host a discussion and presentation entitled "Movie Piracy and You." Spertus has been on the forefront of the MPAA's battle against illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures. The SXSW panel will cover a variety of related topics, including the industry screener debate, DVD pirating, and film bootlegs.
Acclaimed indie producer Christine Vachon will be at SXSW to participate in a discussion of her work, presenting some of her favorite titles at the festival, while the San Francisco-based animation company Wild Brain, which recently entered into a multi-film deal to co-produce animated features with Disney's Dimension Films, will take questions about its plans for becoming "one of the biggest outlets for the genre" with members of its creative team. Also on tap are panels on the film media and comedy filmmaking.
"Year after year, attendees learn so much from the speakers," commented SXSW festival producer Matt Dentler in a statement. "The 2005 film conference is already shaping up to be among our best, offering a fantastic balance between practical education and industry discussion." SXSW is currently accepting film submission, with the early deadline set for November 8 (postmarked).
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