The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced over 80 Film Conference panels and 130 short films for the 2010 event, which will take place March 12-March 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. The festival’s feature film lineup had been announced last week, and includes festival opener “Kick-Ass,” directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Chole Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage. The schedule, complete with both screening and panel dates and times, will be available on Monday, February 15th on the festival’s website.
The festival’s Film Conference starts on Friday, March 12 and runs through Tuesday, March 16, 2010. New major panelists added to the SXSW Film Conference include Michel Gondry, Quentin Tarantino, David Gordon Green, Peter Becker, David Wohl, and Susan Bradley. Other upgrades to the 2010 Conference include more workshop sessions, more mentor sessions, and over 20 Crossover Panels.
“We are dedicated to presenting a strong conference that offers unique vaule for our registrants from both the Film and Interactive worlds,” sayid Film Conference and Producer Janet Pierson, in a statement. “This year is no different – not only do our panels cover a wide range of crucial and timely topics, but we’ve assembled a dynamic group up of high-level talent to share their experiences and insight. “
Also announced was the complete Short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 12 – 20, 2010. Over the course of nine days, 130 short films will screen at the festival, selected from 2,312 short film submissions.
“After months of watching incredible shorts, we’re excited to finally unveil our complete lineup,” said Shorts Co-Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, in a statement. “Every film in our program has a unique voice, embodies the energy of SXSW, and leaves a lasting impression that we are thrilled to share with an audience.”