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  • SXSWSouth By Southwest Conferences & FestivalsMUSIC FILM INTERACTIVE | MARCH 11-20, 20116th Street during SXSW

  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals: The Premier Destination for DiscoverySXSW consists of three unique industry conferences and festivals: Music, Film and Interactive. It offers the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies, and year after year is a launching pad for new creative content.

    SXSW Music is MySpace on the physical realm.

    SXSW Film is one of the top independent film festivals in America.

    SXSW Interactive challenges you to envision the future of innovative technology.It is the industry event where buzz is born NewsdayCrowd of music lovers at SXSW.

  • SXSW differs from other music, film and technology events.

    The benefits:Tremendous exposure to a unique convergence of the music, film and digital technology industriesHeavy international participation ensures global business networking opportunities unmatched at any other conferenceAccess to industry decision-makers responsible for establishing new trends in many different marketsThousands of registered members of the media come to discover and report on the latest music, film and digital technology innovations SXSW Conference attendees at the Austin Convention Center.It's a 10-day event that drew almost 150,000 people last year, including music industry honchos, film producers, agents, celebrities, Internet startup CEOs and a few thousand media types - journalists, critics, bloggers and pundits - who collectively wield a dizzying amount of influence over the things we see, hear and do. Montreal Gazette

  • SXSW Who Goes?The top ten occupations of SXSW Conference Registrants (in random order):The SXSW Registrants Lounge is a very popular place to begin the evening.MUSIC 13,020Media ElectronicArtistMarketingRadioMedia PrintIndie LabelMusic PublishingEvent/ConventionManagementTalent Buyer/ PromoterFILM9,500Film DirectorProducerMedia PrintProducer/StudioFilm DistributionProductionFilmmakerActor/ActressEvent/ConventionMedia ElectronicFilm StudentINTERACTIVE14,251Web DevelopmentSocial MediaPublicitySoftware DevelopmentGame IndustryConsultantEducatorMedia ElectronicE-commerceMarketingNon-ProfitInterface DesignOverall, the SXSW Festival/ Convention offers one of the best opportunities to learn about the future of the digital world, make contacts in the independent film world, meet with the alternative label world, and listen to the best music from around the world.

    Radio & Records.com

  • The new SXSW Trade Show: The exhibition for creative industries, a four-day exhibition uniting the three SXSW Conferences Film, Interactive and Music all under one roof.

  • SXSW Film Conference & FestivalThe SXSW Film Conference & Festival, now in its 18th year, has become a top tier independent film event. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.

    The SXSW Film Conference & Festival includes:Four days of film industry panels, demos, mentor sessions, interviews and moreFour days of the SXSW Trade Show Nine full days of film festival screenings with 270+ new films screened (screenings occur day and night) Opening and closing parties, premiere after-parties, the SXSW Film Awards, happy hours and more.Observe and Report panel with Seth Rogan, Anna Farris, Jody Hill, Michael Pea and Danny McBride at SXSW Film 2009.The festival has gained international acclaim for the quality of its programming with a special focus on emerging talents who bask in being included in the company of the cinematic greats whose work is regularly presented.

    Film Festival Reporter

  • SXSW Film FestivalScreenings277 films were screened at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival in categories such as Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Music Video, and Opening Title Sequence.

    In 2010, the film festival again played host to some exciting new work, with special screenings and premieres, including:Chris Morris Four Lions (UK)Matthew Vaughns Kick AssJean-Pierre Jeunets Micmacs (Fr)Mark Landsmans Thunder SoulGareth Edwards Monsters Bernard Roses Mr. Nice (UK)Gregg Olivers Lemmy (US)Ken Wardrops His & Hers (Ireland)Dreyers The Passion of Joan of Arc (Fr 1928)

    The director, producer and cast of I Love You, Man take questions from the audience at the SXSW premiere.Whenever SXSW ends, it feels like being a kid on the day after Christmas. Even though you were showered with gifts and good times, you're a spoiled little brat, and you just want MORE!

    Film Threat

  • SXSW Interactive FestivalNow in its 18th year, the SXSW Interactive Festival has emerged as the one of the largest and most important annual gathering spots for digital creatives. SXSW Interactive Festival brings together more than 14,000 participants from across the country and around the world for hands-on training to big-picture analysis. SXSW Interactive offers an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, digital projects, wireless applications, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.

    Areas of focus for 2010 included: BloggingBusiness Models & EntrepreneurialismDigital CreativityGame DesignOnline AdvertisingIndependent Content CreationPodcastingVideo BloggingWeb DesignWireless TechnologyGreen TechSocial MediaDan Willis during his What You Know Is Wrong panel at SXSW Interactive 2009.SXSW Interactive spans gaming, web content, web design, development, academia, social media, mobile ... but what it does more than any other event is a special mix of the arts and digital culture with technology. There are no suits, no boring product pitches - SXSWi is about ideas and trends in new digital tools and technologies. The Guardian

  • SXSW Interactive FestivalMore vital than ever, SXSW Interactive has seen double-digit growth for five consecutive years.

    SXSW Interactive includes:Five days of cutting edge new media technology panels, interviews, demos and moreFour days of SXSW trade showFive days of ScreenBurn gaming panels, demos and moreThree days of the ScreenBurn Arcade (open to the public)Opening and closing parties, Accelerator, Web Awards, creative content open houses, happy hours and more bring life to the night time SXSW Interactive eventsNumerati author Stephen Baker and wunderkind statistician Nate Silver at 2009 SXSW Intteractive.Nowhere else will you have so many opportunities to pick the brains of and share a pint with the thinkers and the doers of the Web.

    Matthew Magain, sitepoint.com

  • 2011 marks the 25th year of the SXSW Music Conference & Festival !

    Reaching a quarter of a century of being the biggest and most anticipated convergence of all things music, SXSW is ready to keep the reputation alive by programming the best event yetOn Friday night in Austin, something very weird, maybe even life altering, happened: Metallica and DEVO played inspired concerts in the same Texas town, only a 15-minute walk apart, and almost perfectly back to back.It made for one of those bizarro nights in rock history that may end up influencing a generation of young musicians we have never heard from yet, but will cite Friday, March 20, 2009, as the day nothing would ever be the same.LA WeeklyMetallica at SXSW 2009.SXSW Music Conference & Festival16-20 March 2011

  • SXSW Music Conference & FestivalSXSW Music Conference & Festival is one of the most influential musical events in America, and throughout the world. draws more than 13,000 conference registered music industry professionals for:

    Six nights of top-quality music by more than 1,900 buzz bands from around the world (15-20)Four days of compelling panels, interviews, demo listening sessions and more (17-20)Four days of the new SXSW trade show (14-17)Three days of free-to-the-public, charity beneficiary concerts on SXSW's largest stage (17-19)Dozens of official SXSW Music parties (16-19)NEW! Accelerator with Music Focus (16)Three days of the Flatstock Poster & Art Show (17-19)Gear Alley Expo (16-19)Two days of the Texas Guitar Show (18-19)The Austin Music Awards, happy hours, a softball tournament & BBQ, the SXSW golf tournament and more.

    DEVO at SXSW 2009.The festival is still a place where record label scouts see bands and make deals. But it is also, for many more performers, a hub for operating outside the recording business ... It could be finding a European distributor for a self-released album or the offer of a Midwestern college tour instead.

    New York Times

  • SXSW Music FestivalShowcasesThe 2010 SXSW Music Festival featured five nights of top-quality music by 1,978 bands on 89 stages in central Austin. Acts ranged from emerging new talents to the worlds biggest buzz bands to popular, established performers.

    SXSW 2010 bands hailed from 49 states in the US and from as far away as Australia, Iran, Argentina, Singapore, Germany and Japan.

    Some 2010 highlights include: Smokey Robinson, Motorhead, Scissor Sisters, Suzanne Vega, Macy Gray, Midlake, Miike Snow, Casio Kids, The Middle East, Villagers, Jakob Dylan, Stone Temple Pilots, Hauschka, Efterklang, Warpaint, She & Him, Spoon, Bomba Estero, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Shearwater, Oh No Ono, Texas Tornados, Fools Gold, Minus the Bear, Band of Skulls, Delta Spirit, BRMC, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, The Temper Trap, Children Collide and many more!

    The Decemberists at SXSW 2009.The South by Southwest music conference and festival is an unwieldy beast, a multiheaded hydra that mirrors the Internet - and the culture at large - in the way its fra