Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).

Also announced were the first batch of confirmed panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions for 2014, and the all-new Future 15 track. Included among these activities are a Sound and Story panel with Skywalker Sound, a How to Book Your Next Audition workshop with SAG, and an After Wrap panel with Kino Lorber on distribution. All the announced panels can be checked out here.

These sessions join the previously announced content for the new SXsports, including ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Nate Silver in conversation.

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 7–15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The final Film Keynote speaker and complete Conference lineup, additional major featured Conversations and a multitude of Convergence sessions (open to both Film and Interactive registrants) will be announced in early 2014.  

The next Whitewater Films roundtable on November 4, to be moderated by Dana Harris of Indiewire, will focus on how to navigate SXSW, with film festival director Janet Pierson and programmers as well as the creative team behind last year's SXSW breakout, "Short Term 12."