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First Round of Panels Announced for SXSW 2013; Introducing Startup Alley, Come & Capture Film Factory

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2012 at 2:59PM

SXSW has released the first round of panels for its 2013 edition. The festival will be celebrating 20 years this March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Along with the panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions, two new Conference tracks are launching:
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SXSW has released the first round of panels for its 2013 edition. The festival will be celebrating 20 years this March 8-16 in Austin, Texas.

Along with the panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions, two new Conference tracks are launching: Startup Alley (a day of programming focusing on startup entrepreneurs and investors) and Come & Capture Film Factory (to explore the newest tools in capturing and creating content).

Fest producer Janet Pierson state:  “As the lines between film and technology continue to blur, SXSW Film remains ahead of the curve as we host digital creatives from across all fields,..Hands on and immersive, these new programs are designed to facilitate creative combustion affecting every facet of making, distributing, and enjoying great filmmaking.”

Complete festival programming will be announced early 2013.

SXSW Film Startup Alley

Sunday, March 10, 2013 // Located at the Austin Convention Center
Engaging panels and unique networking opportunities with trailblazing entrepreneurs and expert investors, as well as demos from some new and exciting disruptive film and television startups. SXSW Startup Alley programming is open to all 2013 SXSW Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants. For updates, visit

•     Sessions
A day of panels with seasoned entrepreneurs and renowned entertainment investors, tailored to Film and Television Startups looking for clients and funding, as well as investors looking to discover the next trend in entertainment startups.

•    Networking Events
Connecting potential collaborators, investors and clients all in one room, including established and rising filmmakers and some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the business.

•    Startup Alley’s Launchpad (Demo Space)
Featuring exhibitor tables and demos by innovative startups, the Startup Launchpad will generate buzz-making moments and host the companies that will change the face of entertainment.

•    Party!
The culmination of Startup Alley’s Launchpad, top entertainment entrepreneurs and investors will mix and mingle over drinks at this casual, uniquely SXSW un-networking event. Featuring exciting competitions as well as exhibitor tables and demos by game-changing startups.  

Come & Capture Film Factory

Saturday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:00am–6:00pm daily //
Located at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel (Capital Ballroom, Section B)
Explore and interact with the newest tools for capturing and creating content. Each day will begin with panel discussions, workshops, and demos, and round out with the opportunity for registrants to tinker with a pavilion of products. Registrants are encouraged to come in to sample a range of filmmaking products, go out each day and capture their experiences at SXSW, and share their finished work with the SXSW community through SXSW’s online channels, including the official festival website. For more details, visit

Submitted and selected in part via the SXSW PanelPicker™, the first confirmed panel, workshop and Digital Domain sessions for the 2013 SXSW Film Conference are:


•    An Insider's Preview to the SXSW Film Festival
(Organized by Chuck Walton / Fandango)

•    Case Study: Vagina Puppets and Fair Use
(Organized by Lucas Leyva / Borscht Corporation)

•    Changing Rules for Women and Sex on TV
(Organized by Alissa Neil / Slate)

•    Dangerous Docs! When the Subject Bites Back
(Organized by Patricia Aufderheide / American University)

•    Downloaded: The Digital Revolution
(Organized by Alex Winter / VH1 Rock Docs)

•    Fan-Made Film Distribution Disruption    
(Organized by Nathan Levinson / Adler Integrated)

•    Finding the Dough: Navigating the Digital Market    
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

•    The Future of TV Coverage in the Post-Recap World
(Organized by Dan Kois / Slate)

•    How Hollywood Is Taking On Digital
(Organized by Jennifer Stephens Acree / JSA Strategies)

•    New Grass Roots: Digital Age Movie Marketing
(Organized by Krista Smith / Vanity Fair)

•    The Power of Film (To Change the World)  
(Organized by Turk Pipkin / The Nobelity Project)

•    Reality Bites: Surviving the Film Biz in Your 20s
(Organized by Sara Kiener / Film Presence)

•    SXSW Presents: The New York Times's Op-Docs
(Organized by Jason Spingarn-Koff / The New York Times)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.