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SXSW Panels to Range from 3D to Sex

Austin-based South by Southwest announces panels on technology, marketing and creativity for next year’s fest


The 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival won’t be announcing what films it’ll be showing for a few months, but on Monday it did announce what topics it’ll be talking about.

And those include interactive cinema experiences, war movies, female-oriented comedy, the shortcomings of film school, how to tell when your movie stinks, and sex.

The list of the first 20 panels that’ll be presented as part of the 2011 SXSW Film Conference was compiled using a new online took called SXSW PanelPicker. After an open call for suggestions in June and July, followed by a month in which the public was invited to browse the list of possibilities and vote for their favorites, the SXSW staff and advisory boards used that input to help make the final decision.

IFC, VH1, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the International Documentary Association are among the organizations involved in organizing the panels.

More than 60 additional panels and workshops will be added before March 11, when the festival will kick off its nine days of screenings and panels in Austin, Texas.  

South by Southwest logoThe list of panels:

Beyond 3D: How Interactive Screenings Will Save Cinema
(Organized by Henri Mazza / Alamo Drafthouse Cinema)

The Blogger Centipede: How Content is Eroding Credibility
(Organized by William Goss / Cinematical)

Can P2P Save Filmmaking?
(Organized by Jamie King / VODO and BitTorrent Inc.)

"Did You Kill Anyone?" Reality in War Movies
(Organized by Paul Rieckhoff / Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America)

Documentary Deities: Dispelling The Director Myth
(Organized by Eddie Schmidt / IDA)

The Female Funny: Is It Different For Girls?
(Organized by Rachel Sklar / Mediaite.com)

Funny Fits:  Alt Comedy on Alt Platforms
(Organized by Jennifer Caserta / IFC)

Heard But Not Seen: Capturing Music History Cinematically
(Organized by Warren Cohen / VH1)

Hollywood Lessons: What Film School Didn't Teach Me
(Organized by John Lang / Rough & Tumble Films)

I Thought We Were Friends! Business In Film
(Organized by Alicia Van Couvering / Freelance Producer)

Indie Success: What is it? Who's Got It?
(Organized by Mike Ryan / Greyshack Films)

Makers of Geek Documentaries: A Nerd’s life
(Organized by Rachel Lovinger / Razorfish)

Marketing Your Movie: Making a Great Trailer
(Organized by Monica Brady / Trailer Central/The Golden Trailer Awards)

New Tools for Filmmakers: Virtually Augmented 3.0 Reality
(Organized by Wendy Levy / BAVC)

Pen to Paper – Creating Conceptual Marketing Campaigns
(Organized by David Frost / All City Media)

Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen
(Organized by Corey Mitchell / In Cold Blog)

Selecting Films for Festivals: Science or Serendipity?
(Organized by Nick Roddick / Split Screen/London Film School)

Sex it Up!
(Organized by Lisa Vandever / CineKink)

You Are Not a Publicist: Criticism vs Advertising
(Organized by Daniel Carlson / Pajiba.com)

Your Baby Is Ugly: Evaluating Your Film Honestly
(Organized by Nic Baisley / FilmSnobbery)

More information is available at www.sxsw.com.