The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced today filmmaker Marc Webb will serve as the fourth Keynote on Saturday, March 8, as well as the final additional features to screen at the festival. Also announced were featured Conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton, and the complete Conference lineup including Convergence sessions. SXSW Film will open on Friday, March 7, 2014 with the world premiere of Chef, and run through March 15 in Austin, Texas. The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times, is now available at http://www.sxsw.com/film.
An additional eight features have been announced, and descriptions follow below. With these additions, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 133 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 8 U.S. Premieres, with 70 first-time directors. 113 shorts will screen as part of 11 overall shorts programs. The 246 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, nearly 6,500, comprised of approximately 2,200 features and 4,300 shorts, with an overall increase of 14% over 2013. For more information and the complete SXSW Film Lineup, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film/screenings/film-lineup.
In addition to nine full days of film screenings, the SXSW Film Conference (Friday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 11), will feature over 150 informative and entertaining sessions. Also announced were Convergence sessions, open to all Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badges, and taking place in multiple locations for 2014. For more information on Convergence at SXSW, visit
The panels released today join over 40 previously announced sessions for the 2014 SXSW Film Conference, including its first-ever daily keynotes, previously announced to include Lena Dunham (Monday, March 10 – new date), Jason Blum (Sunday, March 9) and Casey Neistat (Tuesday, March 11), and major Conversations with luminaries like Alejandro Jodorowsky and the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop. For complete programming for the all new SXsports, Digital Domain, Future 15s, Mentor Sessions, Meet the Insiders, Workshops, Startup Alley, Come & Capture Demo Pavilion and Conference descriptions and participants, browse the schedule at http://www.schedule.sxsw.com.
Marc Webb Keynote
Webb most recently directed the smash hit The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Sally Field, which grossed over $750 million worldwide. Upcoming, he helmed the latest chapter in the Spider-Man legacy The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2. Webb made his feature film debut with the acclaimed (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Picture, and The National Board of Review honored Webb with their Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding directorial debuts. Webb began his career as a music video director. He has been honored with several MTV Video Music Awards, including the Best Director Award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” Best Rock Video in 2006 for AFI’s “Miss Murder” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association also honored him as Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR and My Chemical Romance.
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