2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

A Beginner's Guide to SXSW Film

A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film kicks off in high gear with their annual Beginner's Guide. Answering questions like how do I get around Austin during the fest? When should I arrive to get into my movie? How do I navigate badge lines and how can I be sure to hit the best parties? Veteran SXSW participants and locals will share best ways to navigate Austin, the festival, ways to maximize social media during the event and even where to find the best eats. Rookies should come armed with questions and learn the tips and tricks to having the best experience while at the SXSW Film Festival and Conference.



Brian Kelley


Fantastic Fest

Brian, a DC transplant who quit his job and moved to Austin after falling love with the Alamo Drafthouse, is a longtime fan of SXSW having attended as press, a film junkie, an interactive panelist and a music lover. By day he is a software engineer, by night he is an assistant programmer for Fantastic Fest.


Jette Kernion

Editor in Chief


Jette Kernion founded Slackerwood in 2006 to cover all aspects of the Austin film scene. The site has grown from a single-person blog to a daily news and features site with more than 10 regular contributors, and is now published by Austin Film Society.


Kelly Williams


Black Metal/Pit Stop

Kelly Williams is an independent producer and film programmer. A graduate of the film program at UT Austin, Kelly has collaborated with producing partner Jonathan Duffy to produce two feature films.  The first was Yen Tan’s feature PIT STOP that premiered at Sundance in 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award.  The second is Kat Candler’s 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection HELLION starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis. Hellion is a recipient of a San Francisco Film Society/ Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant.

Based in Austin, Williams is a 2012 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and producer of the indie features Cinema Six and Pictures of Superheroes as well as Kat Candler’s previous short films Hellion (Sundance 2012) and Black Metal (Sundance 2013).  As a film festival programmer, he was awarded the 2007 International Film Festival Summit Excellence Award.

Kimberley Jones

Managing Editor

The Austin Chronicle


Neil Miller


Film School Rejects

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects, a reasonably successful website about movies. He's a resident of Austin, as is evident from his beard and in-depth knowledge of the local BBQ scene.

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