The SXSW Film Festival is adding a series of daily keynote sessions to its 2014 lineup, led by a trio of forward-thinkers who “embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive” of the annual Austin fest. Lena Dunham, who launched her career out of SXSW with Tiny Furniture and came full circle last year with a panel on her HBO show Girls, is scheduled to deliver a keynote along with micro-budget horror whiz Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) and Spirit Award-winning indie filmmaker Casey Neistat (HBO’s The Neistat Brothers, Daddy Long Legs). Each keynote session will be held at 11 AM from Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Here’s the first wave of SXSW panel announcements, including talks from the fest’s first-ever SXSports conference:

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• 5 Lessons Learned from Movie Studios on How to Market Your Movie
(Organized by Kevin Winston / Digital Wellbeing Labs)

• All About Hidden Camera & Investigative Reporting (CLE Session)
(Organized by Nels Jacobson)

• After Wrap: Finding The Right Distribution Partner
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber)

• Building A Social Media “Duck” Dynasty
(Organized by Elizabeth Lloyd / A&E Networks)

• Coogler & Vogt-Roberts process WTF just happened
(Organized by Jordan Vogt-Roberts / No-Sleep-A-Thon)

• A Discussion on Viral Content with RSA Films
(Organized by Ed Wise / RSA Films)

• How NOT To Produce Movies
(Organized by Matthew Mills / Spacestation Media)

• Parlay Your Skills Beyond the Screen
(Organized by Erin Essenmacher / National Association of Corporate Directors)

• The Smartest Dumbass: Interactive vs. Film
(Organized by Myles Bender)

• Sound & Story with Skywalker Sound
(Organized by Zoe Leverant / Skywalker Sound)

• Stories wanted. An explosion of opportunity.
(Organized by Eric Shamlin / TCX)

• What Filmmakers Can Learn From the Music Industry (CLE Session)
(Organized by Nels Jacobson)

• Working remotely – making films across states
(Organized by PJ Raval / Unraval Pictures)

Future15 – 12-minute solo presentations from top industry experts, with three-minute breaks between speakers:

• The Art of the Hustle/Hustling for Art: Kickstarter + Indie Filmmaking
(Organized by Elisabeth Holm / Kickstarter)

• Crowdfund a Simple Idea to the Silver Screen
(Organized by John Trigonis / Indiegogo)

• The Digital Recession
(Organized by Jim Cummings / Ornana Films)

• How Subscription VOD Changed the Distribution Game
(Organized by Chris Horton / Sundance Institute)

• Small Time Theatrical Distribution
(Organized by Benjamin Crossley-Marra / Zeitgeist Films)

Digital Domain:

• Interview with The Goggles: Immersive Storytelling
(Organized by Swanna MacNair / Electric Yarn)

• McLaren Workshop: From catalogue to KILLER App
(Organized by Lorne Price / National Film Board of Canada)

• New Narratives: Building An Interactive Storyworld
(Organized by Karim Ahmad / The Independent Television Service)

• Unbranded: Whole Foods and Mission Driven Docs
(Organized by Caitlin Riley / Whole Foods Market)

• How To Book Your Next Audition
(Organized by Rochelle Rose / Screen Actors Guild)

• How to Shoot Stunts and Action on a Budget
(Organized by Val Gameiro / TXSTAR Entertainment Inc)

• U.S. Immigration Options for Film Professionals
(Organized by Sharon Brenner / Surowitz Immigration P.C.)


• Arena vs. Couch: The Battle of Game Day Experience
(Bob Morgan, SportStream, Jordan Maleh, University of Michigan, Bryan Srabian,San Francisco Giants)

• The End Game: Storytelling Through Sports
(Panelists TBA)

• Fanalytics: How to Get Moneyball on Anything
(Organized by Lee Mooney / Barclays)

• Innovation in Big-Time College Football
(Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech University & George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports)

• Media & the Personal Brand: Grantland & 538
(Bill Simmons, Grantland & Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight)

• Notre Dame and Spotify: Our Playlist, Our Story
(Organized by Jordan Gremli / Spotify)

• Opening Featured Speaker: Hunting for Elephants: Creating Enterprise Value in Sports Media
Peter Guber, Chairman, Mandalay Sports Media

• The Printed Athlete: Sports Embraces 3D Printing
(Jeff Beckham & Mike Vasquez, Tribal Sciences)

• What’s New in Fantasy Sports
(Organized by Clay Walker / USA TODAY)
Meet Ups:

• Alt distribution: let’s build a network in 60 min
(Organized by Don Downie / Small Medium Extra Large)