It's only right that the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World" of Austin hosts South By Southwest. Buzzing with more than 2,200 musical performances, talks with industry insiders and reels of screenings and discussions for film die-hards, SXSW is a meeting grounds for creatives from all over the world.
Austin boasts a ton of great places to eat, drink and hang out, and a local atmosphere in which music, art and industry thrive. It has a huge selection of vacation rental houses and condos that make the perfect lodging for a few friends or a group heading to the event together. Renting a house rather than a hotel room is a fitting way to really get a feel for this vibrant, friendly Texas town.
The festival takes place March 7 through 16, 2014. It is split into three core sections: Music, Film and Interactive.
Calling all marketers, web developers, search engine optimizers, iphone app builders and more: Sign up for SXSW Interactive and enjoy access to five days of panels, keynote speeches, book readings, core conversations, trade shows and the Annual Web Awards. From Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11, SXSW Interactive combines next-level technologies with digital forward thinkers. This is your chance to network with the best and brightest.
Check out the newest startup ideas, innovative websites and hottest video games in the design community. As South By's website summarizes, "SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today." The 800 daytime sessions feature a full-spectrum of topics, including, health, hacking, design, fashion and space exploration. While the discussions differ from each venue, the underlying theme is innovation, creativity and inspiration.
Each day of SXSW Interactive brings in a keynote speaker including Austin Kleon, Anne Wojcicki and Adam Savage.
Moving Up the Job Ladder
If you're on the hunt for new career, the Digital Creative Job Market is the place to be. On March 6 and 7, you can expect a selection of top-tier employers scouting to fulfill their hiring needs with people like you. It is free and open to the public, so bring your resume, portfolio and spirit of innovation.
And did we mention the happy hours and parties that take place after business hours? Get your finger on the pulse of new media and come away with plenty of ideas to take back to work - plus a sweet bag of swag to remind you of your experience.
Film Conference and Festival
Film buffs won't want to miss this key event where you can hobnob with indie film directors, movie stars and industry bigwigs. Catch screenings of the latest independent films before anyone else does and stay on the brink of the hippest cinematic trends. Grab a seat for a range of genre styles, from documentaries to comedies to dramas. In addition, you'll find roundtable discussions, interactive panels, and after-hours parties at this premier film event.
Without a doubt, SXSW is one of the best springboards for indie films out there. Originally starting in 1987, the conference and festival is a crash course on guerrilla filmmaking for all levels of cinematic genius. Drop in on interviews and workshops staffed with big-time experts and insightful speakers, who offer unique access to a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. Plus, the one-on-one meetings in the Mentor Program make SXSW to truly personalized experience. So, whether you're submitting a flick or exposing yourself to raw innovation and up 'n' coming talent, this film extravaganza is a must-see!
For the first in South By history, there will be keynote speakers each day of the film festival. Get inspired by visionaries from across the filmmaking map. The big keynotes are Lena Dunham, who stars in the Emmy-nominated HBO series "Girls" (which she created), Jason Blum, the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, which is a multi-media production company, and Casey Neistat, a New York-based filmmaker who's the writer, director, editor and star of the series "Neistat Brothers" on HBO.
Besides the silver screen, you can scout out a range of comedy acts doing standup, sketch, improv and even podcasts. During SXSW 2014, most of the comedy programming will be held from March 8 to 11 during the Film and Interactive conferences.
Music and Media Conference
Brace yourself for the biggest and most anticipated music industry event in the world. With more than 100 stages of live music and 2,200 performances
representing 55 different countries, South By continues to outdo itself. This year is its 28th, melding network opportunities, panels, the Trade Show and Music Gear Expo in the Austin Convention Center. As the city's overrun by music seeping out of its concrete pores, there's a good chance you'll find more rhythm within the city limits than anywhere else on the planet.
Since 1987, the music event has grown from 700 registrants to 25,000 conference participants. That, in itself, speaks volumes. Turn up to acts including Talib Kweli, Urge Overkill, the Men, Cherub and hundreds of others that will be playing in more than 100 venues in downtown Austin. By day, you can rock to the stage showcases, and once the sun goes down, the full-fledged fest begins. In 2012, SXSW brought to the stage Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Sharon Jones and A Tribe Called Quest.
Sessions and Keynote
So far, there are 85 accepted music sessions in the conference that, like the film and interactive sessions, provide a first listen to the industry's front? runners. In the past, keynote speakers have included music titans such as Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Robert Plant. The bottom line: It's about to be cray.