SXSW hosting series of meet ups as entries open for speaker proposals

unnamed-8Applications have opened for session suggestions for next year’s SXSW Interactive conference sessions, as well as entries to the Interactive Awards for the Austin, Texas based event. Local organisers are also hosting a series of free meet and greet panel sessions with conference veterans to share their thoughts on this year’s festival.

The release: 

In its 30th year South by Southwest Interactive, Music and Film Festivals and Conferences (SXSW) have opened up artist & band showcase submissions, film screening applications, entry for Interactive Awards as well as speaker & topic proposals for the Austin Texas events March 11-22.  Details at http://sxsw.com.

SXSW is also hosting special free “Movie Meet ‘n’ Greet” networking nights in Melbourne July 13, Sydney July 14, Adelaide August 3 and Brisbane August 4 with a panel of expert veterans in each city sharing secrets, tips and insider info as well as showing the 90 minute film “Outside Industry” on the raucous 30 year history of SXSW that was never released commercially because the producer never cleared the rich music within.  (See below for dates and speakers)

In March 2015, over 750 paid delegates attended from Australia, 47 bands played official night showcases and innumerable parties, four Australian films were featured in the juried show and various interactive projects were nominated for awards.

The global statistics for all three SXSW events are attached. The Music Festival hosted 2266 artists from 60 countries in 107 venues, with 30,000 delegates and 3000 Music Media.  150 Feature Films and 106 curated Shorts screened with 20,252 delegates from 71 countries and 2250 Film Media.  Interactive participants numbered 33,825 from 85 countries in over 1250 IA sessions with 3389 Media.

The Free events are:

July 13 (Monday) Melbourne:  Bar Open–317 Brunswick St. Fitzroy starts at 5:30with networking drinks, 6:30 for panel and questions 7:30 film. Speakers are

  • Glenn Dickie–Export Producer for SoundsAustralia
  • Monty Hamilton–Digital Expert & multple SXSW Interactive attendee
  • Gus Berger & Christina Radburn–SXSW Film Festival exhibitors 2015
  • Brad Thomas–Travel Guru and official agent for SXSW
  • panel Moderated by Phil Tripp–13 year rep for SXSW OZ, NZ & Hawaii
July 14 (Tuesday) Sydney:  Newtown Social Club–387 King St. Newtown starts at 5:30 with networking drinks, 6:30 for panel and questions 7:30 film. Speakers:
  • Julia Natoli–Channel [V] Program Manager & Music Director
  • Mark Berry–Design Director for VML & multiple SXSW attendee
  • Marc Sousley–GM Secret Sounds Touring and formerly C3 in
  • Alex Hayes– Editor of Mumbrella
  • Chelsea Sinnott–Associate Producer Sounds Australia muisc export body
  • Brad Thomas–Travel Guru and official agent for SXSW  and more TBA
  •         panel Moderated by Phil Tripp–13 year rep for SXSW OZ, NZ & Hawaii
August 3 (Monday) Adelaide: New Venture Institute, Flinders at Tonsley, 1284 South Rd., Clovelly Park SA  6:00 drinks, 6:30 panel, 7:30 film.  Speakers:
  • Wendy Perry–Workplace Blueprint, SA delegation Leader 2015 to SXSW
  • David Grice–MD Musitec Ltd, a music technology company at SXSW 2015
  • Sosefina Fuamoli–AU Review Journalist covering SXSW for three years.
  • Kirsty Stark–Producer Epic Films online series Wastelander Panda 2013
  • Moderated by Phil Tripp with one more speaker TBA.
 August 4 (Tuesday) Brisbane:  New Globe Theatre 220 Brunswick St. Fortitude Valley with speakers Denise Foley of Qmusic, Phil Tripp and more TBA

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