SXSW Film Fest Announces Speakers



Todd Haynes and
Richard Linklater among the initial confirmations.


By Blurt Staff

For next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW)
Film  Conference & Festival – which takes place March 13-21, partly overlapping
with the Music Conference on March 18-22 – the first round of speakers has been
confirmed. The event will feature acclaimed writer/directors Todd Haynes
and Richard Linklater in conversation together, as well 
as a rare appearance by Col Needham, Founder and Vice President of  IMDb Service Limited to discuss the nature of
information in the  entertainment industry.  Longtime Stanley Kubrick producer, Jan Harlan
rounds out the group and will speak on his vast filmmaking  experience.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this first round of speaker announcements,
“said Janet Pierson, Producer of SXSW Film Conference and Festival,
in a statement. “These are vital innovators, and true ambassadors
for  the spirit of SXSW.  In these turbulent times we feel this is
more  important than ever as we head further and faster into unknown territory.”

This will be the 16th SXSW Film Conference &
Festival, and the usual Call for Entries is currently open with an early
deadline of November 14, 2008 and a final deadline of December 12, 2008. More information can be found at:


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