SXSW unveils short films, panels

Michel Gondry, Quentin Tarantino to speak at fest

South by Southwest, the sprawling movie and music fest that takes over Austin, Texas, for one week each year, has unveiled its list of 2010 film panels and short films. Michel Gondry, Quentin Tarantino and David Gordon Green are among the shiny H’w’d names that are popping up as major speakers at the fest’s 80 panels.

Other notables inclue Peter Becker, president of Criterion Collection, David Wohl of Radical Publishing and Pixar’s Susan Bradley. Among the more notable panals: “A Conversation with Michel Gondry,” “Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts,” “Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study” and “Creating a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy.”

Previously announced participants include Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop, a “Kick-Ass” conversation panel with director Matthew Vaughn, actors Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and comic writers Mark Millar and John S. Romita; producer Gustavo Santaolalla in conversation with BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross, and Gilbert Shelton in conversation with Harry Knowles.

In addition to the list of feature pics already announced, the SXSW Film Conference and Festival is showing 130 short films, chosen from an intimidating 2,312 submissions.

The comprehensive schedule for the Film Conference, which runs March 12-20, will be released Feb. 15.

For a complete list of the short films involved and more information on panels, workshop and mentor sessions, go to

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