SxSW Film Announces Co-Keynotes Ellen Page and Ian Daniel

By: Robert Prentice



Co-Keynotes Join Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg


Austin, Texas – February 29, 2016 – The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Conference and Festival announced its last Conference Keynote featuring Academy Award-nominated actress and activist Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, co-creators of the new documentary series Gaycation. Page’s body of work toggles between independents and tentpoles and she is now increasingly stepping behind the camera as a producer. Page and Daniel will discuss their careers, the equality movement and cultural attitudes towards LGBTQ people on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 AM. SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19, 2016.

This marks the fourth and final Film Keynote for the 2016 event. Previously announced 2016 SXSW Film Keynotes are Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg.

The SXSW Film Conference is a crash course for working filmmakers, industry pros and film fans. Covering a breadth of topics, from content creation to new distribution models to what’s next in the film industry, attendees acquire first-hand knowledge from experts and entertaining speakers at the nexus of creative industries, innovation and business. The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times is now available at

In addition to the Festival’s nine days of film screenings, the SXSW Film Conference features 200 informative and entertaining sessions, including Keynotes, Conversations, Panels, Workshops, Round Tables and Mentor Sessions, plus an additional 450+ Convergence sessions. Previously announced Featured Conversations include: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Green, Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton, Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery, Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Louis Black and Leonard Maltin, J.J. Abrams and Andrew JareckiGeena Davis, Sam EsmailRami Malek, Christian Slater, and Kerry Washington.

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 About SXSW Film

Now in its 23rd year, SXSW Film brings together creatives of all stripes over nine days to experience a diverse film line up and access to more than 500 Conference sessions with visionaries from all corners of the entertainment and media industries. SXSW 2016 takes place March 11-20 in Austin, TX.

 The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique industry convergence of music, film, and Interactive technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. The event is a launch pad for innovative content with new media presentations, music showcases and film screenings providing exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for attendees. For more information, please visit

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SXSW 2016 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Capital One, Bud Light, McDonalds and The Austin Chronicle.

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