Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.
Organisers announced the entire festival and conference line-up on Tuesday (February 17) ahead of the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from March 13-22.
Programming includes the Conversations series with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field and Amy Schumer from the upcoming summer release Trainwreck, as well as Jeff Nichols and collaborator Michael Shannon and Henry Rollins.
All in all 150 features will screen, of which 102 are world premieres, 14 are North American premieres and 11 are US premieres.
SXSW programmers culled the 256 films including 106 shorts from close to 7,500 submissions, marking a festival record.
Previously announced keynote speakers are Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA. Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand documentary Brand: A Second Coming will open the film festival on March 13.
Conference subjects, panels and discussions will cover such areas as virtual reality, the future of film criticism and US-European co-production and funding opportunities.
Attendees from the public and industry will also be able to hear from insiders about the inner workings of the film business, meet Latino filmmakers in a ‘quick pitch’ session and hear Alex Garland talk about A.I. in his new film Ex Machina.
The complete schedule available here.