Your Guide to Kickstarter at SXSW

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South by Southwest takes over Austin, Texas March 11–20, and we’ll be there with bells on. Here’s a quick guide to what the Kickstarter community — and a few of our teams — will be up to as we join the descent upon Bat City to celebrate music, film, and feats of creative innovation. Hope to see you there!


This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you're a Kickstarter creator who'll be sharing your work at SXSW and you want us to know, leave a note in the comments below!

Kickstarter-Funded Films at SXSW 

The creators of Ovarian Psycos recently returned to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the central characters in their feature documentary to SXSW for the film's world premiere.
The creators of Ovarian Psycos recently returned to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the central characters in their feature documentary to SXSW for the film's world premiere.

We're thrilled that for the second year in a row, Kickstarter-funded films account for 30 percent of the SXSW film competition slate. Check out the list below, and explore the whole lineup here.

Narrative Feature Competition: collective:unconscious and Donald Cried (world premieres)

Documentary Feature Competition: Alive & KickingBest and Most Beautiful Things; Ovarian Psycos; and The Seer (world premieres)

Narrative Spotlight: 9 Rides and Slash (world premieres)

Documentary Spotlight: Learning to See (world premiere) and Mr. Gaga (North American premiere)

Visions: In Pursuit of Silence and My Beautiful Broken Brain (North American premieres)

24 Beats Per Second: Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke; and The Smart Studios Story (world premieres)

Festival Favorites: Trapped

Narrative Shorts: Homebodies (world premiere)

Documentary Shorts: These C*ocksucking Tears (world premiere)

Midnight Shorts: The Procedure

Texas Shorts: The Mink Catcher

Where to Find Our Film Team at SXSW

March 12, 12:30PM: Film Outreach Lead Dan Schoenbrun on panel How Crowdfunding Can Screw Your Distribution Plan 

March 12, 12:30PM: Film Media Relations Specialist David Ninh at Mentor Sessions (Publicity and Marketing)

March 15, 12:30PM: Documentary Film Lead Liz Cook on panel New Financiers: Meet the Film Finance Innovators 

Follow along with the team on Twitter @dandontknow, @thelizcook, @ninhcompoop — and don't forget @schmalztastic, who'll be holding down the fort in Brooklyn!

Kickstarter Music Creators at SXSW 

NPR's 2016 discovery playlist features 100 musicians to catch at SXSW, and — you guessed it! — there are a number of great tunes by Kickstarter creators that made the cut. Here's another special playlist for you, curated by our own Hayley Rosenblum, featuring songs by Kickstarter-supported artists we think you'll dig.

Where to Find Our Music Team at SXSW

March 16, 3:30PM: You Can’t Pay Bills with Facebook Likes, talk by Hayley Rosenblum, Music Outreach Lead

March 17, 12:30PM: Creative Convergence: Artists as Labels, talk by Molly Neumann, Head of Music

March 17, 5PM: Can’t Tell Me Nothing: Independent Hip Hop, panel presented by Hayley Rosenblum, featuring Amaechi Uzoigwe (Run The Jewels/Monotone Inc), Brandon Hixon (We Make Music), Naomi Zeichner (The Fader)

You'll find the team at concerts and hanging around the conference and festivities during music week. Follow along on Twitter: @hayleyfiasco (Music Outreach), @MollyDNeuman (Head of Music), and @ohreallysid (Managing Editor & Music Curation/Social).

Kickstarter Design & Technology at SXSW

In the fields of Design and Technology, you'll spot Kickstarter creators at the SXSW Trade Show, exhibitions, and at Hardware House. Catch up with folks at Doppler, Jamstik, M3D, Nextbit, Nomiku, Oliso, Olloclip, OSSIC, Pebble, Picobrew, Primo Toys, re:3D, Remidi, Roadie, Silk Labs, Thimble, and others.

Remidi in action!
Remidi in action!

March 14, 9:30AM: Start bright and early with a primer on Hardware on Kickstarter, moderated by John Dimatos, Senior Director — Design and Technology Communities, with panelists from Primo Toys, Nextbit, and re:3D.

March 15, 11AM: New Maker Models: Innovations in Urban Production, panel with John Dimatos.

Follow John on Twitter (@dimatosj) and stay up to date on the best and brightest D&T projects @kickstarterdt, a brand-new channel managed by our Senior D&T Curator, @trustynick.

Some Highlights in the World of Games

Hang out with the team behind Reaper Miniatures, Albino Dragon, LOUD on Planet X, and SUPERHOT, among others, at the Gaming Expo

A glimpse of the new Dwarven Forge Caste Builder
A glimpse of the new Dwarven Forge Caste Builder

March 12, 3:45PM: Catch a screening of The Dwarvenaut at the Alamo Ritz 1 — the documentary will give you a glimpse into the visionary mind of repeat Kickstarter creator Stefan Pokorny of Dwarven Forge

March 19, 7:30 PM: The 2016 SXSW Gaming Awards take place at the Hilton Austin Downtown, and Kickstarter-funded RPG Undertale is up for Game of the Year. You can view the complete list of nominees here. (Want to learn more about the making of Undertale? We recently had the pleasure of interviewing creator Toby Fox.)

Follow Kickstarter on Instagram to catch our SXSW Creator Interview Series, and tune into @KickstarterTips on Twitter for live tweets of great advice from our Music panels. See you in Texas!