10 Panels We’re Excited To See At SXSW 2019

With SXSW 2019 evading our home base, you better know we’re gearing up to arm ourselves with knowledge and meet women creatives + filmmakers from across the global. We’ve put together a list of 10 panels we’re most excited to check out.

Psst … if you’re badge-less (ain’t no shame), we’re putting together a guide of our top FILM recommendations; these are mostly free to attend and definitely open to the public. Droppin’ on International Women’s Day. #BetterForBalance

Follow us along on @transformfilmfest to see where we’ll be during SXSW 2019!

Women Investing in Inclusive Innovation

The workforce landscape is changing rapidly. This discussion will showcase new efforts to drive critical support to women entrepreneurs who are leading the growth of the majority of top industries. It will also feature new approaches among tech companies to anticipate and creatively address our digital and data-driven future.

MAR 9, 2019 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

How Women are Rebuilding a Man-Made Internet

Women make up the majority of active social media users. What many don’t consider is that these platforms were made by men, causing all major online spaces to cater to the male user. These platforms are typically public, subjecting women to bullying, trolling and harassment––83% of young women report this as a problem in their lives.
As a result, women are combatting a sexist internet by moving behind “closed doors” and building new platforms away from the public crowd. This panel will discuss the emergence of female-focused platforms and how spaces that prioritize women’s needs (safety, authenticity, and empathy) will disrupt the Internet entirely.

MAR 9, 2019 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Bridging Diversity in the Film Industry Meet-Up

The Film and Television Industries have always been a dominant form of cultural and socio-economical influence in our society. Since the invention of the film camera, there has been a pervasive heteronormative and patriarchal dominance within this medium. For those of us that are represented by a diverse minority culture, how can we remove these prevailing ideologies in the media and tell our own stories from our own perspective? And in the industry itself, how do we infiltrate the creative process? This panel seeks to discuss varying methods of implementing diversity within this industry.

MAR 10, 2019 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

#MeToo, Now What? Looking Beyond the Hashtag

#MeToo, Now What will confront the dynamics and challenges of Film and Television in the wake of the #metoo movement. Panelists will have an honest dialogue focusing on underrepresented demographics, the deep complexity of discrimination extending far beyond a hashtag, and how film schools and introductory level programs should implement training to benefit equity in entertainment.

MAR 10, 2019 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM

The Global Voices of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement rocketed to prominence when women across industries and geographies shared stories of their abuse and discrimination. While much attention has been paid to the high-profile women who sparked the cultural reckoning, the most vulnerable women – on farms, and in fields, hotels, and homes – remain in the shadows, even as #MeToo has taken root across the globe, from India to Ecuador to South Korea. As part of the Make #March4Women campaign, CARE is demonstrating how to break down barriers that marginalize women around the world. This panel, featuring international leaders and activists, will kick off the campaign.

MAR 10, 2019 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Creating an Ecosystem for the Film Industry

Creating support systems for growing business sectors is not just limited to the tech startup community. In this panel, we will take a look at how Philadelphia is taking a shot at LA and NYC film and tv production industries. With the abundance of channels to stream new content - ie. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc. - there is more opportunity and demand than ever before for cities to grow their film economies. What are the key ingredients for successful, burgeoning film industry in cities who are trying to break into this?

MAR 10, 2019 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Film Keynote: Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde’s resume is impressive (to say the least), ranging from director, actress, producer and activist. Her directorial film debut Booksmart will release wide on May 24th of this year. Wilde has starred in a range of award-winning and critically acclaimed films including Meadowland, Her, Rush, and A Vigilante, and has worked with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood including Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Reed Morano.

MAR 11, 2019 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

The Changing Role of Women in the Arts

The role of  women in the arts has dramatically changed and expanded in recent years alongside movements like #NotSurprised and #MeToo that work to create safer spaces and stronger communities for women in the workforce. Hear from women leaders in the art world as they discuss the changing landscape from where it was, to where it's at, and where it needs to head.

MAR 11, 2019 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Women of Color Leadership: Overcome Culture Bias Meet Up

Women of cultural backgrounds (color) are paid the lowest of all groups and are less likely to be in leadership positions as they are impacted with cultural/family bias, lack of role models, mentors champions. Meet other individuals who have had similar experiences while you informally discuss how to overcome the obstacles, mindset and how to champion other women in organizations so there is a reduction of salary gap and increased gender diversity.

MAR 11, 2019 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Women in Film Behind-the-Scenes

The number of behind-the-scenes jobs held by women in the top 250 films has seen virtually no progress over the past two decades. As the US moves toward becoming a majority-minority country, investing in off-screen hiring that is more reflective of the US population will ensure a more accurate representation of today’s audiences on-screen. Join three women in the industry as they break down the numbers that prove diversity is strengthening their work.

MAR 11, 2019 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Follow us along on @transformfilmfest to see where we’ll be during SXSW 2019!