SXSW 2024

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RECAP: AEB & YTexas South by Southwest Film Festival Event in Austin 2024

Over 250 people poured into a venue that looks like a house and another 100+ watched on Zoom to network & hear some amazing guest speakers. AEB's Founder & Host Producer Jennifer Hutchins & Host Ed Curtis shined a light on the thriving nexus of business and cinema in the Lone Star State. This intimate Fireside Chat featured illustrious Texas filmmakers and pioneering leaders from film-friendly businesses. 

The conversation highlighted Opportunities in Texas with over 20 high profile guest speakers including Troublemaker Studios (Spy Kids franchise, Desperado) Co-Owner and VP Elizabeth Avellan, Detour Filmproduction's (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused) Director of Operations Catherine Gonzales and Producer Chris Debiec (James Cameron's producer, VP of Eone).  We also heard from Freestyle Digital Media's Head of Digital Film Distribution Bill Vergos.  The keynote speaker Actor Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Chuck TV series) spoke passionately about the Future of AI in Filmmaking. 

Why is Texas good for business?

A panelist of entertainment industry professionals give us quick insights for why Texas is the place to be!


Why call Texas home?

Hear from some entertainment industry professionals on why they choose to call Texas home.


Advice from the industry

Hear from entertainment industry professionals as they give their thoughts on navigating the business.


Shout out to sponsors!

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors who helped us make this even happen!


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"I was guest speaking at an AEB event when a filmmaker asked a question about his documentary. I told him to contact me after the event because I could put him in touch with people who could help and he did. I’ve gotten to know more about the project and I’m going to help as I think the subject matter is important. But more importantly it also turns out he is an award-winning war photographer and cinematographer and I would never have known about his work if it wasn’t for the AEB event!! So thank you!!"

Suzanne Weinert
Director/ Producer President of Flatiron Pictures