Ellen Page, Ian Daniel join SXSW as keynote speakers

This year’s SXSW Festival is just a few weeks away, and joining the event will be Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page and Ian Daniel.

The recently collaborated on the new documentary series “Gaycation”. The series follows Page and Daniel as they travel around the world exploring LGBT cultures. The series introduces how different cultures react to openly LGTB individuals, how it affects their families, and reveals the staggering inequality that people still face around the globe.

“The SXSW Film Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need to achieve their goals, and what better way than bringing together a diverse slate of today’s most talented creators. We’re particularly proud of our expanded Convergence programming, which is open to more than one badge type and enhances the creative combustion that happens between SXSW Music, Film and Interactive,” said Head of SXSW Film Conference and Festival Janet Pierson.

“At a time when media makers are creating content for ever expanding platforms, or hopscotching between them, we are pleased by the breadth of experience of this year’s speakers. They have rich, long careers that evolved using the tools of our changing times. Keynotes Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd, Joe Swanberg, and many participating in our Featured Conversations report from the trenches with their hard earned wisdom.”

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.

There will also be an additional 450+ Convergence sessions, which have been announced on an ongoing basis, such as Future of Entertainment sessions with J.J. Abrams, Andrew Jarecki, Geena Davis, Sam Esmail, Rami Malek Christian Slater, Kerry Washington and the creators of Broad City; a SXgood Featured Session with Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates; and SouthBites Featured Speaker Anthony Bourdain.

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