2021 Virtual SXSW Film Festival

March 16–20, 2021

This past year has seen a lot of firsts, thanks to a global pandemic. Check out some of the RTF affiliates, listed below) who are participating in the 2021 first-ever virtual SXSW Film Festival. Learn more about #UTatSXSW.


Dear Mr. Brody (Festival Favorites, Documentary Feature)
Producer: Megan Gilbride (MFA '04)

Director: Keith Maitland (UT alum)
Cast includes: Geoff Marslett (former Sr. Lecturer/MFA '00)

Learning Tagalog with Kayla (Texas Shorts) - Winner of Audience Award
Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang (BS '14)

Malignant — Winner of Mailchimp Support the Shorts Special Jury Recognition
Directors: Morgan Bond (BS '14), Nickolas Grisham (BS '16),
Screenwriters: Nickolas Grisham, Curtis McOsker (former student)

Summer Animals (Texas Shorts) —Winner of Jury Award
Director/Screenwriter: Haley Elizabeth Anderson (BS '14)

Inbetween Girl (Visions) Winner of Audience Award
Mei Makino (BS ’14) - Writer, Director, Co-Producer
Connor Pickens (BS ’14) - Producer/Editor
Ivy Chiu (BS ’14) - DP
Matthew Stryker (BS ’15) - Co-Producer, 1st AD

Mentors Making Film & Episodics

PJ Raval (Associate Professor)  - Unraval Pictures | Documentary Filmmaker
David Hartstein (BS ’00) - Blue Suitcase | Producer
Sarah Seulki Oh (Assistant Professor) - Producer
Bryan Poyser (BS ’00) - Director
Maya Perez (Lecturer) - Screenwriter

Film Round Tables By Track: Making Film & Episodics

Clay Liford (BS '97) - Well Tailored Films | Writer/Director
Chelsea Hernandez (BS '10) - Panda Bear Films | Director

Civic Saturday (March 9)

A SXSW edition of Civic Saturday to celebrate and reflect on how the arts intersect with activism and social justice today and throughout history. This multifaceted program will include music, poetry, and a rich panel discussion with artistic leaders from around our Austin community, included RTF faculty:

Mikala Gibson (Lecturer)
Ya’Ke Smith (Associate Professor)

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