“Must Attend” Industry Conferences

SXSW

When it comes to business very few things are more important than networking and industry knowledge. With both you will be able to create opportunities that would not be available otherwise. The best chance to bridge both of these areas of business is to attend industry conferences that are vital to your realm of interest. These are some examples of prominent conferences that have helped grow the status of many business people and projects:

South By Southwest

The South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, conference is a series of festivals, seminars and events that are centered around the film, music and technology industries. Held in Texas every spring, this conference has helped launch multiple careers across the industries of focus.

The film festival focuses on new directors who are looking to develop their projects from behind the camera. The music part of the festival allows for artists to perform for small stipends while linking them with prominent managers, producers and other personalities in the industry. The interactive aspect of the festival is for emerging technologies. Popular start-ups such as Four Square were once promoted at SXSW before becoming mainstream.

With 26 years of existence and nearly 10 days of events the SXSW conference is a must attend for those looking to break through in the music, film and interactive industries.

SundanceThe Sundance Film Festival

Perhaps one of the biggest conferences in the film industry, the Sundance Film Festival has long been a mainstay for industry personalities and movie critics alike. The film festival is a showcase that features work from American and independent film makers across the world. The event features both full length and short films that are placed in competition with one another. Many individuals come to this event in hopes of getting their project purchased by a major studio so it can be fully developed.

Many independent film creators such as Quentin Tarantino and Edward Burns received their first major break during this film festival. Movies such as The Blair Witch Project and Napoleon Dynamite were featured during the Sundance Film Festival as well.

Cine Gear Expo

The Cine Gear Expo is another conference that focuses on the entertainment and technology industries. Held in Hollywood, California this event brings together some of the most important personalities and experts across these areas of interest.

Not only does this conference feature networking events, but masters classes, symposiums and content development workshops are available to attendants.

If you consider yourself an entrepreneur then taking some time out to go to one of these conferences is money well spent. The long term benefits are well worth the money and is an investment that your career will need.

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