Skip to content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
URI FLP - South By Southwest (SXSW)
Austin, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring,
Spring Break
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Fields of Studies: Film Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non Traditional
Program Description:
Header - SXSW_Spring

The SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Festival course is designed to give students direct access to filmmakers from around the globe through their exposure to film screenings, Q&A sessions, interactive panels, trade shows and equipment demonstrations, and one-on-one mentor sessions with professionals working within the industry. Students will attend festival events for 9 days during the week-long film festival and will be required to attend at least one mentor session while at SXSW. The class will meet with the instructor prior to departure in order to discuss the history and purpose of film festivals such as SXSW and start to think about the different events they may attend once they arrive in Austin, TX. Students will use their subscription to the SXSW World magazine as a source to prepare for their trip and to write a pre-departure paper discussing which festival and conference events they are planning to attend. They will meet with the instructor daily at designated times throughout the festival based on screening and panel schedules. While in Austin, they will also create a series of video blogs to be posted to a class blogging site. Then, after they return, they will present what they learned at SXSW to Film/Media production classes. The final project for this course is a reflection paper about their experience at SXSW which discusses how they will integrate their new knowledge from their festival experiences with their future film/media projects.

Check out the SXSW experience with videos from previous URI programs - 2016, 2015, 2014



Students will enroll in FLM 491: Independent Study (3 credits) or COM 410: Advanced Topics in Communication Studies. In addition to pre- and post-program coursework, students will attend various festival events for 9 days during the week-long film festival. After registration, students will get a subscription to SXSW World Magazine and access to an email listserve, which will start to announce screenings and industry panelists.



While in Austin, students will stay in double-occupancy hotel accommodations. Students will be responsible for payment of their own meals.


Program Fee: $2300

Program fee includes:
  • Housing
  • Local transportation
  • SXSW Film Festival Registration
  • Health insurance    
NOTE: All fees subject to change


Keith Brown, M.F.A.
(401) 580-6498  -
Keith Brown is a lecturer for Film/Media Studies in the Harrington School of Communication and Media. As a nationally recognized filmmaker and producer, Keith’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Cinema Census, the Antelope Valley International Film Festival, the Georgetown Indy Film Fest, Columbus Film & Video Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival, Film Stock, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He is also one of the founders of Boston Open Screen, an open-mike night for filmmakers, which is now held at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts. Keith collaborated with former students Rachel Mossberg (URI) and Aviv Rubenstien (BU) as a producer of Survive DC, a documentary feature that is in post-production. He is also in post-production on a narrative short film, 80s Birthday Party. He was also the program director of the KidsEye Filmmaking Camp for 12 years where he taught young students the basics of narrative film production.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 12/02/2016 ** Rolling Admission 03/10/2017 03/19/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Think Big We Do

Copyright © 2015 University of Rhode Island.