There are enough quality film festivals in the world now that one could easily go month-by-month and find at least three per that are “should attend” or “absolutely must attend” festivals. The SXSW Film Festival held in Austin, TX during the month of March is an annual “absolutely must attend,” mainly because it is a full-event/conference on film and the film industry while also being equally focused on technology and media with its Interactive component and, for those of you who adore music, being overwhelmingly supportive of numerous bands that come to town for the Music component in the waning days of the film festival. Austin is also home to arguably the greatest theater franchise in the world, the Alamo Drafthouse, and as such, there is no better place to see a movie than sitting in the Alamo with like-minded cinéastes.
That said, the 2010 SXSW Conferences and Festivals, running March 12-21, 2010, are currently open for registration. Those that register by September 25, 2009 get a significant discount, and while registration never seems to run out, accommodations always do. If you’re thinking of attending SXSW 2010, register early and put the money saved on the badge or badges towards a nice, close hotel room.