SXSWedu Film Program, He Names Me Malala, photo by Earl McGhee

The SXSWedu Film program highlights poignant narratives and documentaries focusing on all aspects of education. With films tackling social impacts on domestic and international learning, peering into classrooms, and exploring the journey to becoming an educator, the film program presents an entertaining and compelling addition to SXSWedu.

Film selections are community driven, just like SXSWedu session content. Filmmakers, producers and community members are invited to submit films for the conference. The application process for SXSWedu 2017 is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcements of selected films as March approaches.

Please note that SXSWedu Film is a programming component of SXSWedu. It is distinct from and should not be confused with the SXSW Film Festival.

Visit the past films page to see what films have participated in the film program in the past. For more information or questions about film, check out the SXSWedu Film FAQ.

Film Screenings

While we are still accepting films, a few have already been selected to screen at SXSWedu 2017. Watch the trailers, learn more and add them to your schedule for March.

Landfill Harmonic

LANDFILL HARMONIC follows the amazing journey of a garbage picker, a music teacher, and a group of children who create the most unlikely orchestra, one made entirely out of trash. They call it the “Recycled Orchestra of Cateura”.

Director: Graham Townsley
Producer & Co-Director: Juliana Penaranda-Loftus
Director/Editor/Director of Photography: Brad Allgood

 Newtown photo Credit Derek Wiesehahn


Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

Director: Kim A. Snyder Producer(s): Maria Cuomo Cole + Kim A. Snyder

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Newtown Trailer from Mile22 on Vimeo.

Newtown photo Credit Derek Wiesehahn.

Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers

PAPER TIGERS follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

Director: James Redford
Producer: Karen Pritzker

SXSWedu Film program, He Names Me Malala, photo by Earl McGhee.