14 SXSW Breakouts You Need to Know

Jillian Knox Finley

With each passing year, Has SXSW gotten too big? is a question that lingers in the mind of virtually every attendee at Austin’s annual 10-day film, music, and interactive conference. It’s a fair point, being that the once indie-only showcase has come to routinely harbor some monster marquee names (including a surprise Drizzy cameo this year at Fader Fort. Ed. note: not complaining.) Yet the undaunted spirit of independent artistry lives on at South by Southwest, and it is our pleasure to report on it. With a week’s-plus worth of buzz over breakthrough artists and brilliant surprise turns from gadgets to auteur filmmaking, keep scrolling for our pick of the best of the fest.

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