SXSW Programming

RDV CANADA offers a space that fosters collaboration between all Canadian attendees to help leverage SXSW’s international reach.

This year, rendezvous with the best of Canadian talent at the following events :

Canadian films at the festival

Discover the Canadian talent at SXSW!

Consult the summary of film screenings at SXSW.

RDV Canada - Your Canadian space


11+12+13/03 – 10:00-02:00
Lounge Areas

Come and have your meeting in the comfort of our Canadian themed lounges.


11+12+13/03 – 10:00-17:00 
VR/AR Garden 

Presented by Telefilm Canada and the Phi Centre, featuring The Orpheus Project by François Chalifour and Hecate Group


Let us know if you are coming! RSVP today!

To make sure you have the best experience at the events listed below, we ask that you RSVP to them!

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11/03 – 12:00-13:00
Welcome lunch

Hosted by Telefilm Canada, Secret Location and CMF

For more information: click here


11/03 − 13:00-15:00
Canadian AR/VR Summit

Presented by Secret Location

Attend a program full of panel presentations featuring global leaders in immersive entertainment. 

Panel 1: Tech Tips & Tricks of the VR Trade

Panel 2: Location-Based Entertainment in the Era of VR/AR

Panel 3: The Rise of Immersive Storytelling

For more details and panel presenters: click here


11/03 − 17:00-18:00
Indie Tips from your Canadian Neighbo(u)rs meet up

Our fellow Canadians, Eli Batalion and Philip Kalin-Hajdu are hosting a Panelpicker Meet-Up about Canadian indie filmmaking, with a chance to meet with artists and industry like Telefilm Canada and those that want to work with Canadians.

You’ll want to attend, because they will be serving Montreal bagels!

Venue: JW Marriott, Room 210

For more info:


11/03 − 17:00-19:00
Welcome Networking for the Québec @ SXSW Delegation

Offered by Export Québec and the Bureau du Québec à Houston

Private Event


11/03 − 18:30-19:30
Rendezvous with Canadian Creators

Hosted by Telefilm Canada

Head on over to meet your Canadian Creators and make bonds that will never break! This is a great time to relax before a very eventful night here at RDV CANADA.


11/03 − 19:30-00:00
The Canadian Soundtrack

A festive event hosted by Telefilm Canada and Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, featuring Kardinal Offishall and Beachclub

For more information: click here


11/03 −  00:00-02:00
Beachclub Resident DJs Spinning Film Soundtracks

Produced by Beachclub


12/03 −  12:00-14:00
Music Meets Tech

A presentation by HUB Montréal, in collaboration with M pour Montréal



12/03 − 14:00-15:00
AI Summit: Winning the Race for Top Machine Learning and AI Talent

Hosted by C2 Montreal in collaboration with Ville de Montréal

Attracting the brightest minds in AI is intensifying. Given the height of the competition, the short supply of qualified candidates who fall into the category of leading edge, and the difficulty in attracting top talent, hiring machine learning talent has become a major challenge for smaller firms in 2018. How to attract top candidates of leading edge? What are the key considerations for top AI talent when it comes to choosing a job? What are the key motives taken into consideration by top AI talent in choosing a job?


12/03 − 17:00-19:00

In collaboration with the Quebec Office in Houston, Business France, Machine Lafayette and the Walloon Agency for Export and Foreign Investment


12/03 – 20:00-02:00
We Are Montreal

Featuring Pierre Kwenders + Milk and Bone + Wake Island + Moonshine, in collaboration with M pour Montréal, Bonsound, Pop Montreal and Beachclub

Experience the musical programming of the movers and shakers that make this city so  cool. Come for the good vibes, stay for the good music.



13/03 – 12:00-14:00
Blockchain & Media Industry – Lunch & Meet

Presented by Telefilm Canada, Groupe Média TFO, Three Lefts, OVA et Badel Media.

Discover innovative start-ups that are developing blockchain initiatives related to the media industry. Discover new solutions, exchange on industry challenges, learn from the experiences of others, identify blockchain developers and experts and find potential partners.

For more details: click here


13/03 − 14:00-16:00
Smart Cities Challenge – When countries empower communities to collaborate and innovate

Since 2016, US Department of Transporation (2016) and Infrastructure Canada (2018) have both challenged communities to come forward with their best ideas to improve the quality of life of
their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

The Grand Prizes:
Canada: CAN$50M


Eric Poirier (Infrastructure Canada)
Ted Lehr (City of Austin Smart City Team)
James Cumming (London & Partner)

Join us in a open book discussion between Ted Lehr from the City of Austin Smart City team (whom came in second at the US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge (2016)) and Éric Poirier from Infrastructure Canada, whom  is in the center of this initiative. Plus discover the vision of the city of London with James Cummings from London & Partner.

For more details: click here


13/03 − 17:00-19:00
The Canadian Mixer – Vision 2019 

Hosted by Telefilm Canada in collaboration with CIMA, CMF, Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, Mangrove and Tak Design

Private Event


13/03  − 20:00-02:00
Free Trade Music From Canada
M pour Montréal and Exclaim! presents a 100% Canadian showcase in collaboration with Manitoba Music and SaskMusic.

The evening will feature performances from R&B/hip hop duo Samurai Champs, new pop alent Boniface, dark-synth group Ghost Twin, alternative band John Jacob Magistery, the inimitable singer-songwriter Lisa Leblanc and “sincere pop” artist Helena Deland.