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25 Feb 2014

Québec will shine again at South by Southwest

Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, Monique Simard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, and Alain Proulx, Assistant Deputy Minister for Export Trade of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur, surrounded by participants of Planet Québec’s fourth delegation at South by Southwest. Photo: Valérie Blum

The programming for Planet Québec’s fourth appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, which will be held in Austin, Texas from March 7 to 16, was unveiled yesterday in Montreal.

“International visibility for our creators is a priority of our government. Québec’s vitality, innovative thinking and ingenuity in the areas of culture and technology are recognized and sought after," stated Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications.

“We are proud to support our artists and entrepreneurs from Québec in their efforts to win over international markets and promote Québec's expertise," added Minister Jean-François Lisée.

Hosting thousands of professionals from around sixty different countries every year, SXSW is considered a major event for developing markets in music, film and interactive media.

Planet Québec is the Québec government’s platform at SXSW for supporting and advancing the careers of musicians, directors and interactive media entrepreneurs.

Wide-ranging programming

With around twenty of its music groups scheduled to perform at Maggie Mae's, a bar offering live music in downtown Austin, Québec will be well represented in the festival’s music events. These groups will be presented by Envol et Macadam, M for Montreal, Pop Montréal and even Scene 1425.

Four Québec projects are also Interactive Award finalists and three Québec companies are competing in the SXSW Accelerator competition, which awards the most promising young entrepreneurs and companies in emerging sectors every year.

Finally, two short films and a full-length feature film by Quebec film directors will battle it out in the festival’s official film competition.

To find out more about Québec’s participants, go to the Planet Québec site at
It is also possible to follow the Québec delegation on Facebook and Twitter

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