"Girls" creator Lena Dunham, horror producer Jason Blum and YouTube sensation Casey Niestat will deliver keynote addresses at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, SXSW announced Tuesday.
Next year will be the first that the Austin, Texas, film festival is programming keynote addresses, modeled on those at its sister festival, SXSW Interactive.
Each of the keynote speakers fits into one of the distinctive niches at SXSW, which is known for its horror films, comedies and low-budget offerings.
Dunham, who created and stars in the HBO series "Girls," premiered her feature film "Tiny Furniture" at SXSW in 2010. Blum, the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Pictures, has forged his career producing highly profitable low-budget horror films like the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and "The Purge." And Niestat, who is the writer, director and star of the HBO series "The Niestat Brothers," is a former New York City bicycle messenger who made his name producing dozens of short films for the Internet.