Image: Old School Video Camera at #KODAK #sxsw
I just looked up the SXSW Photo and Video Policies and all the restrictions mainly deal with Music.
You can take photos and video.
Image: Jeffery Tambor Acting Workshop
Here's the SXSW PHOTO POLICY for Film and Interactive:
Personal digital cameras ARE allowed at SXSW Film and Interactive events, provided photography is not disruptive. Registrants may take photos from their seats, as long as they are not standing in the press area, obstructing views, or using a flash after the panel begins.SXSW VIDEO POLICY for Film and Interactive:
If you are granted press credentials by the SXSW Publicity Department, the following will be permitted with your credentials: news coverage of event activities, reviews, interviews, snippets of talks and performances.
However, in order to protect the rights of copyrighted artists and speakers, as well as SXSW, please note the following carefully: Your press credentials and camera tag will NOT allow you to webcast audio or video, broadcast or otherwise transmit, retransmit or copy in any form any artist performance, conference programming or Film Q&A longer than :45 seconds...
For all (Music, Film & Interactive) Conference panels and other talks, by accepting SXSW credentials you are agreeing that your coverage will be limited to shooting the first 5 minutes of any session. You also agree to broadcast no more than 45 continuous seconds of any one session. Audio feeds are not allowed for any Interactive or Film panels/talks and are allowed during Music only with prior consent from SXSW.
Video: MacGruber Cast Recreates Surprised Kitten Viral Video at SXSW 2010
In this video from SXSW 2010, attendee Dani Hill asked the MacGruber cast to recreate the Surprised Kitten video to make a new viral video. Everyone with a video camera shot video of it.