Put aside all the great movies, awesome food, lovely people and kick-ass music, and what does the South By Southwest Film Festival have to offer? Conferences, trade shows, and panel discussions that are actually interesting, that's what! And apparently the SXSW team doesn't like to wait till the last minute, as far as programming goes, which is why we've been treated to an early peek at next March's goods.

Scheduled for SXSW 2007 are the following panels -- with many more to follow, don't forget...

A Conversation with Morgan Spurlock -- Director of the Oscar-nominated Super Size Me and producer of the rather clever 30 Days TV series, Mr. Spurlock will be sitting down to chat with festival attendees on a one-to-one basis. Make sure you know a little something about documentary filmmaking before you sign up!

New Dogs, New Tricks -- Aims to take a look at the way film distribution has changed, what with the internet, the "new media" and fancy technologies altering the playing field. Participants will include MTV's David Gale, Spout.com's Rick DeVos, Cinematech's Scott Kirsner and More4's Katie Speight.

The State of Non-Profit Film -- Yes, you read that right: "non-profit film." Wondering what that's all about? Tune in and listen to Michelle Byrd (Executive Director, Independent Feature Project), Rebecca Campbell (Executive Director, Austin Film Society) and Brian Newman (Executive Director, National Video Resources)

Sex Scenes Stay Hard -- In what's sure to be the festival's most wildly popular panel in years (I'll be selling hot dogs), several indie filmmakers discuss the difficulties of shooting sexually explicit sequences -- only to see those scenes often doom their films to (distribution) failure. Talkers include directors Brian Poyser (Dear Pillow) and Joe Swanberg (Kissing on the Mouth, LOL), as well as Cinekink NYC's Lisa Vandever.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, panels-wise. SXSW '07 has a massive array of panelists lined up, and the programmers are happily busy coming up with new issues, themes and topics. (I hear there might be a panel on ... horror flicks!) Expected to participate next March are folks like Jeffrey Abramson (Gen Art), Paul Bales (SAGIndie), Steven Beer (entertainment attorney), Tom Quinn & Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Michael Burns (The Documentary Channel), Anne del Castillo (POV), Sean Farnel (Hot Docs), Chris Gore (Film Threat), Eugene Hernandez (indieWIRE), Gill Holland (producer, Loggerheads), David Hudson (GreenCine), Roger Kass (entertainment attorney), Tom Koch (WGBH), Ron Mann (director, Tales of the Rat Fink), Sejin Park (New Line Cinema), Greg Rhem (HBO), David Poland (Movie City News), Kay Schaber (Writers Guild of America), Mary Ann Thyken (ITVS), and Diane Weyermann (Participant Productions). (And me!)