I'll cut right to the chase because you already know I consider the annual South By Southwest Film Festival to be a combination of movie heaven, food nirvana, and summer camp-style friendliness: A few of next festival's panels have already been announced, some of which promise several impressive names -- and some that'll present a few names you might know from this very own bloggo.

One of the more enticing panels is one called The LonelyGirl15 Case Study, in which the fictional MySpace character will be discussed. The three creators will be on hand to illuminate why and how this type of filmmaking has proven so popular. (Hate to admit it, but I don't know much about the LonelyGirl15 phenomena; a friend recently explained it to me, and I like it.)

Also scheduled for next March's SXSW are panels like A Conversation with Richard Linklater, New Media Goes to the Movies, Building an Online Fan Base, The Pros and Cons of Mobile Video, and two that have a rather close connection to we here at Cinematical:

Former Cinemistress and all-around movie carnivore Karina Longworth will be moderating a panel called Which Niche is Which?: Finding the Target Audience, and the folks chatting at that table will be Eamonn Bowles of Magnolia Pictures, Chris Hyams of Bside Entertainment and Jim Miller of Brave New Foundation.

Also, yours truly will be geeking out with some filmmakers and journalists on a panel called Panel of the Dead: Horror Films of Today, which will be moderated by AICN's Harry Knowles. This will be my third panel in as many years for the SXSW posse, and it's the one I'm (far and away) the most excited about. (The rest of the panel participants will be announced shortly, and you can rest assured I'll share those names ASAP.)

South By Southwest is a splendid mega-festival that deals in movies, music and interactive art. Next year it'll run from March 9th to March 17th. I've said it 328 times, and I'll say it again: I cover a solid amount of film festivals, and SXSW is by far my favorite. If you can make it to Austin next March, you absolutely should. You'll thank me later.