Roman Coppola to Lead Featured Session with Non-Profit Decentralized Pictures at SXSW 2022

LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2021 – If the past year has shown us anything, it’s that accessibility for all is crucial to the survival of filmmaking. Kicking the doors wide open brings much-needed fresh oxygen to the greenlighting process.
At next year’s SXSW edition, alongside Decentralized Pictures (DCP) CEO Leo Matchett, Roman Coppola will be discussing the importance of discovering, mentoring and supporting new talent and how DCP hopes to transform the future of the film industry.

SXSW 2022 Featured Session


  • Moderator: Barbara Bruni, freelance journalist & media attorney
  • Panelist: Roman Coppola, DCP Co-Founder
  • Panelist: Leo Matchett, DCP CEO & Co-Founder
  • Panelist: TBA, DCP-funded filmmaker

What: “Filmmakers of the future – How the next generation are proving themselves on talent, vision and hard work alone”

Where & when: TBA

Mr. Coppola: “SXSW operates on the cutting edge of entertainment and tech. DCP’s mission is rooted in that exact cross-section in order to break down the barriers to entry in Hollywood and empower the next generation of talent. A panel at SXSW provides us with the opportunity to exchange ideas – which is more important than ever as we emerge from a global lockdown and reassess how we can do things better. We are honored to be part of this upcoming panel discussion.”

“Since my father first founded American Zoetrope in 1969, it has built its legacy on finding new and innovative ways to support independent filmmaking, and the launch of DCP takes this vision beyond Hollywood to empower creators all over the world.”

Founded in 2018 by Roman Coppola, Leo Matchett, and Michael Musante Decentralized Pictures (DCP) is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to launch careers for independent and underserved filmmakers through its democratic film fund. The DCP platform, powered by blockchain technology, is driven by its own community, for which anyone can sign up, submit their film projects, as well as rate, review and vote on individual film projects to select a winner. DCP will launch its platform in early 2022, opening its doors to aspiring filmmakers everywhere.


About Roman Coppola

Roman Coppola is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. With the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom, he and co-writer Wes Anderson were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2016, his television series Mozart in the Jungle won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Comedy. Mr. Coppola co-wrote the worldwide hit Isle of Dogs, co-written and directed by Wes Anderson. Most recently, he worked on the story of The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson, which he also executive-produced, premiering in Cannes’ 2021 competition. Mr. Coppola serves as president of the San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope. He is also founder and owner of The Directors Bureau, a commercial and music video production company.

Download portraitphoto credit Kalman Muller for DCP

About DCP

Decentralized Pictures (DCP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of filmmakers and movie fans whose mission is to support independent filmmakers with a focus on artists from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds. Started by a network of industry leaders, including master filmmaker and entrepreneur Roman Coppola, DCP aims to open the doors of Hollywood for those without connections or monetary backing through a fair and transparent blockchain protocol that determines the most deserving artists. 

By leveraging the platform’s decentralized community voting, voter data insights, and a robust rewards system to incentivize participation in the curation process, DCP provides financing and industry resources to assist budding talent in realizing their films and launching their careers. 





About SXSW: SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.