Years running: 28 (since 1994)

South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

International film festival in Austin.


South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.


  • Jury Awards (Documentary Feature and Short/Narrative Feature and Short);
  • Audience Awards (Documentary Feature and Short/Narrative Feature and Short/Emerging Visions/Spotlight Premiere);
  • SXSW Film Design Awards (Excellence in Poster Design/Excellence in Title Design).


  • Films must have been completed in the year prior to the festival;
  • Priority is given to new work and world premieres, but not exclusively.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form;
  • Pay registration fees;
  • All films must be submitted through a secure URL link.

Additional Information

The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Selection Media Type: online

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Managing Director: Mr. Roland Swenson
  • Senior Director: Mr. Nick Barbaro
  • Senior Director: Mr. Louis Black
  • Program Director: Ms. Janet Pierson Mr. Jim Kolmar



United States

Official Website



South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival
P.O. Box 4999
78765 Austin, TX

Phone: +1-512-467-7979


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Early Deadline
    October 14, 2020
  • Official Deadline
    October 28, 2020
  • Event Dates
    16 — 20 March 2021
Categories & Fees

a pilot or first season content (including the pilot)

  • Early Deadline — $55
  • Official Deadline — $75
  • Early Deadline — $55
  • Official Deadline — $75

Fiction film that has a running time of 40 minutes or less.

  • Early Deadline — $55
  • Official Deadline — $75

Fiction film with a runtime over 40 minutes.

  • Early Deadline — $80
  • Official Deadline — $110
  • Early Deadline — $15
  • Official Deadline — $20
  • Early Deadline — $15
  • Official Deadline — $20
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