PanelPicker: Tapping into the Wisdom of the SXSW Community

2017 PanelPicker Opens Tuesday, June 28

Submit to PanelPicker Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 22, 2016. Stay tuned for more SXSW 2017 details and dates.

PanelPicker gives the SXSW community a voice in what sessions are scheduled for SXSW Film Conference.

PanelPicker® is an easy online process that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are scheduled at the SXSW Film Festival. First launched in 2007, the PanelPicker allows the community to submit, review, comment and vote on the speaking proposals that they want to see become a part of the event.

The Application Process

During the open application process, we encourage the community to upload proposals for panels, solo presentations, workshops, etc. The application process is simple: visit, select SXSW Film Conference, read the PanelPicker FAQ and fill out the form. All ideas received will be posted online for the community to vote on which proposals they think are the best fit for the March event.

Past PanelPicker Tips

The Voting Process

During the voting process, we ask the SXSW community to weigh in on the proposals we have received for the upcoming season. Go to the PanelPicker, create an account and get ready to vote for the proposals that you want to see at SXSW. Each voter can vote once per proposal. Don't forget to leave a constructive comment about what you do or do not like about the proposals you vote on.

The Decision Process

While voting from the community is important, these totals are not the only factor in deciding SXSW programming. Also playing a large role in the decision-making process is the SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff. As illustrated by the graph at the top, each of these three channels informs a percentage in determining the content lineup.

The Competition

As the community continues to grow, in both size and significance, competition for panel slots at SXSW 2017 is going to be tough. However, whatever the outcome, SXSW will be the place to be in March, providing unparalleled access to the expertise of the innovators, creatives and forward-thinkers that makes SXSW such a powerful, influential event.