SXSW Film Festival

The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Screening at SXSW Film 2015. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

The 2016 Film Festival will host nine days of screenings from March 11 – 19, 2016 and attract more than 70,000 international fans, filmmakers, press and industry leaders. Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience.

Feature film, short film, and music videos submissions for SXSW 2016 are now closed. Sometimes we do grant film submission deadline extensions – please email for more information. Submissions for Texas High School Shorts and Title Sequences will remain open until Friday, December 18.

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How To Attend Film Screenings

Over the course of nine days, SXSW screens most films in the program more than one time, allowing ample viewing opportunities. For more information on attending festival screenings, visit each of the links below.

Badges: Film, Gold and Platinum badges have access to all film screenings. Music and Interactive badges have limited access, as outlined earlier on the page. Additionally, Film Wristbands are available to Austinites and will enter screenings after badges. If there are still seats available, single admissions tickets are sold for $10, fifteen minutes before showtime.

Venues: The majority of Film Venues are located in downtown Austin and accessible by foot and SXSW Festival Shuttles. Check back this spring for 2016 venues.

Line Procedures: The basic line procedure for all SXSW Film screenings is simple and the same at each theater. For more popular screenings, we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early.

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images