Taking place halfway through our 9-day film festival, the SXSW Film Awards honor the superlative creativity and talent demonstrated by filmmakers and designers in the SXSW program. The 2016 ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at the Paramount Theatre and cover only juried competition awards. Audience Awards are always revealed later in the week on sxsw.com and social media channels.
While the SXSW Film Awards are always a highlight, we will continue to screen world premieres and more films in the days following the ceremony.
SXSW is also proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition as well as a BAFTA-recognized festival for the purposes of eligibility for the Short Film category at the EE British Academy Film Awards. See more information on Oscars & BAFTA eligibility.
Feature film, short film, and music videos submissions for SXSW 2016 are now closed. Sometimes we do grant film submission deadline extensions – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Submissions for Texas High School Shorts and Title Sequences will remain open until Friday, December 18.
Feature films screening in the Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature categories are eligible for Jury Awards.
Short films screening in the Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Midnight Shorts, Music Videos, Narrative Shorts, Texas Shorts and Texas High School Shorts categories are eligible for Jury Awards.
View the SXSW 2015 Jurors.
In addition to Jury Awards, all feature films (with the exception of films in the Special Events category) are eligible for Audience Awards by category. 2016 Audience Award winners will be announced on sxsw.com on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Special Awards include the Louis Black “Lone Star Award”, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship and the SXSW Gamechanger Award which honors an outstanding woman director.
Each year SXSW Film celebrates the collaboration between filmmakers and designers through the SXSW Film Design Awards, which consists of the Excellence in Poster Design Award and Excellence in Title Design Award.
2015 Film Awards
The 2015 SXSW Film Awards took place on Tuesday, March 17 at the Paramount Theatre and was hosted by Vanessa Bayer of SNL. All 2015 Award Winners were announced at the ceremony, excluding the Audience Awards which were announced on Saturday, March 21.
A special thank you for SXSW 2015 Film Awards graciously donated by: AudioBlocks, Audio-Technica, Bat City Awards, Blackmagic Design, The Criterion Collection, Digital Bolex, Gamechanger Films, GraphicStock, Hive Lighting, iZZi Gadgets, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, Mild2Wild Leather, olloclip, Panavision, Pond5, Technicolor, VideoBlocks and Wernham Entertainment.
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