Film Submissions

Premiere your film in front of press, film industry leaders, and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals. Submit your film to the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Film Submissions

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SXSW 2017 Film Submissions


Submissions are closed for SXSW 2017.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the SXSW Film Festival. Please email to inquire about the possibility of an extension.

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their film, in front of press, film industry leaders, and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals. This entirely unique audience gives the SXSW Film Festival a distinct identity that sets it apart from other film festivals.

Stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest Film Festival announcements and browse the full online Schedule.

2017 Application Fees & Submission Deadlines


Submissions are closed for SXSW 2017.

To submit your film to SXSW, review the submission deadlines below and read in-depth information in our Film Submission FAQ and watch the How To Submit Your Film video at the bottom of the page.

Please note, for 2017 all films must be submitted by a secure URL link. If you have any further questions after reading the Film Submission FAQ, or are interested in submitting a VR project, please email

Early Deadline
Aug 25
Official Deadline
Sept 22
Late Deadline
Oct 20
Virtual Cinema Deadline
Nov 17
Texas High School/Title Sequence Deadline
Dec 16
Feature Film $60 $80 $110 N/A N/A
Short Film $40 $55 $75 N/A N/A
Music Video $45 $55 $75 N/A N/A
Virtual Cinema $25 $25 $40 $60 N/A
Texas High School Short $10 $10 $10 $10 $10
Title Sequence $15 $15 $20 $20 $20

2017 Submission Tips

Feature & Short Film Eligibility
Submitting to Other Festivals and Premiere Status
Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality Project Submissions
Early Deadline is August 25
Submitting a Work-In-Progress Cut
Screening Sections and Awards
Official Deadline is September 22
Exhibiting Episodics
Film Submission Extensions
Late Deadline is October 20

Hotel Information

If your film is selected for screening at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, you have access to a limited number of downtown rooms that are protected for finalists with SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXsocial account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

Watch the "How to Submit Your Film" Video

This video will give you an overview of the film submission process.


Film Submissions FAQ

Learn more about submitting your film to SXSW Film 2017.

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