Film Submissions

Premiere your film in front of press, film industry, and film lovers at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival from March 13–21.

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World Premiere of Run This Town - Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW

World Premiere of Run This Town - Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW

SXSW 2020 Film Submissions


Submissions for Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, and VR/AR/MR projects are now closed.

If you are in need of an extension, please fill out this form.

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic or VR/AR/MR project. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your work in front of press, industry, and our smart, enthusiastic audiences. We’re the only place in the world bringing together creative people from so many different industries, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

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2020 Application Fees & Deadlines

Early Deadline
Aug 22
Official Deadline
Sept 19
Late Deadline
Oct 17
Texas High School / Title Sequence Final Deadline
Dec 12
Feature Film $60 $80 $110 N/A
Short Film $40 $55 $75 N/A
Episodic $60 $80 $110 N/A
Music Video $40 $55 $75 N/A
VR/AR/MR $40 $55 $75 N/A
Texas High School Short $10 $10 $10 $10
Title Sequence $15 $15 $20 $20

Film Festival Screening Sections


Feature Film Screening Sections

Narrative Feature Competition
Ten world premieres, ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.

Documentary Feature Competition
Ten world premieres, ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.

Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major & rising names in cinema.

Narrative Spotlight
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

Documentary Spotlight
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

24 Beats Per Second
Showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.

Festival Favorites
Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

Special Events
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected & unique one-off film events.

Episodic Screening Sections

Episodic Premieres
Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release and accompanied by show-runners, directors and cast members featuring extended Q&As.

Episodic Pilot Competition
A pilot showcase introducing fresh work from bright new talent, many with an eye towards finding production, completion funds, or a release platform.

Short Film Screening Sections

Narrative Shorts
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

Documentary Shorts
Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

Animated Shorts
An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.

Midnight Shorts
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

Music Videos
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

Texas Shorts
An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

Texas High School Shorts
A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.

Title Design Competition
Inspired by an essential part of the theatrical experience, these are works of art in their own right.

VR/AR/MR Screening Sections

Virtual Cinema
The immersive arts are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The projects presented in our Virtual Cinema emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

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