Important Dates & Deadlines

Stay informed on upcoming important dates and deadlines for the 2018 season below.

June 26

Apply Now: SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, SXSW Art Program, and More

Applications open on Monday, June 26 for the following categories: PanelPicker, Film Submissions, Showcase Applications, Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, David Carr Prize, SXSW Community Service Awards, and SXSW Art Program.

Stay tuned for more 2018 application information coming soon for Showcase Applications, SXSW Release It, and Gaming Awards.

June 26

Film Submissions Open

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from 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. Film submission categories include Feature Films, Short Film, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short Films, Title Sequences, and Music Videos.

Early Entry Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017.

June 26

Interactive Innovation Awards Applications Open

The Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate and honor the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Innovators from across the digital industry have the opportunity to enter their exciting, new work in this competition – open to all projects, products, and developments launched or made in calendar year of 2017.

Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017

June 26

PanelPicker Submissions Open

PanelPicker is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what creative and thought-provoking programming is scheduled at the SXSW Conference, SXSWedu, and SXSW Gaming. Upload proposals related to music, film, and digital technologies in variety of formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more to help shape the 2018 SXSW programming.

Entry Deadline: Friday, July 21, 2017

June 26

Showcasing Artist Applications Open

SXSW Showcasing Artists benefit from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year. Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of the many venues located in famous downtown Austin for industry reps, media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world.

Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

August 1

2018 SXSW Registration and Housing Open

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18. Purchase your registration and book your hotel starting Tuesday, August 1.

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March 9

SXSW 2018: March 9-18

10 days of unparalleled discovery, networking, and inspiration kicks off at the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.

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