Important Dates & Deadlines

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

June 26

David Carr Prize Applications Open

Longtime New York Times writer David Carr spoke on numerous panels at SXSW throughout his career. After his passing in 2015, the David Carr Prize was launched to spotlight the intersection of technology and journalism. All emerging (and established) writers, bloggers, and journalists are invited each year to honor David Carr by entering an essay or short story in this competition.

Entry Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017

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 Entires 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

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Applications Open

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event showcases the most ambitious startup talents from around the world with the most creative, new ideas to change it. Startups, companies, and tech innovators alike can enter their product or service for the chance to pitch to a live audience and panel of expert judges in March.

Entry Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017

June 26

SXSW Art Program Applications Open

From established artists to emerging talents, the SXSW Art Program aims to assemble a diverse group of creatives to lend their unique contributions to Austin’s thriving art scene with permanent and temporary installations. Gain international exposure and connect with leaders in the fields of music, film, and technology by showcasing your innovative project in March.

Early Entry Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017

June 26

SXSW Community Service Awards Applications Open

The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Each spring, five individuals and five organizations are recognized for their community service. Each honoree or organization will receive complimentary badges to SXSW, a $5,000 grant, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.

Entry Deadline: Friday, July 28

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

July 11

SXSW Community Meet Up: Austin, TX

Have a drink on us, network, and learn about the ways you can get involved at SXSW 2018.

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July 12

SXSW Community Meet Up: Houston, TX

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July 17

SXSW Community Meet Up: San Antonio, TX

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July 18

SXSW Community Meet Up: Dallas, TX

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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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August 1

SXSW Release It Applications Open

Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or service during this SXSW season will present to a panel of industry experts and a winner will be chosen based on which product or service is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.

Entry Deadline: Friday, January 19

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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