SXSW 2021

Stay informed on upcoming important dates and deadlines for the SXSW Conference & Festivals.

All SXSW deadlines end at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Important Dates
& Deadlines

October 6, 2020

Film Festival Submissions Open

SXSW Film Festival provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic or XR project.

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October 6, 2020

PanelPicker® Proposals 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 sessions are programmed at SXSW.

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March 16, 2021

SXSW Online: March 16-20

SXSW is launching SXSW Online as part of our 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

Entries for the 2021 digital experience will open on Tuesday, October 6 with PanelPicker proposals for SXSW and SXSW EDU, as well as Film Festival submissions. In lieu of the standard showcase application process, the Music Festival will be curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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