Important Dates & Deadlines

Stay informed on upcoming important dates and deadlines for the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals.

Browse deadlines for the many prestigious SXSW participation categories and more below.

Make plans to join the world’s brightest creators March 13-22 in Austin, TX.

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


August 22, 2019

Film Festival Submissions Early Deadline

Early Deadline for Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences.

Learn more about submitting to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and view all deadline periods here.

August 23, 2019

PanelPicker® Community Voting Closes

During SXSW PanelPicker® Community Voting from August 5-23, browse ideas and vote to help shape the 2020 Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU.

September 6, 2019

Community Service Awards Deadline

The SXSW Community Service Awards honor six individuals and six organizations for their dedication to fostering positive community impact. Each honoree receives a grant, complimentary entry to SXSW, and recognition at an awards ceremony during the SXSW event.

Learn more about grants for individuals and organizations and explore 2019 honorees.

September 6, 2019

Interactive Innovation Awards Early Deadline

For details and more info about the Interactive Innovation Awards categories, eligibility and Finalist Showcase, please visit the Interactive Innovation Awards page.

Final Deadline: November 15, 2019

September 6, 2019

SXSW Pitch Early Deadline

Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch alumni gaining millions in funding along the way with a combined total of over $6.6 billion.

Pitch your innovative startup at the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formally SXSW Accelerator) in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. Learn about eligibility and 2020 categories.

Final Deadline: November 15, 2019

September 13, 2019

Music Festival Showcasing Artist Applications Early Deadline

Apply for the opportunity to perform at the 2020 SXSW Music Festival, March 16-22, and gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media and new fans. Learn More »

Final Deadline: October 25, 2019

September 19, 2019

Film Festival Submissions Official Deadline

Official Deadline for Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences.

Learn more about submitting to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and view all deadline periods here.

September 20, 2019

Art Program Early Deadline

The SXSW Art Program showcases experiential and conceptual visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, and connection. The SXSW Art Program is an open call to studios, designers, collectives, and individual artists. Learn More »

Final Deadline: October 11, 2019

September 27, 2019

SXSW 2020 Registration Rate Deadline

Make plans to join the world’s brightest creators March 13-22 at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, TX.

Experience 10 days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across interactive, film, and music industries.

Learn more about SXSW Badge types, primary and secondary access, and other attendee resources here.

October 11, 2019

Art Program Final Deadline

The SXSW Art Program showcases experiential and conceptual visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, and connection. The SXSW Art Program is an open call to studios, designers, collectives, and individual artists. Learn More »

October 17, 2019

Film Festival Submissions Late Deadline

Late Deadline for Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences.

Learn more about submitting to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and view all deadline periods here.

October 25, 2019

Music Festival Showcasing Artist Applications Final Deadline

Apply for the opportunity to perform at the 2020 SXSW Music Festival, March 16-22, and gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media and new fans.

November 15, 2019

Interactive Innovation Awards Final Deadline

For details and more info about the Interactive Innovation Awards categories, eligibility and Finalist Showcase, please visit the Interactive Innovation Awards page.

November 15, 2019

SXSW Pitch Final Deadline

Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch alumni gaining millions in funding along the way with a combined total of over $6.6 billion.

Pitch your innovative startup at the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formally SXSW Accelerator) in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. Learn about eligibility and 2020 categories.

November 22, 2019

Place By Design Deadline

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us. Learn More »

December 6, 2019

David Carr Prize Essay Deadline

David Carr was a journalist, author, and longtime speaker at SXSW before his passing in 2015. All high school, undergraduate, and graduate students (PhD & Masters included) are invited to honor David Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture by entering an essay or short story following a prompt. Learn More »

December 12, 2019

Film Festival Submissions Final Deadline

Final Deadline for Texas High School Shorts and Title Sequences.

Learn more about submitting to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and view all deadline periods here.

March 13, 2020

SXSW 2020: March 13-22

Make plans to join the world’s brightest creators in 2020!

2020 SXSW registration opens on August 1, 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

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