Important Dates & Deadlines

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

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

August 11

SXSW Art Program Applications Early Entry Deadline

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

August 25

Film Submissions Open Early Entry Deadline

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.

September 8

First Registration Rate Deadline

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18.

Purchase your registration and book your hotel today! Registration rates increase after Friday, September 8 at 11:59pm PT.

September 8

Showcasing Artist Applications Early Entry Deadline

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

September 22

Interactive Innovation Awards Applications Early Entry Deadline

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

October 13

David Carr Prize Application Deadline

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

October 20

Second Registration Rate Deadline

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18.

Purchase your registration and book your hotel today! Registration rates increase after Friday, October 20 at 11:59pm PT.

November 10

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Applications Deadline

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

November 17

Third Registration Rate Deadline

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18.

Purchase your registration and book your hotel today! Registration rates increase after Friday, November 17 at 11:59pm PT.

January 12

Fourth Registration Rate Deadline

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18.

Purchase your registration and book your hotel today! Registration rates increase after Friday, January 12 at 11:59pm PT.

January 19

SXSW Release It Applications Deadline

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

February 9

Final Registration Rate Deadline

Join us for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18.

Purchase your registration and book your hotel today! Registration rates increase to the onsite walk-up rate after Friday, February 9 at 11:59pm PT.

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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