Jamie Lee Curtis attends

Jamie Lee Curtis attends "Everything Everywhere All At Once" Premiere – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW

Film & TV Festival

March 10-18, 2023

The SXSW Film & TV Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival is known for its high caliber and diverse program of film, TV and XR, as well as its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Film submissions open August 23, 2022.


About Film Festival

 

For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed Film & TV Festival program. Running concurrently with the SXSW Conference, Music and Comedy Festivals, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a wide array of industry experts, making the Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation. Join us March 10-18, 2023 in Austin, Texas for the 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival.

Film Submissions Open August 23

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic, or XR project. Submissions for the 2023 event open Tuesday, August 23 through Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

2022 Highlights

The 2022 festival opened with the World Premiere of Everything Everywhere All At Once directed by Daniels and closed with the Atlanta Season 3 Premiere directed by Hiro Murai. Check out 2022 highlights from the lineup to the SXSW Film Awards including 2022 Jury Awards and Audience Awards Winners. Explore our YouTube Channel for more event recaps including Red Carpet coverage and screening Q&As. Keep up with monthly Film Alumni Releases in our weekly series.

See You at SXSW 2023

Join us for SXSW 2023 from March 10-19. Register now and stay tuned for announcements throughout the season. Subscribe to Event Updates and the Film & TV Community Newsletter to stay in the SX know.

2023 Film Submissions

Premiere your film, episodic or XR project in front of press, industry, and film and television lovers at the SXSW Film & TV Festival.

Submissions Open: August 23
First Deadline: September 13
Second Deadline: October 4
Final Deadline: October 18
Texas High School Deadline: December 13

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Mama Bears Q&A – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Kaitlyn Kilpatrick

Mama Bears Q&A – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Kaitlyn Kilpatrick

SXSW 2022 Red Carpets

Step onto the red carpet at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival for the World Premiere of Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and more.

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Den of Geek

Be they fans or filmmakers, actors or music artists, or even just folks walking down the street, the thrill and good vibes were everywhere. SXSW is back where it once belonged.

Den of Geek

Nuhas Humayun

From the moment we received the official SXSW invite - this has been life-changing. Couldn't have imagined a better world premiere.

Nuhas Humayun
Director / Moshari

David Siev

I cannot thank the SXSW programming team enough for believing in Bad Axe and for the great honor of premiering at SXSW. It was such a special experience for my family and I as our expectations exceeded everything we could have hoped for. Thank you for all you do for independent filmmakers - will forever be proud to be a SXSW alum!

David Siev
Director / Bad Axe

Greta Gerwig

I would not have a career in film without SXSW. What SXSW gave me, as a young actor/writer/director/producer, was a sense of belonging and a place to be heard. That is more valuable than anything else for a young artist, the knowledge that you are not doing it alone.

Greta Gerwig
Filmmaker / The Dish & The Spoon, Baghead, Nights and Weekends, and more

Stella Meghie

SXSW changed my life by giving me a platform to premiere my feature debut Jean of the Joneses. I love SXSW because they love true independent cinema!

Stella Meghie
Director / Jean of the Joneses

Karyn Kusama

SXSW gave us one of the most fulfilling and thrilling moments of our film lives in front of the perfect audience. SXSW means discovery, it means surprise, and it means a jolt of energy, which was there in abundance for us. We carried that energy with us for the life of the movie. SXSW is where it's at.

Karyn Kusama
Director / The Invitation


Film & TV Festival Screenings

 

Feature Film Screening Sections

Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres, ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.

Documentary Feature Competition Ten world premieres, ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.

Headliners Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major & rising names in cinema.

Narrative Spotlight High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

Documentary Spotlight Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

Visions Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Midnighters Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

24 Beats Per Second Showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

Global A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.

Festival Favorites Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

Special Events Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected & unique one-off film events.

Episodic Screening Sections

Episodic Premieres Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release and accompanied by show-runners, directors and cast members featuring extended Q&As.

Episodic Pilot Competition A pilot showcase introducing fresh work from bright new talent, many with an eye towards finding production, completion funds, or a release platform.

Short Film Screening Sections

Narrative Shorts A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

Documentary Shorts Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

Animated Shorts An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.

Midnight Shorts Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

Music Videos A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

Texas Shorts An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

Texas High School Shorts A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.

XR Experience Screening Sections

XR Experience Competition, XR Experience Spotlight, and XR Experience Special Events
The immersive arts are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The projects presented in our XR Experience emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

“You guys are real, you know. You’re genuine enthusiasts. This festival, South By, is enthusiastic about movies, it’s enthusiastic about music, it’s enthusiastic about gaming, it’s enthusiastic about all the creative arts – and because of this you know I’m going to wear this [award]...and this is going to encourage me to keep trying to surprise you and entertain you and I thank you.”


– Nicolas Cage accepting a "40 Years of Massive Talent Award" in the form of a SXSW Film belt buckle

2022 SXSW Film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (World Premiere) – Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW

Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW

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