Film Submission Tips: Premiere Status

If you are looking to submit your film to the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, make sure your film meets our premiere status requirements!

SXSW Film understands that many of the films submitted to our festival are being entered to other festivals around the world. However, it is very important to keep us posted if your premiere status will change from what was listed on your application.

  • Our 2017 lineup included 85 World Premieres, 11 North American premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres from a submission pool of 2,432 feature films.

  • Films that play in our Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition categories consist solely of world premieres. This is a case where the premiere status of your film is key.

  • While the premiere status is a factor in our final decision-making, we don’t place tough restrictions for our shorts program.

  • The SXSW Film Festival plays a number of shorts that have appeared on the internet or played at other festivals. If SXSW Film really connects to and loves a short and has received minimal attention, we will try to share it with our enthusiastic audience.

  • For Episodics, your series content cannot be available online, have already had its broadcast premiere, or be available in any other form. Remember, your content must include a pilot or first episode.

  • If you get invited to another festival and want to know where your film stands here at SXSW, you can email filmfest@sxsw.com after October 20. We may not be able to give you an answer, but we’ll do our best!

Submit Your Film Here

To learn more about submitting to SXSW, watch our How To Submit Your Film video and check out our Film Submission FAQ.

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Screening from 2018 SXSW Film Festival – Photo by Anthony Mireles

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