Title Design Competition: Guide to 2019 SXSW Film Festival Submissions

The Title Design Competition is inspired by an essential part of the theatrical experience and are works of art in their own right. As part of the SXSW Film Awards, the Excellence in Title Design Competition aims to discover the best in contemporary title sequence design.

If you are interested in submitting a title design to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, we are less than a month away from the Official Submission Deadline on September 20. Before you submit, be sure to take a look at our guidelines below to ensure your title design is eligible for SXSW and check out the Film Submissions page for deadlines and fees.

Title Design Competition Guidelines

  • Eligibility for the Title Design Competition is open to any Film, Television, Conference Title, Student Project Title, or Video Game title sequence.

  • The title sequence can stand alone, and does not have to be related to a feature or short film submitted to the film festival.

  • All title design submissions must be less than 10 minutes in length.

  • SXSW does NOT place any restrictions on the premiere status of title design entries.

  • Your title design must have been completed in 2017, 2018 or be on track for completion in early 2019.

  • All title design projects must be submitted via a secure URL link. Please note, if you change this link or any of your login information prior to March 2019 without contacting SXSW your submission may become ineligible for consideration.

  • For specific questions about submitting your title design project, look no further than our Film Submissions FAQ. Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to email filmfest@sxsw.com.

  • Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from SXSW within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your music video has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email (filmfest@sxsw.com) to ensure your project has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

  • All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than Friday, February 8, 2019.

Submit Your Title Design

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