Apply to Participate at SXSW 2019: Festivals, Awards & More

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Each March in Austin, diverse groups of creatives across interactive, film, and music industries converge at the SXSW Conference & Festivals. Journey into this oasis of fresh ideas to cultivate creativity, untangle problems, propose solutions, and forge lasting connections during 10 days of collaboration with thought leaders working towards a more connected future.

Calling all creatives – applications are now open for the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals. From submitting your buzz-worthy film or performing on stage in front of a global audience to presenting your game-changing tech startup or bringing your art to the walls of Austin – take the opportunity to be a part of this inventive SXSW community from March 8-17, 2019.

Learn how to participate in one of the many prestigious SXSW categories below and stay tuned for complete eligibility requirements per category. More applications will be announced in Fall 2018. Registration and housing are now open for SXSW 2019.

Apply to Participate

Community Service Awards

The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Six individuals and six organizations will receive a grant to an eligible 501(c)(3) or eligible charity of their choice, as well as a complimentary registration to SXSW 2019. Learn more about the two Community Service Awards categories here.

Deadline: July 20, 2018

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Film Submissions

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Premiere your film in front of press, film industry leaders, and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Screening sections include Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic, Music Video, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short, and Title Sequence. Learn More »

Early Deadline: August 23
Official Deadline: September 20
Late Deadline: October 18
Texas High School Shorts / Title Sequences Final Deadline: December 13

See the Film Chart for complete list of fees and deadlines by section.

Submit Your Film

Interactive Innovation Awards

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards prize creative innovation in the connected world, celebrating the ever-widening variety of technology, projects, products, achievements and discoveries. 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 2018. Learn More »

Early Deadline: August 16
Final Deadline: October 4

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Place By Design

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 »

Deadline: November 8, 2018

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Showcasing Artist Applications

Apply for the opportunity to perform at the 2019 SXSW Music Festival, March 11-17, and gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media, and new fans. Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of the many venues located in famous downtown Austin for thousands of fans, reps, media, and fellow musicians from all over the world. Learn More »

Early Deadline: September 13, 2018
Final Deadline: October 25, 2018

Apply to Showcase

SXSW Art Program

The SXSW Art Program showcases experiential and visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, and connection. Official selections of the SXSW Art Program are chosen on the basis of their ability to enhance the landscape of the SXSW and bring inspiration, joy, and discovery to attendees. All visual artists are eligible to enter their artwork to SXSW. Learn More »

Early Deadline: September 20
Final Deadline: October 4

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SXSW Pitch

Pitch your innovative startup at the eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formally SXSW Accelerator) in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. Plus, be a part of product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it. Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch alumni gaining millions in funding along the way with a combined total of over $5.43 billion. Learn More »

Final Deadline: November 15, 2018

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PanelPicker Community Voting

PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated proposal platform developed to encourage the SXSW community to enter session ideas and have a significant voice in daytime Conference programming. The SXSW community is then able to browse proposals, leave comments, and vote to help shape the March event. Stay tuned for Community Voting from August 6-30.

Cast Your Votes

Get Ready for SXSW 2019

Register to attend and book your hotel to begin your SXSW adventure from March 8-17, 2019. Sign up for SXSW Event Updates so you don’t miss a beat, announcement or important deadline.

Curb your anticipation for March 2019 by taking a look back videos from previous Keynotes, film premieres, sessions, and more on the official SXSW YouTube Channel. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and SXSW News for the latest SX coverage.

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