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Announcing SXSW Online: A Digital Experience from March 16–20, 2021

South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. It has announced late September some new event updates as it aims to deliver SXSW 2021 in a way that brings together its community of creatives and provides a platform for them to further their goals.

Announcing SXSW Online 2021 and the first wave of participation opportunities.

SXSW Online 2021

SXSW is launching SXSW Online as part of its 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

Entries for the 2021 digital experience will open on Tuesday, October 6 with PanelPicker proposals for SXSW and SXSW EDU, as well as Film Festival submissions. In lieu of the standard showcase application process, the Music Festival will be curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021. The Festival will provide updates as more information becomes available. Subscribe to SXSW newsletters for the latest event updates.

PanelPicker® Proposals

PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform for Conference programming. This easy, two-step online process was developed to encourage the SXSW community to enter proposals and have a significant voice in Conference programming. The SXSW community is then able to browse proposals, leave comments, and vote to help shape the programming. Explore the 2021 Themes to get inspired for your session proposal idea.

  • Applications Open: October 6, 2020
  • Official Deadline: October 16, 2020

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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. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the Film Festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences. Screening sections include Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic, Music Video, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short, and Title Sequence.

  • Submissions Open: October 6, 2020
  • Early Deadline: October 14, 2020
  • Official Deadline: October 28, 2020

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