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SXSW Film Festival 2021: Call for Applications

Olivier Assayas and Richard Linklater, SXSW 2018 | Copyright: © Copyright 2018. Jim Chapin / Jim Chapin Photography

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic or XR project. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your work in front of press, industry, and Festival audiences.

SXSW 2021 Event Information

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 Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021.

Film Submission

Submit your application between October 6 and 28, 2020. Check out the SXSW 2021 Film Submission page and take a look at the Film Submission FAQs

Film Festival Screening Sections

The 2020 Screening sections are as follows (subject to change as the 2021 program is being built):

Feature Film Screening Sections
Narrative Feature Competition | Documentary Feature Competition | Headliners | Narrative Spotlight | Documentary Spotlight | Visions | Midnighters | 24 Beats Per Second | Global | Festival Favorites | Special Events

Episodic Screening Sections
Episodic Premieres | Episodic Pilot Competition

Short Film Screening Sections
Narrative Shorts | Documentary Shorts | Animated Shorts | Midnight Shorts | Music Videos | Texas Shorts | Texas High School Shorts | Title Design Competition

XR Screening Sections
Virtual Cinema

For more information: SXSW 2021 Film Submission page