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South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, Austin

South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival
P.O. Box 4999
78765 Austin, TX
phone +1-512-467-7979
email: film@sxsw.com

Managing Director: Mr. Roland Swenson Senior Director: Mr. Nick Barbaro Senior Director: Mr. Louis Black

Program Director/Contact for German Entries
Ms. Janet Pierson

Year of Foundation 1994

Event Date from 16 March 2021 till 20 March 2021


in Austin, TX, United States

Sections Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats per Second, Global, Festival Favorite, Special Events, Episodic Premieres, Episodic Pilot Competition, Short Film Competition, XR Projects

Terms of Entry Feature length film: over 40 min. Shorts: max. 40 min.
Films must have been completed in 2019/2020
Priority is given to international and world premieres, but not exclusively. Secure URL links only for all films. Open for feature films, shorts, episodic content, XR projects

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 14 October 2020
Official Deadline: 28 October 2020

Fees Early Deadline: $ 55 (shorts), $ 80 (features); Official Deadline: $ 75 (shorts), $ 110 (features)

Attendance Figures 75,000

Participants of the Film Industry Approx. 1500 participants, representing distributors, producers, filmmakers, actors, buyers, TV commissioners, festival programmers and other key industry representatives

Prizes/Awards Jury Awards (Documentary Feature and Short/Narrative Feature and Short); Audience Awards (Documentary Feature and Short/Narrative Feature and Short/Emerging Visions/Spotlight Premiere); SXSW Film Design Awards (Excellence in Poster Design/Excellence in Title Design)

German Films


Narrative Spotlight
ONE OF THESE DAYS by Bastian Günther (DE/US, Flare Film)
Narrative Shorts Competition
SUMMER HIT by Berthold Wahjudi (Gute Zeit Film)
Animated Shorts Competition
GRAVEDAD by Matisse Gonzalez (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Virtual Reality
CORPUS MISTY by Aubrey Heichemer
PAGAN PEAK VR by Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker (Another World VR)

Number of Films Shown 130 features, consisting of 84 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 5 US premieres, 128 short films (in 2017)

Media Coverage Approx. 3500. Major publications and outlets represented, including local, national and international newspapers, magazines, TV, Radio and web. Particularly strong blogger presence, and significant critics in attendance. Rapidly growing International attention with crossover into Music and Interactive conferences.

Specific Characteristics The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Evaluation The SXSW Film Festival know how to use its big advantage of being placed inbetween a new media event and a music festival. Concentrating on films for a wider, young audience which is also interested on music and new media, the festivals offers a focussed selection of films which are presented to an enthusiast, large public. U.S. press and buyers regularly attend the festival.

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