South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, Austin
Managing Director: Mr. Roland Swenson Senior Director: Mr. Nick Barbaro Senior Director: Mr. Louis Black
Program Director/Contact for German Entries
Ms. Janet Pierson Mr. Jim Kolmar
Year of Foundation 1994
Event Date from 08 March 2019 till 17 March 2019
in Austin, TX, United States
Sections Headliners; Spotlight Premieres; Documentary and Narrative Feature Competition; Emerging Visions; Lone Star States; 24 Beats per Second; SX Global; Festival Favorites; Midnighters; SX Fantastic; Special Events;
Terms of Entry Narrative and feature length film: over 60 min. Shorts: max. 40 min.
Films must have been completed in 2017/2018.
Priority is given to international and world premieres, but not exclusively. Secure URL links only for all films
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format 35 mm, DCP
Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 23 August 2018
Official Deadline: 20 September 2018
Late Deadline: 18 October 2018
Fees Official Deadline: $ 55 (shorts), $ 80 (features); Late 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);
Animated Shorts Competition
OBON by Andre Hörmann, Samo (Anna Bergmann)
SUNSET OVER MULHOLLAND DRIVE by Uli Gaulke (achtung panda! Media, Fruitmarket Arts & Media, Storming Donkey Productions)
AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
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.