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 13 March 2020 till 22 March 2020
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: 22 August 2019
Official Deadline: 19 September 2019
Late Deadline: 17 October 2019
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);
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)
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.