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South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019 Film Festival

Austin, United States, March 8 to 16, 2019

Call For entries

(Features, shorts, all genres)

The SXSW 2019 Film Festival is currently accepting entries.

Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival.

  • Submission format: Secure URL link
  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes


Films will be screened in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Experimental Short, Music Video and VR.

  • Competition is open to works completed in 2017, 2018 and early 2019;
  • Works in competition must not have been shown previously in Austin (Texas);
  • The maximum running time for short films presented is 40 minutes;
  • SXSW Film does not accept trailers or works in progress. Rough-cuts are accepted but works must be finished at least two weeks before the festival begins.

For more information please consult the film submission FAQs.

 Since 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) has produced the internationally recognized Music and Media Conference & Festival. As the entertainment business adjusted to issues of future growth and development, in 1994, SXSW added conferences and festivals for the film industry (SXSW Film) as well as for the blossoming interactive media (SXSW Interactive Festival). Now three industry events converge in Austin during 10 days, mirroring the ever-increasing convergence of entertainment/media outlets.

The SXSW Film Conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a five-day crash course on guerrilla filmmaking and marketing for every level of filmmaker from novice to veteran. Panels, workshops and interviews are always peopled with knowledgeable experts and entertaining speakers offering unique access to the industry. Specialized sessions such as hands on workshops, mini-meetings and one-on-one meetings in the Mentor Program distinguish the SXSW experience.

SXSW is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film competition. The Best Animated Short Film, Best Narrative Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.

Telefilm Canada recognizes selection in the South by Southwest Film Festival as part of its Success Index and provides assistance through the International Festival Participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
514 283-6363