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South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival

Austin, United States, March 15 to 22, 2020

Call For entries

(Features, shorts, TV or Web Episodic, VR/AR, all genres)

The SXSW 2020 Film Festival is currently accepting entries.

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

  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes



The festival accepts submissions of features and shorts of all genres: narratives, documentaries, experimental and animations.

  • Features must not have been available online or broadcast;
  • Open to works (features, shorts and episodic) completed in 2018 or 2019.


South by Southwest (SXSW) has three industry events (film, music, and tech) converging in Austin during 10 days, mirroring the ever-increasing convergence of entertainment/media outlets.

The SXSW Film Conference portion has been described as a five-day crash course on guerrilla filmmaking and marketing for every level of filmmakers from novice to veterans.

Narrative and documentary features are programmed in COMPETITION, or in non-competitive sections, such as SPOTLIGHT, VISIONS and MIDNIGHTERS. In addition to feature films, shorts, and VR/AR/MR projects, SXSW now programs Episodic Premieres of TV, Web or streaming serials slated for release as well as an Episodic Pilot Competition.

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

For a 3rd consecutive year, there will be a Canada House, located in the heart of the festival, where a variety of different activities are programmed every day highlighting excellence in film, television, gaming, music, and tech.


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.


Promotion and Communications
Telefilm Canada, Montréal
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