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South by Southwest (SXSW) 2023 Film Festival

Austin, United States, March 10 to 19, 2023

Call for Entries

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

The SXSW 2023 Film Festival is currently accepting entries.

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

Competitive: Yes

Entry fees: Yes (40 – 110$ USD)


Consult the festival website for eligibility.


For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film Festival program. Running concurrently with the SXSW Conference, Music and Comedy Festivals, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a wide array of industry experts, making the Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic, or XR project.

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.

In 2022, Slash/Back from first time filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk had its world premiere at SXSW alongside several other Canadian features, shorts and XR projects.

Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of features, shorts and XR projects in this festival for application to the International Festival Participation Program.

Promotion and Communications 
Telefilm Canada, Montreal 
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