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South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

Austin, United States, March 16 to 20, 2021

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;
  • Open to works (features, shorts and episodic) completed in 2019, 2020 or early 2021.
  • Features must NOT have been acquired and released via any public online distribution platform (streaming, VOD, SVOD, etc.) outside of a limited-time virtual festival event before SXSW

For more information please consult the festival regulations.



In March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film Festival to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high calibre and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with the SXSW Conference and Music Festival, Film Festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

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.


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
1 800 567-0890