Film Festival Episodic $75

March 16-20, 2021
Austin, TX

Episodic Pilot Special Jury Award Winners Kahlil Maskati (speaking, center) and Andrew Carter (right) during the Episodic Pilot Premiere program Q&A. Photo by Tim Strauss.

Want to participate in the 2021 SXSW Film Festival? If you’ve got a pilot or first season content (including the pilot) to submit, you’re in the right place. This application is for SXSW Online, our digital experience. If permitted by the relevant health authorities to host a physical event, we will curate that program separately.

Please take a moment to read the Film Submissions FAQ for answers to common application questions.

Please only submit your application when you are ready to send your project in the most complete and finished form possible. Please be aware SXSW will not screen multiple updates/versions of your project for programming consideration. We will only screen the first cut submitted. SXSW does not accept trailers or rough assemblies as submissions, but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.)

SXSW requires all episodic projects be submitted via URL link. If you change this link or any of your login information prior to March 2021 without contacting SXSW, your entry may become ineligible for consideration.

  • Your submission link must be to a secure, online version of your pilot and, if applicable, your complete series, via an external site e.g. your own website, Vimeo, etc.
  • Your submission link must be working before you complete your submission application
  • Your submission link must be available through March 2021

For more information, see the Submission Link section of the application.

You will receive a confirmation email from SXSW within 48 hours of your submission. This email will confirm that your project has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this letter within 48 hours, please follow up via email to ensure your project has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

To keep important SXSW emails from landing in your spam folder, add the following address to your contact list:

  • Early Deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Official Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

*All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT

All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than Friday, February 7, 2020.