Film Festival Texas High School $20

March 16-20, 2021
Austin, TX

Krista Kummerl, Richard Ahn and Kayla Kummerl attend the premiere of their film Pájaro, part of the Texas High School Shorts program. Photo by Errich Petersen.

To support and cultivate the next generation of filmmakers, SXSW Film hosts a special competition for students enrolled in Texas high schools. This application is for SXSW Online, our digital experience. If we are permitted by the relevant health authorities to host a physical event, we will curate that program separately.

All Texas High School Short submissions must be under 5 minutes in length, and created and produced while the filmmaker was enrolled in a Texas high school between January 1 - December 10, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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 film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this letter within 48 hours, you should follow up via email to ensure your film 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: filmfest@sxsw.com.

  • 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 Tuesday, February 16, 2021.