Film Festival Short Application $75

March 9-17, 2018
Austin, TX

Film Festival Short submissions for SXSW Film 2018 are now CLOSED.

DO NOT COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION UNLESS YOU HAVE A COUPON TO DO SO. Feature film, short film, and music video submissions for 2018 are now closed. We do grant film submission deadline extensions – please request one using our Extension Request Form.


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photo by Cal Holman & Tyler Draker

Want to participate in the 2018 SXSW Film Festival? If you’ve got a narrative, documentary, or animated short film to submit, you’re in the right place.

You are filling out a SHORT application for a film UNDER 40 minutes in length.

Please take a moment to watch the How to Submit Your Film Video and read the Film Submissions FAQ for answers to common application questions.

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

WE WILL ONLY SCREEN THE FIRST CUT SUBMITTED.

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 2018 WITHOUT CONTACTING SXSW YOUR FILM MAY BECOME INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

  • Your link must be to a secure, online version of your film via an external site (i.e. your own website, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Your link must be working BEFORE you complete your submission application
  • Your link must be available through March 2018

SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition. The winners of our Narrative, Documentary, and Animated Short Film categories become eligible for the Academy Awards.

Within 48 hours of submitting you will receive a confirmation email from SXSW. THAT CONFIRMATION EMAIL WILL CONFIRM YOUR FILM HAS BEEN SUBMITTED PROPERLY. If you do not receive this letter within 48 hours, you should follow up by email to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

To keep important SXSW emails from landing in your spam folder it’s a good idea to add the following address to your contact list: filmfest@sxsw.com.

All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.


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