Film Festival XR Exhibition $75

March 16-20, 2021
Austin, TX

An attendee experiences Gloomy Eyes, EP1, The Encounter, winner of the Virtual Cinema Best Storytelling award. Photo by Ann Alva Wieding.

Do you want to showcase your immersive project at SXSW 2021? If so, you are in the right place. 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.

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 that all XR projects submit a link to a 360 version of your project, or a 2D playthrough, at the time of submission. You may also include a link to a downloadable build of your project. If you change this link or any of your login information prior to March 2021 without contacting SXSW, your project may become ineligible for consideration.

  • Your submission link must be to a secure, 360 online version of your project or 2D playthrough via an external site (e.g. your own website, YouTube 360, 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 film has been submitted correctly. 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, 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 notified of their final status no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2021.