Film Festival Title Design Competition $30

March 16-20, 2021
Austin, TX


Film Festival Title Design Competition submissions for SXSW Film 2021 are now CLOSED. Learn about how to request an extension.



If you’d like to request a submission extension for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, please fill out our Extension Request Form.


James Ramirez accepts the Excellence in Title Design award for Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW.

Want to participate in the 2021 SXSW Film Festival? If you’ve got a title sequence to submit, you’re 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.

All Title Design submissions must be less than 10 minutes in length.

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

As part of the SXSW Film Design Awards, the Title Design Competition aims to discover the best in contemporary title sequence design.

Eligibility for the Title Design Competition is open to any film, television, conference, student project, or video game title sequence completed in 2019 or later. The title sequence can stand alone and does not have to be related to a feature or short film submitted to the festival.

SXSW requires all title sequences 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 title sequence 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

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 informed of the status of their project no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2021.


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