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Film Festival Title Design Competition $20

March 13-22, 2020
Austin, TX

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Photo by Christy Pohler.

Want to participate in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival? If you’ve got a title sequence to submit, you’re in the right place.

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 2018 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 2020 without contacting SXSW, your title sequence 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 2020

For more information, see below in the Project URL 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:

  • Early Deadline: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Official Deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Late Deadline: Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Final Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019

*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.

Title Sequences invited to the festival will only be screened on DCP.