Today South By Southwest (SXSW) announced that starting June 26th SXSW 2018 season is launching with the opening of PanelPicker, Film Festival Submissions, Music Festival Showcase Applications, and several of our awards including the SXSW Community Service Awards, Interactive Innovation Awards, Accelerator Pitch Event, and the David Carr Prize.
Meet Ups for SXSW 2018 have already begun around Austin starting with the PanelPicker Meet Up earlier this week I attended. I suggest checking with Eventbrite, DO512 and MeetUp for SXSW meetings throughout the year as there will be a lot more as March of 2018 approaches.
Below is a list with details on each session, submission and competition guidelines, deadlines and links for each one.
PanelPicker is the official SXSW user-generated session submission platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what creative and thought-provoking programming is scheduled at the SXSW Conference, SXSWedu, and SXSW Gaming. Upload proposals workshops, and more to help shape the 2018 SXSW programming. Entry Deadline: Friday, July 21, 2017
The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences. Film submission categories include Feature Films, Short Film, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short Films, Title Sequences, and Music Videos. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017.
SXSW Showcasing Artists benefit from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year. Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of the many venues located in famous downtown Austin for industry reps, media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017
The Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate and honor the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Innovators from across the digital industry have the opportunity to enter their exciting, new work in this competition – open to all projects, products, and developments launched or made in calendar year of 2017. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017
The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event showcases the most ambitious startup talents from around the world with the most creative, new ideas to change it. Startups, companies, and tech innovators alike can enter their product or service for the chance to pitch to a live audience and panel of expert judges in March. Entry Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017
Longtime New York Times writer David Carr spoke on numerous panels at SXSW throughout his career. After his passing in 2015, the David Carr Prize was launched to spotlight the intersection of technology and journalism. All emerging (and established) writers, bloggers, and journalists are invited each year to honor David Carr by entering an essay or short story in this competition. Entry Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017
From established artists to emerging talents, the SXSW Art Program aims to assemble a diverse group of creatives to lend their unique contributions to Austin’s thriving art scene with permanent and temporary installations. Gain international exposure and connect with leaders in the fields of music, film, and technology by showcasing your innovative project in March. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017