SXSW 2019 Interactive Innovation Awards, Pitch and Film Submission Updates

SXSW 2019 has had some new updates over the last couple weeks for SXSW Pitch, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, and Film Festival submission or deadlines. Below is the newest from SXSW for 2019.

SXSW 2019 Pitch:

Startups can still apply for the opportunity to compete in front of a live audience, panel of expert judges, venture capitalists, and high-profile media at SXSW 2019 from March 9-10. This is also during the Interactive portion of SXSW 2019.

Early entry applications are open till Thursday, October 4 ($100 fee). The final deadline period ($220 fee) is October 5 through November 15th at 11:59pm PT. For more information or to apply please click here.

SXSW 2019 Interactive Innovation Awards

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates tech developments and digital projects launched or completely redesigned in the 2018 calendar year. Open to any project, product, creative endeavor, scientific discovery, or student project related to the 13 award categories, the Interactive Innovation Awards recognizes the most innovative tech developments in the connected world.

This year SXSW has added the Robotics and Hardware, Social & Culture Impact, and Speculative Design categories to the Interactive Innovation Awards. Explore the full list of categories for 2019 ranging from Style & Wearable Tech to AI & Machine Learning. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, October 4th so you much act fast to apply. For more information or apply please click here.

SXSW 2019 Film Deadlines and Film Fest Badge Information:

AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 14: Brett Haley and Nick Offerman attend the “Hearts Beat Loud” Premiere 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

There is still time to submit your film for SXSW 2019, below are the deadlines

  • October 18, 2018: Late Entry Deadline for Feature Films, Short Films, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short Films, Title Sequences, Episodics, and Music Videos
  • December 13, 2018: Final Deadline for Texas High School Short Films and Title Sequences

To apply please visit: If you have any questions about the film festival or submitting your film please email

A SXSW Film Badge gets you primary access to all SXSW Film events including Film Keynotes and Featured Sessions, world premieres, roundtables, workshops, parties, and more. Over the course of nine days the SXSW Film Festival hosts over 450 screenings! Film registrants also have primary access to Convergence events including the Comedy Festival and nine unique conference tracks, as well as secondary access to most Interactive and Music events.

Registration and Housing

Registration and Housing are open for the 2019 SXSW season! Buy your badges now before prices go up on October 26 here:

Keep checking back on our site for the latest updates for SXSW 2019. For more information about SXSW 2019 click here. See you all at SXSW 2019!


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