SXSW 2020 Submission Dates and Deadlines

SXSW 2020 planning season is in full swing even though the festival doesn’t start till March 13th! SXSW Festival happens annual in Austin, Texas and consists of Film, Music, Interactive, Gaming, Art, and SXSW EDU. This year SXSW will take place from March 13th through March 22nd with SXSW EDU running from March 9th through the 12th.

There are several submission dates to keep in mind for the entire festival along with the extension of SXSW PanelPicker. Below are the latest SXSW 2020 submission dates for SXSW Panel Picker, SXSW Film, SXSW Music, SXSW Interactive and SXSW EDU.

SXSW Panel Picker

Upload proposals related to music, film, and digital technologies in a variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, podcasts, and more. The application process is simple: visit 

  • Final Extended Deadline: July 21 at 11:59 pm PT
  • Public Voting Runs: August 5-23

SXSW Film Festival Submissions

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Premiere your feature film, short, episodic, or VR/AR/MR project in front of the press, film industry leaders, and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Submission categories include Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic, Music Video, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short, and Title Sequence. Learn More »

  • Early Deadline: August 22, 2019|Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences
  • Official Deadline: September 19, 2019 | Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences
  • Late Deadline: October 17, 2019 | Features, Shorts, Episodics, Music Videos, VR/AR/MR projects, Texas High School Shorts, and Title Sequences
  • Final Deadline: December 12, 2019 | Texas High School Shorts and Title Sequences

SXSW Music Festival Submission

Apply for the opportunity to perform at the 2020 SXSW Music Festival and gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media, and new fans. Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of the many venues located in famous downtown Austin for thousands of fans, reps, media, and fellow musicians from all over the world. Learn More »

  • Early Deadline: September 13, 2019
  • Final Deadline: October 25, 2019

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards recognize the most exciting creative developments in the connected world, celebrating the ever-widening variety of technological advancements, achievements and discoveries. 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 2019. Learn More »

  • Early Deadline: August 15, 2019
  • Final Deadline: November 14, 2019

SXSW Pitch

Pitch your innovative startup at the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formally SXSW Accelerator) in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. Plus, be a part of product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it. Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch alumni gaining millions in funding along the way with a combined total of over $6.6 billion. Learn More »

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

SXSW Art Program

The SXSW Art Program showcases experiential and conceptual visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, and connection. The SXSW Art Program is an open call to studios, designers, collectives, and individual artists. Learn More »

  • Early Deadline: September 19, 2019
  • Final Deadline: October 10, 2019

Community Service Awards

The SXSW Community Service Awards honor six individuals and six organizations for their dedication to fostering positive community impact. Each honoree receives a grant, complimentary entry to SXSW, and recognition at an awards ceremony during the SXSW event. Learn more about grants for individuals and organizations below and explore 2019 honorees. Learn More>>

  • Deadline: September 6, 2019

David Carr Prize

David Carr was a journalist, author, and longtime speaker at SXSW before his passing in 2015. All high school, undergraduate, and graduate students (PhD & Masters included) are invited to honor David Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture by entering an essay or short story following a prompt. Learn More »

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019

Place By Design

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us. Learn More »

  • Deadline: November 21, 2019

The SXSW 2020 and SXSW EDU registration opens on August 1, 2019, more information can be found on As part of the SXSW community and attending SXSW 2020 for the seventh year in a row we plan to keep you all updated until the big day, March 13th. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year!


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