SXSW 2021 Announcements: SXSW Online, Panelpicker® Entry, Film Festival Submission Dates and Music Festival Update

Last year South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals had to cancel the entire events due to the pandemic last minute which lead to several artists and companies scrambling to get their content out. This year SXSW has announced that they will be launching SXSW Online as part of their 2021 offerings.

The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions.

Entries for the 2021 digital experience will open on Tuesday, October 6 with PanelPicker® proposals for SXSW and SXSW EDU, as well as Film Festival submissions.

SXSW Online 2021 Important Dates:

  • SXSW and SXSW EDU PanelPicker® Entries: October 6 – October 16, 2020
  • SXSW Film Festival Submissions: October 6 – October 28, 2020
  • Press Accreditation Open: November 10, 2020 – February 10, 2021
  • SXSW EDU Online: March 9 – March 11, 2021
  • SXSW Online: March 16 – March 20, 2021

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Though Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, the live Music Festival portion is still getting sorted out as Austin is still in “shelter at home” orders till December and music venues or bars have yet to be opened. In lieu of the standard showcase application process, the Music Festival will be curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event.

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SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a 2021 physical event. SXSW will provide updates as more information becomes available.

About SXSW:

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, this year’s online event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities.

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Source: SXSW