August 1, 2018

Guide to Submitting a Virtual Cinema Project

Virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality technologies are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The projects presented at the Virtual Cinema emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

The SXSW Film Early Submission Deadline is on August 23. Before you submit to the SXSW Film Festival, be sure to take a look at our guidelines below to ensure your Virtual Cinema project is eligible for SXSW and check out the Film Submissions page for deadlines and fees.

Virtual Cinema Submission Guidelines

  • SXSW requires that all VR/MR/AR projects submit a link to a 360 version of your project, or a 2D playthrough, at the time of submission.

  • You may also include a link to a downloadable build of your project.

  • If you change your submission’s link or any of your login information prior to March 2019 without contacting SXSW, your project may become ineligible for consideration.

  • If your project HAS NOT screened in Austin, Texas you are eligible to submit to SXSW. For more information about premiere status and eligibility click here.

  • Your project must have been completed in 2017, 2018 or be on track for completion in early 2019.

  • For specific questions about submitting to Virtual Cinema, look no further than our Film Submissions FAQ. Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to email

  • Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from SXSW within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email ( to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

  • All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than Friday, February 8, 2019.

Submit Your Virtual Cinema Project

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Virtual Cinema – Photo by Steven Snow

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