July 1, 2019

Apply to Participate at SXSW 2020: Artists, Filmmakers, Startups & More

Do you have 2020 vision? SXSW 2020, that is. Each March in Austin, diverse groups of creatives across interactive, film, and music industries converge at the SXSW Conference & Festivals. Journey into Austin’s own world’s fair of the future – the premier destination for global thought leaders working on new ideas to cultivate creativity and build a better future during 10 days of collaboration. To make that happen, we need YOU!

Calling all creatives – applications are now open for SXSW 2020. Premiere your buzz-worthy film, perform on stage in front of a global audience, present your game-changing tech startup or bring your art to the walls of Austin. Whatever your creative goal may be, take the opportunity to be a part of the inventive SXSW community from March 13-22, 2020.

Learn how to participate in one of the many prestigious SXSW categories below and take note of important deadlines (11:59pm Pacific Time). Browse the full list of participation categories with even more opportunities to get involved coming later in the season including the SXSW Hackathon, SXSW Release It, and SXSW Songs.

Stay tuned to SXSW News and sign up for Event Updates to keep up with all things SXSW. Mark your calendars for August 1, 2019 when SXSW 2020 registration and housing opens.

2020 Open Applications


PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are programmed at the SXSW Conference across 20 Tracks. Learn More »

  • Final Entry Deadline: July 19, 2019
  • Community Voting: August 5-23, 2019

Enter Your Proposal

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 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

Submit Your Film

Music Festival Showcasing Artist Applications

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

Apply to Showcase

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

Apply Now

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

Apply Now

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

Apply Now

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.

  • Deadline: September 6, 2019

Apply Now

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

Apply Now

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

Apply Now

Get Ready for SXSW 2020

Beginning August 1, 2019, register and book your hotel for SXSW 2020 from March 13-22 in Austin, TX.

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