"Flamin' Hot" World Premiere - SXSW 2023 - Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for SXSW

Film & TV Festival

March 8-16, 2024

For its 31st edition, the SXSW Film & TV Festival will host nine days of screenings from March 8 - 16, 2024. The festival is known for launching a high caliber and diverse program of film, TV and XR projects, and serving as a global gathering for smart, enthusiastic, influential audiences that drive conversation for months to come.

Now accepting 2024 Film & TV submissions through October 3, 2023.

About Film & TV Festival


For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film & TV Festival program. Running concurrently with the SXSW Conference, Music, and Comedy Festivals, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a wide array of industry experts, making the Film & TV Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

Competition Awards

The SXSW Film & TV Festival Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Design Awards, and Special Awards are announced each season during the Film & TV Awards ceremony along with all the Short Film Program winners, which are eligible for Jury Awards within their respective screening categories.

See You in 2024

SXSW brings together international Film & TV students, industry leaders, and fans to Austin, TX each year. Join us from March 8-16 for one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Discover more about SXSW registration and housing to ensure your festival accommodations are all set.

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2024 Film & TV Submissions

Premiere your feature film, short, TV or XR project in front of press, industry, and enthusiastic audiences at SXSW 2024 from March 8-16 in Austin, TX. From risk-taking documentaries to innovative narratives and prestige TV series to provocative after-dark features, there's a screening category for every project.

  • First Deadline: August 29
  • Second Deadline: September 19
  • Final Deadline: October 3
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    Film & TV Festival Screenings


    Feature Film Screening Sections

    Narrative Feature Competition: World premieres with unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.

    Documentary Feature Competition: World premieres with real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.

    Headliner: Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

    Narrative Spotlight: High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

    Documentary Spotlight: Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

    Visions: Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

    Midnighter: Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

    24 Beats Per Second: Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

    Global: A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites, and more.

    Festival Favorite: Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

    Special Event: Live soundtracks, cult re-issues, and much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected, and unique one-off film events.

    TV Screening Sections

    TV Premiere: Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release and accompanied by show-runners, directors, and cast members.

    Independent TV Pilot Competition: A pilot showcase introducing fresh work from bright new talent, many with an eye towards finding production, completion funds, or a release platform.

    TV Spotlight: Presenting world premieres of new seasons of prestige series or studio backed projects seeking distribution.

    Short Film Screening Sections

    Narrative Short Competition: A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

    Documentary Short Competition: Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

    Animated Short Competition: An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.

    Midnight Short Competition: Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

    Music Video Competition: A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

    Texas Short Competition: An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

    XR Experience Screening Sections

    XR Experience Competition, XR Experience Spotlight, and XR Experience Special Event:
    The immersive arts 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 in our XR Experience emphasize ingenuity, storytelling, and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

    SXSW 2023 Red Carpets

    The 2023 Film & TV Festival red carpet hosted legendary and rising talent from across the industry for nine days of screenings and Q&As.

    Premieres included Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Swarm, Tetris, John Wick: Chapter 4, and more.

    Watch Highlights

    Den of Geek

    Be they fans or filmmakers, actors or music artists, or even just folks walking down the street, the thrill and good vibes were everywhere. SXSW is back where it once belonged.

    Den of Geek

    Nuhas Humayun

    From the moment we received the official SXSW invite - this has been life-changing. Couldn't have imagined a better world premiere.

    Nuhas Humayun
    Director / Moshari

    David Siev

    I cannot thank the SXSW programming team enough for believing in Bad Axe and for the great honor of premiering at SXSW. It was such a special experience for my family and I as our expectations exceeded everything we could have hoped for. Thank you for all you do for independent filmmakers - will forever be proud to be a SXSW alum!

    David Siev
    Director / Bad Axe

    Greta Gerwig

    I would not have a career in film without SXSW. What SXSW gave me, as a young actor/writer/director/producer, was a sense of belonging and a place to be heard. That is more valuable than anything else for a young artist, the knowledge that you are not doing it alone.

    Greta Gerwig
    Filmmaker / The Dish & The Spoon, Baghead, Nights and Weekends, and more

    Stella Meghie

    SXSW changed my life by giving me a platform to premiere my feature debut Jean of the Joneses. I love SXSW because they love true independent cinema!

    Stella Meghie
    Director / Jean of the Joneses

    Karyn Kusama

    SXSW gave us one of the most fulfilling and thrilling moments of our film lives in front of the perfect audience. SXSW means discovery, it means surprise, and it means a jolt of energy, which was there in abundance for us. We carried that energy with us for the life of the movie. SXSW is where it's at.

    Karyn Kusama
    Director / The Invitation

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