Every March, our acclaimed Film Program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press and industry leaders to Austin, TX to immerse in some of the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films around.
FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.
Documentary Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major & rising names in cinema.
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.
Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond.
24 Beats Per Second
Showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.
A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.
Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected & unique one-off film events.
SHORT FILM CATEGORIES
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.
Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.
An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.
An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.
Texas High School Shorts
A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.
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