Film Submission Tips: Submitting Works-In-Progress

Written by Blake Kammerdiener | August 21, 2014

Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesAt SXSW Film we're regularly asked, "What if my film won't be completed with a final cut in time for your final submission deadline?"

The answer is: Not a problem - we accept work-in-progress cuts!

During the submission process, SXSW programmers regularly screen work-in-progress cuts that are picture locked and include an opening slate listing what still needs to be completed. It is very common for us to watch films without their final sound mixes, color correction or completed visual effects. However, keep in mind SXSW Programmers will only watch ONE CUT! We recommend that you wait until it's the strongest version within our deadlines.

Will you get special consideration for getting your cut to us early? No, it is highly recommended that you send your most complete and finished version possible as we do not accept updated cuts - SXSW will only preview the first submitted cut.

Please note, we will not exhibit a work-in-progress during the festival except under very rare and special circumstances.

To learn more about submitting to SXSW Film check out our Film Submission FAQ!

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