Deadlines

Submissions Open

09:00AM AEDT Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Submissions Close

11:59PM AEDT Sunday, 14 May 2023

About Screen Festival submissions for SXSW Sydney 2023

SXSW Sydney 2023 will be a game-changer for every filmmaker and screen creative dreaming about the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic or XR project.


With a spotlight on the Asia-Pacific region, but inclusive of all corners of the globe, the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival brings together creative people from different industries to deliver an unparalleled experience — one at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation. The SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival takes place 15-22 October 2023.


SXSW Sydney Screen Festival showcase submissions are open to:

  • Features – Narrative and Documentary (40 mins or above)

  • Episodic / TV

  • Shorts films (less than 40 mins)

  • Music videos (less than 10 mins)

  • XR experiences


What are the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival’s eligibility policies?

To be eligible for inclusion in SXSW Sydney’s 2023 Screen Festival, your project must have been completed in 2021, 2022, or be on track for completion in early 2023. See below for premiere status requirements.


The final deadline to make your submission is Sunday 14 May 2023 at 11:59PM AEDT. Learn more about eligibility and important deadlines below.

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Important information:

Within 24 hours of submitting a SXSW Sydney Screen Festival submission, you will receive a confirmation email from SXSW Sydney saying that we have received it. If you do not receive this notification within 24 hours, please follow up by by emailing screenfest@sxswsydney.com to ensure your submission has been received and is under consideration.

SXSW Sydney will review your submission and you will be notified of your invitation status on or before 1 Sept 2023.

If you still have any questions regarding the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival, please email us at screenfest@sxswsydney.com, check the offical SXSW Sydney website and subscribe to our newsletters for the latest updates.

“SXSW thrives on connection and discovery, and we’re creating SXSW Sydney in that spirit. We’ll connect the industry as we showcase the edgiest in screen business, break the next big things, celebrate the bold and provide a place of genuine inspiration. SXSW Sydney will put Australia and Asia’s screen industry on high beam.”Ghita Loebenstein, SXSW Sydney Head of Screen

SXSW SYDNEY 2023 SCREEN FESTIVAL SUBMISSION FAQs

How can I submit my film or project for consideration for SXSW Sydney 2023? What are the runtimes for all submission categories? What are the submission deadlines for the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival? What is the SXSW Sydney eligibility criteria regarding premiere status? Who should be the Primary Contact on my submission? What are the submission fees for the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival? Do you waive submission fees for student filmmakers and/or artists? What are SXSW Sydney's policies regarding refunds, badges, and the terms and conditions? Should I send stills with my entry? When will I hear from SXSW Sydney after I make my submission? What is the difference between a SXSW Sydney Screen Festival "submission" and a SXSW Sydney Screen "badge"? If my Feature, Episodic or Music Video is accepted, what format will I have to provide for theatrical exhibition? If my XR experience is accepted, what format will I have to provide for theatrical exhibition and where will it be exhibited? If my project is accepted for the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival, will SXSW Sydney pay for my accommodation and/or travel? If my project is not selected for the SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival, should I still come to SXSW Sydney? If my submission is successful will I receive any compensation from SXSW Sydney? What access does a Filmmaker accreditation provide? I've made my SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival submission. How do I reserve accommodation for my team/crew/me in case it’s selected?