2024 SXSW Applications Now Open

by paradoxig

Something bright is peeking over the SXSW horizon, ready to shine a creative light on what’s next – and that includes you! Applications for SXSW 2024 are now open…
Deep in the heart of SXSW, the creative pulse from our community keeps us going long after the March event ends. Across the globe, the conversations continue, the music plays on, the films roll, the tech advances, and y’all keep on creating, problem-solving, inventing, and sharing stories that connect us. (Can we get a “yee-haw” for that?)

It’s time to once again assemble for another historic event packed with discovery (and tacos). We are calling on YOU – the industry pioneers, artists, innovators, storytellers, and doers – to showcase your amazing projects and ideas at SXSW 2024 from March 8-16 in Austin, TX.

A new season kicks off with multiple ways to participate at the 2024 SXSW Conference & Festivals including SXSW PanelPicker® session proposals, Music Festival Showcasing Artists, and two tech-centered competitions, SXSW Pitch and Innovation Awards.

This is your chance to be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world. Take a further look at these participation categories below and stay tuned for more information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and tips.

Film & TV Festival submissions are set to open on August 1, 2023 along with SXSW 2024 registration and housing. Keep your eyes on SXSW News and subscribe to our newsletters for the latest 2024 SXSW event updates.

Music Festival

About Music Festival: Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of Austin’s famous live music venues for 30,000 industry reps, 3,000 media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world.

2024 Applications
Apply for the opportunity to perform at the SXSW Music Festival, taking place from March 11–16 2024. As a Showcasing Artist, you’ll gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media, and new fans. Learn more about the application process including deadlines, eligibility, FAQs, and more before you enter your application./
-Music Showcase applications are open to:
-All music genres
-Artists from around the world
-Signed and unsigned artists
More info about application

Music Festival Deadlines:
Early Entry Deadline: Friday, August 25
Final Deadline: Friday October 27

All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT.

SXSW Pitch

ABOUT: SXSW Pitch returns for its sixteenth year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem’s most exciting, innovative, and cutting-edge technology!
The event provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas across eight categories to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the investment community. We invite you to join us for this incredible pitch event as we highlight startup technologies’ most impressive innovations from March 9-10, 2024 at the SXSW 2024 Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.
Apply to SXSW Pitch 2024
Don’t miss your opportunity to pitch your startup live at SXSW! 2024 applications are now open through November 12, 2023. Learn more about important application deadlines, eligibility criteria and more. 2024 Categories include Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Media & Content; Extended Reality and Web3; Future of Work; Food, Nutrition, & Health; Innovative World Technologies; and Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability.
More info about application:

SXSW Pitch Deadlines:
Early Entry Deadline: Sunday, September 10
Final Deadline: Sunday, November 12
All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT.

Innovation Awards

The SXSW Innovation Awards recognize the most exciting creative developments in the connected world, celebrating a variety of technological advancements, achievements, and discoveries.
SXSW Innovation Awards 2024 applications are now open through November 12, 2023. Learn more about important application information including deadlines, eligibility criteria, and more.

Explore the 2024 Categories where five finalists from each category will be chosen to exhibit their projects at the seventh annual Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase during SXSW 2024. Finalist Judges will determine the winner in each category and the Best of Show. SXSW audiences attending the Finalist Showcase will also vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice award. Participation in the Finalist Showcase is required for consideration in all award categories.

Artificial Intelligence/ Audio Experience/ Climate Change/Community Empowerment /Interface Design/ Health & Biotech/Product Design/Social Media/Student Innovation/ Urban Design/WTF
Winners will be announced and presented their awards at the 26th annual SXSW Innovation Awards Ceremony on the evening of Monday, March 11 at the Austin Convention Center.
MOre info about application

Innovation Awards Deadlines:
Early Entry Deadline: Sunday, September 10
Final Deadline: Sunday, November 12
All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT.

Submission open August 1 , 2023.
Submission close October 3, 2023.

For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed 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 Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.
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.

2024 Submissions
Premiere your film, TV or XR project in front of press, industry and enthusiastic audiences at the SXSW Film & TV Festival. Submissions for 2024 open on August 1, 2023.


Save the Date

Get ready to get involved and join us at SXSW 2024! Register to attend and book your hotel beginning on August 1, 2023. Stay tuned for more information on SXSW Badges, housing, and additional application categories.

While you await the 2024 SXSW season launch, relive exciting 2023 Keynotes, Featured Sessions, Film & TV Festival red carpets, Music Festival showcases, and more on our official YouTube Channel.

Journey further back through SXSW Iconic Moments to watch even more exclusive content from the SX archives.

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Teaser Photos (top-bottom): SXSW Arrow – Photo by Ann Alva Wieding; 2023 SXSW Panel – Photo by Jakayla M. Canaday; 2023 Showcasing Artist, Dream Wife – Photo by Nick Piacente; 2023 SXSW Pitch – Photo by Sabrina Macias; and 2023 SXSW Innovation Awards Winners – Photo by Andy Wenstrand.

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