SHORTS: What is the SXSW premiere policy for short films?
posted this on July 12, 2013 12:39
While it is a factor in our final decision-making, we don't place tough restrictions on the premiere status of shorts. In 2014 over a third of our short films were world premieres, but we played a number of shorts that had appeared on the Internet and played at other festivals outside of Austin, Texas. If we really connect to and love a short film and it hasn't received a huge amount of attention we will try to share it with our audience.
If your film has screened in a theatrical setting to a general-public audience in Austin, including other film festivals (i.e Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, etc), it is NOT eligible.