What is the difference between World, North American, and U.S. Premiere Status?

These are the premiere status definitions recognized by SXSW:

World Premiere: Your film has never screened publicly at any festival, in theaters, broadcast on television or online.

North American Premiere: Your film may have screened internationally, but has never been shown in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, in theaters, broadcast on television or online.

U.S. Premiere: Your film may have screened internationally but has never been shown in the U.S., in theaters, broadcast on television or online.

Not a Premiere: Your film may have screened publicly at any festival outside of Austin, but has never been made available to a general public audience theatrically, broadcast on television or online.

More information on premiere status and eligibility for specific categories here:

FEATURES: What is the SXSW premiere & eligibility policy for feature films?

SHORTS: What is the SXSW premiere and eligibility policy for short films?

MUSIC VIDEOS: What is the SXSW premiere and eligibility policy for music videos?

EPISODICS: What is the SXSW premiere and eligibility for web series, independent pilots, series work for tv or streaming?

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