If your film is accepted to the festival, you will receive a number of complimentary badges based on the length of your film (check out the difference between shorts/music videos and features here). You will also receive access to the filmmaker hotel block of rooms, which are sold on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The SXSW discounted rate can only be booked via the SXSW Housing Department.
If your film is not accepted to the festival, you will be eligible to purchase a Film badge for the lowest discounted price. At the time you are notified of your submission status you will receive information on how to register at the discounted rate.
Keep in mind you will NOT be able to book a hotel room through the SXSW Housing and Registration discounted rates until you have purchased a badge. Downtown hotel rooms sell out very quickly and we highly encourage you to register early for the best hotel rooms options and availability, especially if you are planning to come to SXSW no matter what!
Unfortunately, if you buy a badge and your film is subsequently accepted, we can’t offer you a refund, so please look carefully at our refund policies before making a purchase.