A feature is defined as any film with a runtime over 40 minutes.
As an Oscar qualifying festival for Animated, Narrative and Documentary Short Films, SXSW follows the same guidelines as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They define a short film as any film that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits. The majority of the shorts we screen are programmed into 90-minute blocks meaning that screen time is limited. Keep in mind that the tighter your short is, the easier it is to fit into a program, and that the longer it is, the more outstanding and unique it has to be.
There are no time restrictions on Episodic submissions.
Music Videos submissions must be UNDER 10 minutes in length.
The recommended playing time for Virtual Cinema submissions (VR/MR/AR Interactive Projects or VR/MR/AR Games) is UNDER 40 minutes in length.
Texas High School submissions must be UNDER 5 minutes in length.
Title Sequence submissions must be UNDER 10 minutes in length.