SHORTS: What are the SXSW premiere and eligibility policies for short films?

These are the Shorts eligibility requirements for SXSW:

Eligible: If your short film HAS NOT screened in Austin, Texas, you are eligible to submit to SXSW. To be eligible for SXSW 2019 your project must have been completed in 2017, 2018 or be on track for completion in early 2019.

Ineligible: If your short film has been publicly screened or will be publicly screened in Austin, Texas at another event or festival (i.e Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, etc) before SXSW 2019. 

These are the premiere status definitions recognized by SXSW:

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

North American Premiere: Your short 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 short 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 short film may have screened publicly at any festival outside of Austin, been made available to a general public audience theatrically, broadcast on television or online.

While it is a factor in our final decision-making, we don't place tough restrictions on the premiere status of shorts. In 2018 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 you'd like to submit your Short Film to SXSW, click here.

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