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

These are the Episodic eligibility requirements for SXSW:

Eligible: If your Episodic project 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 Episodic project 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 Episodic project has never screened publicly at any festival, in theaters, broadcast on television or online.

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

Not a Premiere: Your Episodic project 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 an Episodic project. If we really connect to and love an Episodic project and it hasn't received a huge amount of attention, we will try to share it with our audience.

If you have any questions and/or can't figure out where your project might fit please email us at filmfest@sxsw.com.

If you'd like to submit your Episodic work to SXSW, click here.

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