I know I'm going to attend SXSW regardless of whether my film is accepted or not. Should I register for the conference now while it's cheaper, or wait until I hear whether my film has been chosen?

If your work is selected to screen at SXSW Film, you will receive complimentary registrations to attend the festival. Feature films receive 6 badges & short films, music videos, title sequences and virtual reality projects receive 3 badges. You're welcome to buy as many more as you need. Please email filmfest@sxsw.com to inquire about purchasing additional badges.

If you've submitted but would like to go ahead and purchase your badge prior to notification about your project, email filmfest@sxsw.com. However, it's important to note that registrations are needed before you can submit your hotel request. If your work isn't chosen, you'll be able to choose from all hotels available at that time. Historically all hotels in the downtown area have sold out well before the event. Registering for SXSW gives you the ability to request a room through the SXSW Housing Desk at special SXSW discount rates.

Film notifications will take place on a rolling basis between early October 2017 and early February 2018. All applicants will be informed of their status no later than Friday, February 9, 2018. There are a number of blocks of Filmmaker rooms in all downtown hotels, but it's first come, first served. Hotels booked via SXSW Housing can be cancelled up to 21 days prior to arrival without penalty. SXSW does not grant registration refunds under any circumstances. You should weigh your choice carefully, whether to register sooner for more hotel choice or take your chances and wait.

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