I want to take photographs or record video at SXSW — what do I need to know?

Professional photographers and videographers should visit the Photo and Video Policies page for specific information.

For other attendees, personal digital cameras (excluding SLR/DSLRs) are allowed at SXSW and SXSW EDU events for capture of content for personal, non-commercial (non-sponsored and non-monetized) use, subject to the limitations below.

Attendees may take photos and shoot video from their seats, as long as they are not standing in the press area, obstructing views, using any sort of device like a tripod or selfie-stick, or using a flash after the session begins. Live streaming of any kind is not permitted.

Attendees are not permitted to take photos or shoot video where it is unsafe or disruptive such as in doorways, fire exits, expo floor aisles, hallways, sidewalks, etc. Not complying with a request to move or stop capturing content could result in your removal.

We encourage attendees to use the SXSW backdrops and props placed around our venues for personal photo opportunities.

No professional camera equipment will be allowed in SXSW Music Festival showcases (including the Outdoor Stage), Film Festival Screenings, official SXSW competitions and events, or Comedy Festival showcases without prior consent from the SXSW PR Department.

Visit the Photo and Video Policies page for more information.

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