SXSW Announces SXSW Online

Article Contributed by South by Southwest | Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals has announced that they will be launching SXSW Online as part of their 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 - March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 - March 20, 2021.

Entries for the 2021 digital experience will open on Tuesday, October 6 with PanelPicker® proposals for SXSW and SXSW EDU, as well as Film Festival submissions. In lieu of the standard showcase application process, the Music Festival will be curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a 2021 physical event. SXSW will provide updates as more information becomes available.

SXSW Online 2021 Important Dates:

SXSW and SXSW EDU PanelPicker® Entries: October 6 - October 16, 2020
SXSW Film Festival Submissions: October 6 - October 28, 2020
Press Accreditation Open: November 10, 2020 - February 10, 2021
SXSW EDU Online: March 9 - March 11, 2021
SXSW Online: March 16 - March 20, 2021

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, this year’s online event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. For more information, please visit