presented by: EdChoice


SXSW EDU celebrates the power of film to explore critical topics and issues impacting education with screenings and Q&A discussions.


Photo by Hans Watson.

Photo by Hans Watson.

About the Film Program


The SXSW EDU Film program highlights poignant narratives and documentaries focusing on all aspects of education. With films tackling social impacts on domestic and international learning, peering into classrooms, and exploring the journey to becoming an educator, the film program presents an entertaining and compelling addition to SXSW EDU. Many screenings conclude with a Q&A featuring the filmmakers, film subjects or experts on the topic at hand, providing attendees an opportunity to connect with the film on a personal level.

For frequently asked questions and answers, check out the Film FAQ.

How to Apply

Over the years, filmmakers, producers, and community members have submitted many great films for consideration to screen at the March event.

Monday, July 1 – Submission Form Opens
Tuesday, December 3 – Submission Form Closes

Submit a Film Application

Complete an Application

Infographic for application steps.

  • Before beginning the application, explore the film history page to get a sense of the films we have accepted and screened in the past.
  • Submit an application online with needed information through this link. There is no fee associated with the film application.
  • Please note there will be a section for speakers listed. This section is to note potential speakers to lead the optional 15-minute Q&A immediately following the screening of your film.
  • Review your application and save any pertinent information one last time before you hit submit! After submitting your application you will not be able to edit the information.
  • SXSW EDU accepts films on a rolling basis. We will notify all applicants of their status by late December 2019. If you have any questions in the meantime regarding your status or the application process feel free to reach out to

Submit a Film Application

Please note that SXSW EDU Film is a programming component of SXSW EDU. It is distinct from and should not be confused with the SXSW Film Festival.


Film History

Learn more about the history of the SXSW EDU Film program and browse a complete list of films that have screened at the event over the years.

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