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

Photo by Steve Rogers.

Photo by Steve Rogers.

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, providing attendees an opportunity to connect with the film on a personal level.

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.

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How to Apply


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

Important Dates

Monday, June 25:
Submission Form Opens
Tuesday, December 4:
Submission Form Closes

Application Instructions

The process to submit a film for consideration is simple. Follow the instructions below to apply.

STEP 1 Research

Before beginning the application, explore the film history page to get a sense of the films we have accepted and screened in the past.

STEP 2 Online Application

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.

Start Application

edu-2019-checklist-graphicSTEP 3 Review

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.

STEP 4 Submit

SXSW EDU accepts films on a rolling basis. We will notify all applicants of their status by late December 2018. If you have any questions in the meantime regarding your status or the application process feel free to reach out to

More on Film

Screen a Film

Screen a narrative or documentary film exploring critical topics facing education at SXSW EDU 2019. Apply for consideration June 25 – December 4, 2018.

Submit Film

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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