SXSW : South by Southwest Film Festival

SXSW : South by Southwest Film Festival

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a collection of music (SXSW Music), film (SXSW Film) and interactive media (SXSW Interactive) festivals held annually since 1987 in March in Austin (Texas, USA), primarily at the Austin Convention Center. The three parties are relatively independent and can therefore start or end on different dates.
South by Southwest, also referred to by the acronym SXSW, has contributed to the influence of Austin’s music scene. It is one of the largest musical gatherings in the United States, with over 2,000 artists performing at over 90 venues around downtown Austin. SXSW is the most important event for Austin’s economy, with an estimated economic impact of at least $110 million in 2008
The music festival was founded in 1987.

In 1994, interactive films and lectures were added to the festival. SXSW Film has become one of the first film festivals in the world. Similarly, SXSW Interactive has acquired a strong popularity among web creators and entrepreneurs. SXSW Interactive’s presentation of innovative technologies has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for innovative technologies and creative ideas. Twitter was widely used at the 2007 SXSW Interactive.

Location Austin, Texas
United States
Date of creation 1987

The musical event went from 700 registrants in 1987 to nearly 12,000 registrants. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive attract around 11,000 people to Austin each year.

SXSW also offers free music samples of the festival’s artists. The number of songs went from 775 MP3 songs in 2005 to 1,267 in 2009
SXSW Music
SXSW Interactive

Parallel festivals:

Awards Awarded
SXSW Film:

Film Awards:
Grand Jury Winner
Special Jury Recognition
Special Jury Recognition
SXSW Film Design Awards:
Excellence in Title Design
Excellence in Poster Design
SXSW Special Awards:
SXSW gamechanger Award
Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Audience Awards
SXSW Interactive:

SXSW Interactive Awards
Interactive Scholarship
Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards
SXSW Gaming Awards
SXSW Accelerator
SXSW Hall of Fame
Best of Show
People’s Choice Award


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