South By Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now open for business. Conference registrations, hotel requests, Film Festival submissions, Interactive Awards and SXSW Accelerator applications and Music Festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music, SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive take place Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Conferences and Festivals offer a plethora of daytime events for anyone interested in Music, Film or Interactive technologies. Registration for the SXSW Conferences and Festivals allows access to daytime events including keynote addresses, panels, one-on-one interviews, workshops, mentor sessions, meet ups, the SXSW Trade Show, Music Gear Expo, SXSW Gaming Expo, official SXSW parties, and CLE programs. Music and Platinum registrants also gain priority access into all SXSW nighttime showcases; Platinum, Gold and Film registrants gain priority access to Film screenings; Platinum, Gold and Interactive registrants gain access to Startup Village and the SXSW Accelerator competition. Convergent conference programming emphasizing the intersection of the Film and Interactive worlds is accessible to all Platinum, Gold, Film and Interactive registrants from Friday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 11. Additionally, SXSW offers a track of Platinum convergent panel topics on Tuesday, March 11 highlighting the increasing connection between original music, emerging technologies and independent film which is open to all conference badges. Registration also allows access to SXsocial, a great tool to aid in planning SXSW meetings and networking throughout the year.

SXSW Film (March 7 – 15, 2014) is now accepting submissions from filmmakers for the opportunity to screen their films at this renowned destination for discovery. Submissions are only accepted online via the official SXSW website at http://sxsw.com/film and in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Music Video, Title Sequence and Texas High School Short. Submission fees are at their lowest if films are received by the early deadline of Thursday, October 3, and are still discounted if they are received by the next deadline of Thursday, October 31. The drop dead deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2013. Please keep in mind; these deadlines are on a RECEIVED BY basis, (NOT based on a postmark date). Complete rules and regulations, as well as additional information on the submission process can be found in the Submission FAQ, at http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/faq. SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.

SXSW Interactive (March 7 – 11, 2014) is accepting applications for SXSW Accelerator, our marquee startup pitch competition in Startup Village [http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/about]. Startups that launched within the last year are encouraged to submit via our online application. Over $587 million in funding has been awarded to past Accelerator finalists and winners. Past participants include: Siri, Foodspotting, Gamesalad, Spredfast, Roqbots, Hipmunk, Tango, Wildfire and more. Please visit http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator for more information. SXSW Interactive is also now accepting applications for the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, which celebrates the best digital work — from mobile and tablet apps — to websites and installations. Please see http://sxsw.com/interactive/awards for more information on categories and application information.

SXSW Music (March 11 – 16, 2014) continues to accept showcase applications for acts to perform at the world famous SXSW Music Festival. Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the 25,000 industry representatives including over 3,000 media representatives and the thousands of fans in attendance. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development including music legends as well as artists wanting to gain career changing exposure and publicity from the amazing mix of influential and international participants that attend every year. To apply, please go to http://www.sxsw.com/music/shows/apply. All applications must be submitted no later than October 11, 2013. Application fees are $33 for early submissions, $45 for applications submitted after September 6, 2013.

The 2014 PanelPicker voting for proposals on behalf of all three events begins Monday, August 19 and runs through Friday, September 6. The online two-step process allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming and shaping the look and feel of the 2014 event. Also very important is the input of the SXSW Advisory Board, which is comprised of more than 100 new media industry experts from across the United States and around the world. To learn more about PanelPicker, visit: [http://www.panelpicker.sxsw.com].

SXSW Conferences and Festivals are sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T, The Austin Chronicle and Sonicbids.

About SXSW Conferences & Festivals

The South by Southwest® (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.