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SXSW 2011 officially open for submissions

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s appropriate that, as details of a “Kick-Ass” sequel start to hit the wires, we turn our attention to the festival which helped launch Matthew Vaughn’s superhero comedy last spring: South By Southwest (SXSW).

Festival organizers announced today that the 2011 SXSW has begun accepting submissions and registrations for next year’s event. Filmmakers are invited to submit their new features, short films and title sequences to the annual event. The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 11-19, in Austin, Texas.

“Across the board, the films screened at SXSW 2010 were so exciting, innovative, and entertaining, that we can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer. “Look for our complete lineup and conference schedule in early February 2011.”

Submissions may only be entered via the official SXSW website, at http://sxsw.com/film. 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/submission_faq.

Submission deadlines and fees are as follows:

Early Submission Period: Monday, August 2 – Thursday, November 4, 2010
Features – $40
Shorts – $25
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10

Late Submission Period: Friday, November 5 – Thurs, December 2, 2010
Features – $60
Shorts – $40
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10

Last Minute Deadline Period: Friday, December 3 – Thursday, December 9, 2010
Features – $100
Shorts – $50
Title Sequence Design – $15
Texas High School – $10

Alongside our Film Festival, the SXSW Film Conference features over 80 informative and entertaining panels, workshops, mini-meetings and mentor sessions. The program presents topics that cover the film spectrum, with an emphasis on the intersection of the Film and Interactive worlds. 2010 participants include creative leaders and industry experts, as well as talent like Michel Gondry, David Gordon Green, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Rodriguez and Ruben Fleischer.

Once again, the community can help shape the conference programming, by voting and commenting on panels they’d like to see via the PanelPicker™ interface. Voting begins Monday, August 9, and will run through Friday, August 27. To find out more about the SXSW PanelPicker, visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com.

For more information about next year’s film portion, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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