Issue date: 
Thursday, 28 January 2016

Held in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. 

What are the different sections?

International sections include:

  • Narrative Feature Competition (ten world premieres, ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling)
  • Documentary Feature Competition (ten world premieres, ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.)
  • Headliners (bringing star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major & rising names in cinema)
  • Narrative Spotlight (high profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.)
  • Documentary Spotlight  (new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.)
  • Visions (avant-garde films)
  • Midnighters (scary, funny, sexy oer controversial)
  • 24 Beats Per Second (showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians)
  • Global (international filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more)
  • Festival Favourites (standouts andselected previous premieres from festivals around the world)
  • Narrative Shorts (original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling)
  • Documentary Shorts (slices of life from across the documentary spectrum)
  • Animate Shorts (stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between)


New Zealand films at SXSW

New Zealand feature films which have screened at SXSW include:

Short films include:

Last updated: 
Friday, 8 December 2023