2020 Film Festival Wristbands Are Sold Out

SXSW Film Festival Wristbands for film fans in the greater Austin area are no longer available. For information on Single Admission Tickets, please refer to the Film Line Procedure here.

Film Wristbands have access to the SXSW Comedy Festival from Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

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About SXSW Film Festival


The SXSW Film Festival takes place March 13–21, 2020 in Austin, Texas, and celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Please review Wristband Pickup and the Official Rules below. Download the official mobile app, SXSW GO and begin building your SXSW Schedule.

2020 SXSW Film Festival Wristbands are sold out. For information on Single Admission Tickets refer to Film Line Procedure here.

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How Wristband Sales Work


2020 SXSW Film Festival Wristbands are sold out. For information on Single Admission Tickets refer to Film Line Procedure here.

An individual can buy up to two Film Wristbands and up to two Music Wristbands. Unique emails must be used when purchasing two wristbands of the same type.

The discount wristbands will only be sold over the internet, and will require a valid credit card with an Austin area billing address. Click here for a list of approved zip codes.

There will be no refunds or name transfers after purchase. If you buy more than the two wristbands permitted, you will not be able to assign or sell them to other people. Before purchasing a second wristband make sure the second person you buy a wristband for has not made other arrangements and is definitely able to attend SXSW.

You will be sent a confirmation email which will include instructions for picking up your wristband. You must bring a valid form of photo ID to redeem your wristband. Your wristband will be placed on your wrist at time of pick up.

SXSW badges give priority entry over wristbands. Wristbands cannot guarantee admission to every SXSW event. Event admission is subject to venue capacity and age restrictions in compliance with state and local laws. Review Wristband Rules for further details.

Are you an Austin local? Want the full fan experience for SXSW? Leave the traffic and trouble at home! Buy a wristband to access SXSW conference rates at our top hotels and stay downtown. Book your hotel from the link in your local Film Fest wristband purchase confirmation email.

Download the official mobile app, SXSW GO and begin building your SXSW Schedule.

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Wristband Pickup

  1. Each individual must pick up his or her own wristband and will need to present a drivers license or valid government-issued photo ID to claim his or her SXSW Wristband.

  2. The wristband will be fastened on an individual’s wrist at time of pick up and may not be removed until the festival is over.

  3. An individual may not pick up a wristband for someone else.

Film Wristband Pickup Times

Film Wristbands can be picked up on the following dates and times at the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701) in Exhibit Hall 1:

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 8:00am-11:00pm (Pre-SXSW Badge Pickup)
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 8:00am-11:00pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 8:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 9:00am-9:00pm
Monday, March 16, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday March 18, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00pm
Friday, March 20, 2020 | 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 9:00am-7:00pm

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Official Rules


SXSW Film Festival Wristbands provide entry to all festival screenings and enter after Film badges. Wristbands cannot guarantee entry to every SXSW Film Festival screening as each screening is subject to venue capacity.

This online system is being implemented to ensure that the majority of wristbands sold go to Austin’s film fans (rather than scalpers and resellers), and to save them the inconvenience of getting in line hours before they go on sale to be sure of getting one.

SXSW will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disclose any personal information obtained in the process of placing your order.

Purchase Requirements

  1. You must provide a valid credit card with funds available to purchase the number of wristbands you request (up to two).
  2. The purchaser will provide their name, email, valid credit card number and expiration date, and billing address.The billing zip code must be listed in the approved greater Austin area list.
  3. A second wristband may be purchased by providing a separate name and email address. These wristbands are non-transferable and nonrefundable.
  4. Each named person must personally pick up their wristband (which will be put on their wrist at that time) at the Austin Convention Center.
  5. Each person may buy only one wristband for themselves and one for a friend. Any person who succeeds in purchasing multiple wristbands will be charged, but will not be able to use them for other people other than the one friend named at the time of purchase. Click here for an approved greater Austin area list.


  1. Wristbands guarantee no cover charges. Admission subject to legal capacity. Many venues fill up. Badges get priority entry.
  2. All SXSW Wristbands are non-transferable/non-refundable. No exceptions.
  3. Tampering with the SXSW Wristband will invalidate the wristband. Stretching, tearing, taping or cutting of SXSW wristbands is not permitted. If wristband tampering is evident, the wristband will be voided and the wearer will be refused entry to any/all SXSW venues.
  4. When purchasing 1 or 2 wristbands, the authorized purchaser must be one of the wristband recipients.
  5. DO NOT attempt to buy more than one wristband for yourself and one for a friend. There will be no refunds or reassignments of purchased wristbands.
  6. By purchasing a wristband, you consent to being placed on our SXSW Film email list for news, updates, promotional and other materials from SXSW. You may update or change your email preferences and unsubscribe at the bottom of any email.

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