2019 Film Festival Wristbands Are Closed
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The SXSW Film Festival takes place March 8-16 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.
2019 Film Festival Wristbands are no longer on sale. If you purchased a Film Wristband, please review Wristband Pickup and the Official Rules below. Download the official mobile app, SXSW GO and begin building your SXSW Schedule.
An individual can buy two wristbands – one must be in the name of the credit cardholder and the second must be assigned to an individual named at the time of purchase. When a second wristband is purchased, the additional wristband will display in the “Add Ons Sold” section of the Cart.
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.
Film Wristbands can be picked up on the following dates and times at the Austin Convention Center in Ballroom B (at the corner of Cesar Chavez Street and Red River Street):
Thursday, March 7 | 9am – 11pm
Friday, March 8 | 9am – 11pm
Saturday, March 9 | 9am – 9pm
Sunday, March 10 | 9am – 9pm
Monday, March 11 | 9am – 9pm
Tuesday, March 12 | 9am – 10pm
Wednesday, March 13 | 9am – 10pm
Thursday, March 14 | 9am – 10pm
Friday, March 15 | 9am – 7pm
Saturday, March 16 | 9am – 7pm
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.
Join our SXSW Film Festival Wristbands Email List to be notified about our wristband events.