The SXSW Film Festival takes place March 9-17 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.
January 31 – Film Features Lineup Announced
February 7 – Film Midnighters & Shorts + Late Features Additions
SXSW Film is bringing back a Satellite Film Venue for 2018! The newly-remodeled AFS CINEMA will host festival favorites and bring all of the best of the Film Festival to Austin locals outside of downtown all 9 days of SXSW, March 9-17. Please note that the AFS Cinema is not serviced by SXSW Shuttles.
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SXSW Film Wristband: Price: $95
Purchase online on January 16, 2018. Note: When a second wristband is purchased, the additional wristband will display in the “Add Ons Sold” section of the Cart.
SXSW Film Festival Wristbands provide entry to all festival screenings and enter after Film and Platinum badges. Wristbands cannot guarantee entry to every SXSW Film Festival screening as each screening is subject to venue capacity.
Wristband holders can catch a ride on the SXSW Festival Shuttle – a free circulating shuttle running between the Austin Convention Center, SXSW Outdoor Stage at Ladybird Lake and SXSW Film Festival Theaters. Learn more here.
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 2018? 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.
Thursday, March 8 | 9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday, March 9 | 9:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday, March 10 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, March 11 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Monday, March 12 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 13 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday, March 14 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday, March 15 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, March 16 | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 17 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
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. Advance sale of SXSW 2018 Film Festival Wristbands to greater Austin-area residents: Tuesday, January 16, 2018.