SXSW Announces 2021 Online Festival – Pitchfork

South by Southwest has announced an online edition of its annual festival. SXSW Online will take place March 16, 2021 through March 20. The virtual event will include movie screenings, keynote speeches, conferences, and more. The SXSW EDU online event will take place from March 9 to March 11.

Entries for the 2021 festival will open October 6, including submissions for the Film Festival and SXSW EDU. The SXSW Music Festival will be curated by the organization’s programming staff, and priority will be given to artists and presenters who were originally scheduled for the 2020 event.

“The challenge of building a new future is one that we’re excited to tackle,” SXSW CEO and co-founder Roland Swenson said in a press release. He continued:

This has been such a year of change and we, like the entire world, are reshaping our perspective on how we connect. We’re pleased to introduce SXSW Online as part of our program for 2021, and regardless of platform, we will continue to bring together the brightest minds from creative industries worldwide.

In early March, SXSW 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation led to a number of layoffs within the company.

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