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SXSW announces virtual festival with possible in-person event for 2021
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While this years SXSW festival was canceled, it will return next year.

South by Southwest announced Tuesday it will include online programming as part of its 2021 festival, but has not eliminated the possibility of an in-person portion of the event.


According to an announcement on the SXSW website, SXSW Online will be "a digital experience featuring conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases and much more." SXSW Online will take place from March 16-20.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health officials to make plans for an in-person event, though no details have been announced yet.

The festival will be preceded by SXSW EDU, a branch that focuses on all things education, from March 9-11. SXSW will accept "Panel Picker" events for both SXSW and SXSW EDU. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 6-16.

SXSW will not accept applications for the music festival this year, as it will be "curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event."

However, the Film Festival will still accept applications for Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic, Music Video, Virtual Cinema, Texas High School Short and Title Sequence from Oct. 6-28.

SXSW 2020 was cancelled at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 6, a week before the event was supposed to begin.

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