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Since 1989, The American Pavilion’s esteemed Worldwide Student Program has introduced thousands of entertainment industry students to festivals and events worldwide, from Hollywood to Cannes to Venice. Now, AmPav is proud to continue our newest student program at Austin's influential South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival next March! This 6 day program will focus on the film & TV portion of the festival. Along with discovering groundbreaking new movies and TV series, your pass will also allow you access to talks with thought leaders from the worlds of Film, Tech, and Music. Join us next March for our second SXSW Intensive!

SXSW Intensive Details

2025 Program Dates: Thursday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 11

Application Deadline: January 20, 2025


Program Fee:

$2,995 if paid by September 30, 2024
$3,250 if paid by January 6, 2025
$3,495 if paid by February 10, 2025

AmPav Alumni Program Fee: $2,995 through February 10, 2025


Program Fee includes:

  • Festival accreditation with primary access to keynotes, featured speakers, mentor sessions & workshops, Film & TV screenings/premieres, and the Film & TV Festival Opening Party
  • Six nights of shared accommodation in downtown Austin (within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Exclusive roundtables & access to PMC venues/activations

Flight/Travel Arrangements:

Participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Austin, TX.

Application Requirements

1. Completed online application formPlease note that applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program.

2. Current résumé 

3. Non-refundable application fee of $55 


Completed applications are reviewed by The American Pavilion Selection Committee on a rolling basis. Candidates who meet all of the requirements for admission will be contacted for an interview and notified of a decision on a first come, first served basis.

Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the program can fill up quickly.

Conditions of Acceptance

If accepted into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due within two weeks of acceptance to hold your spot.

The balance due is determined by when it is paid:
$1,995 if paid by September 30, 2024
$2,250 if paid by January 6, 2025
$2,495 paid by February 10, 2025

AmPav Alumni: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due at registration to hold your spot. The balance of $1,995 is due no later than February 10, 2025.

All fees are non-refundable. Please note that we cannot accept checks.

Failure to comply with the above stated conditions will result in being put on the waiting list or forfeiting your place in the program.


Program fees are non-refundable. Acceptance can be deferred to a future year only if participation is not possible due to travel restrictions, date change, or cancellation by the Festival.

Adherence to all COVID-19 safety protocols will be required. Depending upon conditions at the time of travel, this could include proof of vaccination/boosters, masking, and/or frequent testing. We will keep participants updated regarding policies and safety measures put forth by the CDC and the Festival organization.