Call for Applications: AFS Partners with SXSW for Interactive Media Exchange

Opportunity for filmmakers: U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar is pleased to announce the premier American Film diplomacy program The American Film Showcase (AFS) has partnered with the largest music and film festival in the U.S., South by Southwest (SXSW), to bring 5 international filmmakers to the annual SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin, TX in March 2020.  Selected filmmakers’ time at the festival will be devoted primarily to the Convergence Track, which focuses on use of interactive media through Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Participants will receive conference and festival passes and a specially curated SXSW experience. Activities will include networking events, targeted meetings, access to talks, and interactive demos. AFS will cover all costs.   

Program Dates

Arrive Austin: March 14
Festival Days:  March 14 – March 19
Depart Austin:  March 20

Selection Process

U.S. Embassy, Ulaanbaatar will shortlist and nominate up to two filmmakers from Mongolia for the exchange program.  

Ideal candidates: 

  • Fluent in English 
  • Fiction or documentary directors who have already produced at least two shorts films, or one feature-length film.  
  • Directors with current or future projects that incorporate interactive elements.  

Nomination Timeline

Submission Deadline to U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar: December 13
Shortlist Announced from AFS: January 10
Skype Interviews with AFS:  January 16-21
Final Participant Decision:  January 24

Application Requirements

  1. Resume / CV
  2. Online link/s to previously produced fiction and documentary work.  (Short clips okay.)
  3. One-page personal statement from the candidate that includes basic personal information as well as an explanation of what they hope to gain from the exchange.
  4. One-page summary of film project including interactive elements.

After reviewing the submitted materials, AFS and the ECA will create a short list and then conduct Skype phone conversations with filmmakers in order to make the final selection of five participants.  

Selection will be based on the quality of the personal statement, relevance of the filmmaker’s goals with the content of the exchange, filmmaking examples, and the virtual interview. AFS will select a group of filmmakers who best represent the diversity of our AFS countries and the program’s mission and objectives.

For questions and submissions, contact: 7007-6045 or Complete applications must be emailed to the following email address by or before December 13, 2019:; Re: American Film Showcase Interactive Media Exchange at SXSW