Join us for an unforgettable celebration of the art of filmmaking at our upcoming film festival! Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary showcase of talent, innovation, and storytelling that will leave you inspired and entertained. Here's why you won't want to miss our event:

1. Diverse Selection of Films: Our film festival presents a carefully curated selection of films spanning various genres, styles, and themes. From thought-provoking documentaries to mesmerizing narratives and cutting-edge experimental films, our program offers something for everyone. Experience the magic of cinema as we bring you a diverse range of storytelling perspectives from both emerging and established filmmakers.

2. Unique Filmmaking Perspectives: We pride ourselves on showcasing voices that are often underrepresented in mainstream media. Our event highlights the work of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, offering a platform for their stories to be heard. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world of fresh narratives and alternative perspectives that challenge conventional storytelling.

3. Cutting-Edge Technology and Techniques: Get ready to witness the latest advancements in filmmaking technology and techniques. Our festival embraces innovation, pushing the boundaries of traditional storytelling with captivating visuals, stunning cinematography, and groundbreaking special effects. Experience the future of cinema as we bring you films that showcase the seamless integration of technology and artistic vision.

4. Engaging Industry Workshops and Panels: We go beyond film screenings by offering a range of workshops and panels led by industry experts. Engage in insightful discussions, gain valuable knowledge, and learn from the best in the business. Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker, film enthusiast, or industry professional, our event provides a unique opportunity to expand your horizons and network with like-minded individuals.

5. Memorable Networking Opportunities: Connect with filmmakers, industry professionals, and fellow film enthusiasts in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Our festival fosters a sense of community, providing ample opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations, exchange ideas, and forge valuable connections. Discover potential collaborators, mentors, or lifelong friends as you celebrate the magic of cinema together.

6. Spectacular Venue and Atmosphere: Immerse yourself in the captivating ambiance of our festival. We carefully select a stunning venue that complements the cinematic experience, creating an atmosphere that transports you into the world of film. Enjoy state-of-the-art screening facilities, comfortable seating, and a visually stunning setting that enhances your overall enjoyment of the event.

7. Awards and Recognition: Celebrate excellence in filmmaking as we honor outstanding contributions with our prestigious awards. Our jury of industry professionals evaluates each submission meticulously, recognizing exceptional talent and creativity. Be part of the excitement as we announce the winners and celebrate their achievements during our glamorous award ceremony.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary film festival experience. Join us and discover a world of cinematic wonders that will ignite your imagination, touch your heart, and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Submit your films, secure your tickets, and prepare to embark on a cinematic journey like no other. We can't wait to welcome you to our festival!

The award categories are currently:

1. Best Narrative Short Film
2. Best Documentary Short Film
3. Best Animated Short Film
4. Best Experimental Short Film
5. Best Comedy Short Film
6. Best Horror/Thriller Short Film
7. Best Student Short Film
8. Audience Choice Award

Special consideration is given to films that highlight diversity in gender and race amongst their cast and crew.

1. Eligibility:
- The festival is open to filmmakers of all nationalities and backgrounds.
- Only short films with a maximum duration of 20 mins will be considered.
- Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2023, regardless of their previous screening status.
- Multiple submissions from a single filmmaker are accepted, but each film must be submitted separately.

2. Submission Process:
- All film submissions must be made through our official festival submission platform.
- Filmmakers must provide a secure online screener of their film for consideration.
- Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English.
- Submission fees, if applicable, must be paid in full at the time of submission.

3. Selection and Notifications:
- The festival's selection committee will review all submitted films and determine the official selections.
- Selected filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance via email by October 31, 2023.
- If your film is accepted, you must provide the festival with high-resolution screening files as per the specifications provided.

4. Copyright and Permissions:
- By submitting a film to the festival, the filmmaker confirms that they have obtained all necessary rights, releases, and permissions for the film, including but not limited to music rights, talent releases, and any copyrighted material used.
- The festival will not be held liable for any copyright infringements or unauthorized use of materials in the submitted films.

5. Festival Screenings and Awards:
- The festival retains the right to screen accepted films during the festival dates, both in physical and virtual formats, as determined by the festival organizers.
- The official schedule, including screening times and venues, will be determined by the festival organizers.
- A jury appointed by the festival will determine the award winners in each category, except for the Audience Choice Award.
- The decisions of the jury and festival organizers are final and binding.

6. Promotion and Publicity:
- By participating in the festival, filmmakers grant the festival the right to use excerpts or stills from their films for promotional purposes.
- The festival reserves the right to use the submitted film and filmmaker information for marketing and publicity purposes.

7. Festival Etiquette:
- Filmmakers, attendees, and participants are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner during festival events and screenings.
- Any form of harassment, discrimination, or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in immediate expulsion from the festival.

8. Liability:
- The festival and its organizers will take reasonable care of the submitted films, but will not be held responsible for any loss, damage, or theft of materials.

9. Agreement to Rules:
- Submitting a film to the festival implies that the filmmaker has read, understood, and agreed to comply with all the festival rules and terms.

Overall Rating
  • For a first year festival, this was incredibly well done! This was the biggest audience I've screened to and the venue was the best screen I've seen my work screened on. Jesse, the festival director, clearly is putting passion and effort into this event to make it the best it can be. One of the best parts was the interludes made by the festival team! They were great introductions into each section, it was incredibly unique. Overall, I can't wait to submit and attend next years festival! If this is the first year, I'm excited to see where Jesse takes the 512 ATX Short Film Festival.

    December 2023