Comicpalooza, Texas' Largest Comic and Pop Culture Event, features more than 22,000 hours of programming, 200 guest artists on the schedule and draws more than 40,000 fans to the George R. Brown Convention Center; and for the 5th year in a row, we will be presenting an outstanding program of narrative and animated feature length and short subject independent genre films. We had a very successful year in 2016 with our packed advanced screening of Warner Bros' LIGHTS OUT which was directed by David F. Sandberg. We pre-screened the trailer for Don't Breath, had panels with amazing talent and partnered with CryptTV and S.W.A.M.P in presenting screenings and awards.

Last season, we made huge strides in serving the film community and filmmakers, but we are working even harder to improve. Due to feedback from our film community, we have begun implementing more film related events and overhauling communication protocols that will allow for greater engagement with the fest and with other filmmakers.

With the success of the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes, and the strength of DC television, and the Netflix/Marvel collaboration, with the popularity of shows like Syfy's Face/Off (in it's 11th season!) there is absolutely no denying that the Comicpalooza Film Festival is in a prime position at the intersection of worlds of content. Therefore, we are working to create as many opportunities as we can for all creators, artists, and creatives at one of the largest and most prestigious Conventions in Texas!

Please join us for our 5th Annual Film Festival at Comicpalooza!

Awards & Prizes

UPDATE: We are working on Grand Prize filmmaker packages that will be announced soon. Also, we are working on partnerships with film critics and film personalities that will offer invaluable feedback to filmmakers! Stay tuned and submit today!

Award certificates for the following categories will be given:

Best Picture (Feature)
Best Animated Film
Best Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Child Actor/Actress
Best High School Short
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best VFX
Best Sound/Score
Best Production Design
Best Costumes
Best SFX/Makeup

Rules & Terms

Film submission guidelines-

UPDATE: Now all film submissions and fee payment will be handled on exclusively this season.

The fees are as follows-
All short content- 10.00 for Regular Deadline, 12.00 for Late Deadline
All feature content- 15.00 for Regular Deadline, 20.00 for Late Deadline
All short content for High School Competition- 5.00 flat rate

Films must be submitted as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please provide a link to where your film is hosted and any applicable passwords. Please note: If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file Comicpalooza is not liable for the quality of exhibition screeners not encoded to HQ HD specifications. Please encode to the highest quality possible on a platform that can provide HQ viewing, maximum uptime and stability.

Submissions may not be in work-in-progress form, works that are not final cuts, marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.) Also, due to the volume of submissions, works without proper clearances (image, music licenses, etc) will not be considered.

The submission of a film to Comicpalooza constitutes acceptance of our Entry Rules & Regulations so please, please review this document carefully.

Film Eligibility:

All Narrative and Documentary shorts, features and Music Videos must:

Have a broadcast quality digital screening file delivered by the deadline.
Fully comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
Have English subtitles at the time of submission. No dialogue lists will be accepted.
Meet length requirements
Have completed all necessary clearances, licenses, and or releases at the time of submission. This includes but is not limited to:
Image and Likeness releases.
Music Licenses and Clearances
Adherence to any Creative Commons Licenses
Inclusion of relevant materials on film submission applications

15 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Anastasia Dyakova

    Thanks for your work, unfortunately was not able to attend. Good luck for the next year

    May 2017
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    Ken Cosentino

    This festival was a blast! Now I must say, the film festival portion of the convention is definitely overlooked and separate from the rest of the events - The screening room was up on the third floor and most patrons did not even know that it was there. It is up to the filmmaker to rope in an audience and it's not very easy. I think Comicpalooza can do a better job of promoting the festival portion and making it more of a priority. Comicpalooza itself is a huge event and a great networking opportunity, and if your film does get in, it's a great idea to go... be there, and do meet-and-greets. The film coordinator, Melvin, earned my 5 star review. He was very communicative, great to work with. Overall we had a stellar experience.

    May 2017
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    Yaron Betan

    Great Festival and comic con, would have loved to have been there but heard great things from my partner who was there. Also Thanks for nominating our film as a finalist!

    May 2017
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    Colin Costello

    A great, great festival. We were proud to be a part of it!

    May 2017
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    Kevin McGuiness

    Though I was unable to attend the festival, I was lucky enough to have my short film "The Cat" screen at Comicpalooza and the organizers were very friendly and in constant communication. Hopefully I will be able to attend the event next time.

    May 2017