It's Time for Comicpalooza X!

Yes! It has been 10 years of Comicpalooza, Texas' Largest Comic and Pop Culture Event!
Comicpalooza 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 6th 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 2017

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 6th Annual Film Festival at Comicpalooza X!

Award certificates for the following categories will be given:

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

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

Overall Rating
  • Patrick Smith

    well run operation, it was a pleasure. Hope I can attend next year.

    July 2018
  • I loved that they programed my short with another film on cosplay and followed the films with a meet up for producers, prop makers, costumers, make up artist and cosplayers to network.

    June 2018
  • saquan jones

    Such a great festival. I had a great time...great people...great atmosphere. I read past reviews and decided to hand out flyers telling people the date and time of my screening to promote screening. During that process, I met great fans. My only mistake was I handed out the flyers too early.

    My screening was at 5pm and I handed out the flyers before 12pm. Most of the people I handed the flyers to had already left. So if I get accepted to the festival again, which I hope I do, I would give out flyers letting fans know the date, time and room of the screening 2 hours before the screening. There were so many people there we gave out 300 flyers in an hour.

    Great experience.

    June 2018
  • Thanks for your work, unfortunately was not able to attend. Good luck for the next year

    May 2017
  • 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