The ๐——๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฃ ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—  ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ takes the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and we are doing our part to host a corona-proof event.
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Check out our festival review in ๐Œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐ž
(the one with Quentin Tarantino on the cover!)
http://bit.ly/2kMuBFJ
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The ๐——๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฃ ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—  ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ is back!
July 22-25, 2021
Make us laugh! Make us cry! Make us scream!
If you have a great story, we want it at our festival.
We accept short films (under 40 minutes), music videos, short screenplays, and feature film submissions.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ1:
Film Locations Tour - Take a ride with us as we scout the best Waco locations! Check out Central Texas' varied and unique looks, see in person the sites that have made it to the big screen, and afterward fill up on some amazing Texas BBQ (our treat!).
Free for all accepted filmmakers who attend!

Industry-Specific panels - For new and seasoned filmmakers of all stripes, these panels are designed to help improve your craft and business savvy.
Free for all accepted filmmakers who attend!

Music Videos category

Screenplay contest with live scene readings
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We seek to showcase the best in independent film from Texas, the US, and the world. We share great films in a theatrical venue, inspire filmmakers, create networking opportunities and show our guests genuine Texas hospitality.

We proudly screen at the ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ผ ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ, a former vaudeville theater thatโ€™s over a century old, but renovated with all modern touches. The Hippodrome is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has seen Elvis Presley and John Wayne enter its doors. Always a Waco tradition, the Hippodrome has been reborn as a central Texas destination - complete with recent renovations in seating, projection, and the addition of a full kitchen and bar. Plus, we have additional locations around Downtown Waco to accommodate our screenplay readings, filmmaker lounge, and panels.

BONUS! If youโ€™re a fan of the ๐—›๐—š๐—ง๐—ฉ show ๐—™๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, Chip and Joanna Gainesโ€™ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜ is located just steps away from the Hippodrome. Plus, Waco is the home of the ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—บ and ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด.

We are easily within driving distance of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Itโ€™s easy to see why this area is called the Heart of Texas.

Come on down, yโ€™all.
The stars at night are big and bright,
๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ!

๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ง๐™š ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™œ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Drama Short
Best Family Short
Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short
Best Horror Short
Best Music Video

๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™œ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ
Best Texas Short
Best US Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Student Short
Best Short Film

๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐˜พ๐™ง๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™œ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ
Best Director - Short
Best Performance, Drama - Short
Best Performance, Comedy - Short
Best Cinematography - Short
Best Editing - Short
Best Screenplay - Short
Audience Award - Short

๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™œ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ
Best Director - Feature
Best Performance - Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Feature Film
Audience Award - Feature

๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ
Outstanding Achievement
Honorable Mention

๐——๐—ข ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—™ ๐—” ๐—™๐—”๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—— ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ.

You agree to the following terms and conditions of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival (DitHFF).
โ€ข In order for submissions to be considered for competition, a Waco Premiere is required.
โ€ข Beyond the Waco area, we have no premiere status requirements.
โ€ข You do not talk about Fight Club.
โ€ข All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights. The festival is not liable for any rights issues.
โ€ข Films must have been produced no earlier than July, 2016. Yes, that's a 5 year window!
โ€ข In accordance with the Deep in the Heart Film Festival policy, the submission fee is non-refundable.
โ€ข By submitting a film to DitHFF, you grant the Deep in the Heart Film Festival permission to screen your film in a theatrical venue, if said film is officially accepted into this year's lineup.
โ€ข Only completed entries (including entry form, payment, and final exhibition film copy) will be considered. The Deep in the Heart Film Festival does not consider works in progress.
โ€ข The enemy's gate is down.
โ€ข Films that have screened on television or are available publicly on the internet or streaming services are not eligible for competition. (Password protected and private links are acceptable).
โ€ข Short screenplays of all genres are welcome to submit. Screenplays must be unproduced as of the date of the film festival. (July 22, 2021)
โ€ข We are an environmentally friendly festival. We accept digital submissions ONLY. Unless requested, do not send us DVDโ€™s, Blu-rays, press kits, dirty laundry or unruly children.
โ€ข The selected works will be exhibited in a theatrical venue, via a digital file or on Blu-ray & DCP.
โ€ข Keep readingโ€ฆ thereโ€™s a promo code in here somewhere...
โ€ข All entries must either be in English or subtitled in English. Foreign language films without English subtitles will not be screened.
โ€ข If your film has been selected, you will have 14 DAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACCEPTANCE. If we do not hear from you within 14 days of notification, your selection may be revoked.
โ€ข Your work will not be screened unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival.

You grant the Deep in the Heart Film Festival the following:
โ€ข Permission to exhibit your film in a theatrical venue. Films must be available for screening during the festival.
โ€ข Permission for photos, posters, highlights, or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the Deep in the Heart Film Festival website and/or social media and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also must agree to allow DitHFF to promote the following year's festival with the material listed above. DitHFF will never solicit or screen elements of your film outside the promotion of the DitHFF.

The Festival
โ€ข We accept short film submissions of any genre/topic. (Run time is 39 minutes or less.)
โ€ข We accept feature film submissions of any genre/topic. (Run time is 40 minutes or more.)
โ€ข We accept student-made short film submissions of any genre/topic, created by college or high school students. (Run time is 29 minutes or less. School ID is required that matches the date your film was created.)
โ€ข Submissions will be considered in all appropriate award categories.
โ€ข We accept music video submissions.
โ€ข We accept unproduced short screenplays
โ€ข We believe that the Game of Thrones finale was pretty disappointing. Come on, Dany & Jon Snow deserved betterโ€ฆ and donโ€™t get us started on Bran.
โ€ข Notification of selections will be made by June 8, 2021.
โ€ข The Deep in the Heart Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming without notice. The official selections and screening schedule is at the sole discretion of the festival.
โ€ข Sorry, but we cannot provide paid transportation or lodging for the event. Discounts may become available as the festival approaches.
โ€ข Entrants are responsible for all costs incurred to attend this festival.
โ€ข You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Entry fees will not be refunded.
โ€ข Official selections will receive TWO free passes to the film festival for the duration of the film festival.
โ€ข Official selection filmmakers are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend the festival. Seriously, check out our past festivals and you'll see that it's worth it! http://www.deepintheheartff.com
โ€ข Our success depends on the quality of submissions, so we cannot offer full waivers. But since you were smart enough to read these rules, use the promo code IAMAREADER and you'll get a discount.
โ€ข Exceptions to these rules will not be made unless we make an exception.
โ€ข Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

For further questions and inquiries, please email info@deepintheheartff.com

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • James Fite

    While this was the year of virtual festivals, this one made it still worth it. Great communication, amazing online sessions with fellow filmmakers doing Q&A's, after parties and more! They set the bar, and I look forward to the day I get to visit the festival in person!

    November 2020
  • Sharon Arteaga

    This was my first year attending and it turned out to be a virtual year, yet already, it is evident of the heart and soul these programmers and the staff put into their festival. They created several networking opportunities and we even had a virtual festival wrap party! What a fantastic experience - I cannot wait to see what their in person festival is like!

    November 2020
  • Natasha Straley

    This was my first year screening with DitHFF and I loved every bit of it! Sam & Louis did a great job bring our films to the screen and hosting fun Q&As and events virtually. I'll be submitting here again next year! Hope to meet all the filmmakers in person 2021 :)

    October 2020
  • An incredibly fun fest. Was honored to have my film included this year. The programming team and organizers knocked it out of the park when pivoting to a virtual format. Great films, very well organized, and valuable networking opportunities, including Q&As, industry panels, and a virtual game night. I will definitely be keeping this fest deep in my heart for submitting my work in the future.

    October 2020
  • Marc Cartwright

    Amazing festival!!! Deep In the Heart has always been a fun festival, but this year they were really put to the test with a virtual festival (due to Covid-19). I am SO impressed. Even though we couldn't all meet in person, the team at Deep In the Heart made the experience fun and interactive. It is clear to me that this festival appreciates and celebrates filmmakers.

    Do yourself a favor... submit and attend!

    October 2020