ElderHall Texas Independent Film Festival is open to all genres of film from around the globe. However, since we are in the great state of Texas separate categories are available for films made in Texas and for shorts and features within the Western genre. Our live screenings and award ceremony will be held at the amazing Pine Moore Old West Studio in the historic town of Blanco, Texas. Walk the same streets that the cowboys of the old west walked and see your film shown at Pine Moore Old West Studios, home to many westerns and the largest collection of horse drawn carriages this side of the Mississippi!!
URGENT NOTICE: the plan was to hold our viewing and awards ceremony live this year but the continuing rise in deaths in our area from the new variants has caused our legal team to advise that the awards ceremony be handled online again this year. Finalists will be notified of their inclusion and link will be provided for the award ceremony. While we regret the change, everyone’s health and safety must take precedence.
Filmmakers whose films are chosen for the live screenings and finals will have the option of attending two days of screenings culminating in our awards ceremony which includes a Texas style BBQ. Winners will receive a certificate and medallion as well as our official laurel for their win. Our festival will be a great place for filmmakers to collaborate with other Independent filmmakers as well as experienced veterans who have made Pine Moore Old West Studio their home. Awards ceremony will include a best of festival as well as Best of the West for our Western genre filmmakers with very special prizes! Arrangements will be made for discounted boarding in Blanco, Texas for all filmmakers attending. For those flying in Blanco is just under an hour drive from either Austin or San Antonio airports.
Places to stay near Festival :
Best Western Blanco ( closest, within walking distance)
2218 Highway 281 N Blanco, Texas 78606
Hampton Inn Bulverde ( 23 mile drive to festival)
499 Singing Oaks, Spring Branch, TX 78070
All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway to be eligible. Films can be shown in other festivals and on social media but cannot have been monetized prior to festival. Submitters must have full rights to submit their film. ElderHall retains the rights to use all or part of your film to advertise the festival on social media as well as in local media venues. Once notifications are sent to finalists, tickets will be available for purchase to the awards ceremony and BBQ.
Added perk for western genre filmmakers!! The Dennis and Kelly Moore Best Western of Festival will receive one free day of filming at Pine Moore Old West Studio!!! Also, the first episode of the upcoming western TV series Death & Compromise will premier at the festival!!