Endora Film Fest is a one-day exposition of new, independent cinema held in magical, musical Lockhart – just south of Austin, in the BBQ Capitol of Texas!

We take our name from Lockhart's fictitious name in WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, the epic drama starring Leo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis & Johnny Depp, shot here in the 1990s.

Our fest is nestled in the Gaslight Baker Theatre, a century-old venue one block from the Caldwell County Courthouse in the downtown Square.

We combine rad live music with new indie cinema to create a memorable festival: this year it coincides with a ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana in Lockhart – held the Sunday before Election Day – so programming may lean into criminal-justice & cannabis narratives & documentaries!

Endora – an annual fest in Caldwell County – is a project of Lost River Film Fest, in Hays County, who also runs Scrambled Genius Film Fest in Guadalupe County.
(Films submitted to any of these three fests will be eligible for selection in one of the other fests at no extra cost.)

All films chosen for our one-day festival will receive Special Selection laurels.

We accept submissions for the following categories:

Feature Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT minimum)
Feature Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT minimum)
Short Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT maximum)
Short Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT maximum)
Web Series (30 min. TRT maximum per episode - may submit up to 3 episodes)
Music Videos - All Genres (9 min TRT maximum)

Films must be completed AFTER January 1st, 2023 to be eligible for selection. Submitted projects that are commercially available are not eligible for juried consideration. We request that your content not be available for viewing online by general public until after November 9th, 2024.


-- Entry fee (paid online).

-- Film Synopsis: Three-line synopsis for Shorts; 250-word synopsis for Features (may be used for Festival Program & website)

-- Upload Official Poster

Do not send any discs, online materials are sufficient for submission. No porn content is accepted. Endora Film Fest (EFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.S. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless EFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Please note: Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform or via a password-protected streaming Vimeo URL. EFF will be screening films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. Please DO NOT SUBMIT your film if you are unable to deliver your project as a digital file.

a. Submission of foreign language films is accepted, English subtitles are encouraged but not required.
b. Films must be submitted to at least one Genre.
c. Entry fees are non-refundable.
d. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record.
e. All submissions must include your: physical address, contact phone # and email address.

EFF highly suggests that you submit only completed projects for consideration. Because of the limited time we will judge each submission as a completed projects for consideration. Because of limited time, we will judge each submission as a completed project regardless of level of completion. If your project is selected to screen at the Festival you will have the opportunity to deliver the most recent version of the film/TV/web content.