Filmmakers, what’s your Frame of Mind about Texas?
Frame of Mind,” is a TV series spotlighting independent film: documentaries to animated shorts, narratives to experimental works. The show airs on Public Television stations across Texas. It’s produced by the Video Association of Dallas in collaboration with North Texas' Public Media station, KERA.

We are taking submissions from filmmakers to consider for broadcast next season (Fall 2023).

We are looking for work that has ties to or is inspired by Texas: The film could be made in Texas OR address some aspect of life in the state OR made by filmmakers currently residing in Texas OR is about a Texan.

While we love a good cowboy hat, we know that over 29 million people live here. Their traditions and their stories are far more interesting to us than stereotypes about the state.

To get a sense of the breadth and variety of our show, check out last season’s lineup:

You can browse through the stories we share about each show:

For 31 years, “Frame of Mind” has been a platform for all sorts of Indie filmmakers, from established professionals to high school seniors. The 8-episode season is watched on KERA TV by tens of thousands of Texans across the state, and this season, we expect even more as we offer the show on PBS Passport.

It’s curated and produced by Bart Weiss, artistic director of the Video Association of Dallas and producer of “Frame of Mind” since 1995. The show was created in 1991 by Suzanne Dooley and Marlis Schmidt.

Frame of Mind is a co-production from Art&Seek and Video Association of Dallas. We are just thrilled to be able to give some shine to the thriving filmmaking community in Texas.

Filmmakers are paid a one-time fee of $10/minute

Must be about Texas, filmed in Texas, or have a Texas director or producer.

Films may be any length, up to a maximum of 57 minutes.

We are looking for all genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, student films and experimental films.

Please submit a digital file for consideration.

If selected for broadcast, filmmaker must supply either a ProRes or H.264 file, 1920x1080. In addition, if selected, an electronic press kit with filmmaker bios, photo stills, film trailers is required.

In order to be eligible, the film must satisfy one of the following criteria:
1. Principally filmed in Texas
2. Addresses some aspect of Texas history or culture.
3. Key cast or crew (director, producer, screenwriter, actors) are current residents of Texas.
4. About a Texan

If selected, Producer will need to sign a contract affirming they have secured all necessary rights, releases and clearances with respect to all persons participating in the production of this program and agrees to hold KERA harmless against all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees which may be suffered due to any breach of these warranties made by the producer. KERA agrees to hold Producer harmless against all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees which may be suffered due to any breach of these warranties made by KERA.

The agreement will be entered into and will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas. The rights and responsibilities expressed in the contract will remain with the legal successors to the parties of this agreement.

The agreement embraces the entire understanding of both parties and may not be altered, amended or modified except in writing signed by both parties.

Overall Rating
  • Gabriel Horn

    It was an honor and a thrill to be included in Frame of Mind 30th year! Bart and team made magic, along with the best of the best of Texas filmmakers. It's been a lifelong dream to have a film play on PBS statewide! Congrats to all involved and cheers to the filmmakers!

    January 2023
  • Scot Miller

    I was honored to be part of Frame of Mind’s 30th season and to have our work included alongside many talented Texas filmmakers. Loved the variety of the films, too. Thank you to Bart Weiss and the Frame of Mind team for putting together an excellent program. Highly recommended!

    January 2023
  • Allison Calloway

    My film was selected for the 30th year of Frame of Mind and this time the films played on PBS throughout Texas. It was nice to watch the program with family in my hometown of Corpus Christi and have friends catch it in Austin and Dallas at different times. I highly recommend!

    January 2023
  • We are honored to have had our work selected for this broadcast. Huge thanks to Bart Weiss who has been such an inspiring advocate for independent film.

    January 2022
  • George Wada

    I am honored to be part of KERA-TV Frame of Mind program. If you are a Texas filmmaker, this is the place to show your work.

    January 2022