2021 GTX FILM FESTIVAL

Held in beautiful Georgetown, Texas, the GTX FILM FESTIVAL promotes independent films and artists in our community, across the United States, and abroad through a top tier film festival and conference, educational events, and collaborations.

GTX FILM FESTIVAL stresses good visual storytelling and continues to focus on the basics of filmmaking—photography, directing, producing and editing—and how well these elements are executed in each film.

The festival is located in downtown Georgetown, Texas - just 30 miles north of Austin. While attending the festival, you can enjoy shopping, dining, music, and local hospitality on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Mobile Short
Best Texas-Made Film
Best Texas-Made Short
Best Student Film
Best Student Short
Best Youth Short

2021 GTX FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION RULES

If you are submitting a Feature to GTX Film Festival, please triple check that your film meets our requirements below.

FEATURE FILM SUBMISSION RULES
- Your film must be over 40 minutes in length.

- If your feature film has NEVER been available online or broadcast you are eligible to submit to GTX Film Festival.

- Your project must have been completed in 2017-2020 or be on track for completion in early 2021.

- The FEATURE program consists of: Narrative Feature, Texas Made Feature (must be created in the state of Texas), Student Feature (must be currently enrolled in High School or College), and Documentary Feature.

- GTX Film Festival does not accept trailers or rough assemblies, but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.) Please be aware GTX Film Festival will not pre-screen multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

- Please submit your application when you are ready to send your film in the most complete and finished form possible, as we will only watch the first cut submitted.

- All feature-length films must be submitted via a secure URL link. Please note, if you change this link or any of your login information without contacting GTX Film Festival your film may become ineligible for consideration.

- For specific questions about submitting your film, feel free to contact the Program Director, Lisa Wasiak at l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org.

- Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from GTX Film Festival within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email (l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org) to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

- All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than July 31, 2021.

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SHORT FILM SUBMISSION RULES
- Your film must be under 40 minutes in length.

- Your project must have been completed in 2017-2020 or be on track for completion in early 2021.

- The SHORTS program consists of: Narrative Short, Texas Made Short (must be created in the state of Texas), Mobile Short, and Student Short (must be currently enrolled in High School or College).

- GTX FILM does not accept trailers or rough assemblies, but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.) Please be aware GTX FILM will not screen multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

- Please submit your application when you are ready to send your film in the most complete and finished form possible, as we will only watch the first cut submitted.

- All short films must be submitted via a secure URL link. Please note, if you change this link or any of your login information without contacting GTX FILM your film may become ineligible for consideration.

- For specific questions about submitting your film, feel free to contact the Program Director, Lisa Wasiak at l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org.

- Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from GTX Film Festival within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email (l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org) to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

- All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than July 31, 2021.

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RULES TO SUBMITTING A YOUTH SHORT
- Filmmakers who are 18 and under, and enrolled in grade school (Elementary through High School) for the full 2020-21 academic year are eligible to submit.

- Films must be under 10 minutes in length, created and produced between 2018-2021.

- All shorts must be submitted via a secure URL link. Please note, if you change this link or any of your login information without contacting GTX FILM your submission may become ineligible for consideration.

- LIMIT of 2 submission for this FREE category.

- For specific questions about submitting your film, feel free to contact the Program Director, Lisa Wasiak at l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org.

- Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from GTX Film Festival within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email (l.wasiak@gtxfilm.org) to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

- All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than July 31, 2021.

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ORIGINALITY AND PERMISSIONS

1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. However, because GTXFF focuses on how well the film is produced, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. GTXFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. GTXFF reserves the right to switch the entry category or otherwise assign a category to fit programming needs and interests, and films will not be penalized for the original submission selection.

2. All films must be submitted online through FilmFreeway. All foreign Submissions must be subtitled.

3. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by GTXFF in connection with the dispute.
PLEASE NOTE: The GTX Film Festival does NOT waive entry fees.

4. Payments are made through FilmFreeway website.

5. Online screeners and posters are mandatory and must be uploaded to FilmFreeway’s site. Please include if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS.

SELECTED FILMS AND WINNERS

1. GTXFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

2. GTXFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by GTXFF or by its volunteers.

3. Selected films will be announced in July 2021. The judges’ decision is final.

4. Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Overall Rating
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  • A big thank you to Erik, Cindy, Roxanne and the rest of the GTX crew. Though Covid prevented an in-person event, the festival did a great job at putting on the fest and making the filmmakers a part of the event. We hope to be back in person!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Pat. We appreciate the kind words, and are glad we were able to 'go on with the show', and that wonderful filmmakers like you helped make it a success. :-)

  • Always great communication and marketing for the event. They did a wonderful job of switching over to a virtual festival in spite of all the COVID-19 challenges. LILLIAN is honored to have won the Best Texas Story award!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    On behalf of the GTX FILM Team, I thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing more films from you. Best wishes on future projects.

  • We were honored to be a part of GTX Film Festival's inaugural event. Great hospitality and venue, and we look forward to submitting future projects.

    April 2019
  • Bryan Bostic

    OMGosh... words can not express how much I enjoyed the GTX Film Festival and the people of Georgetown, Tx. The GTX Staff put on a great festival from start to finish. They had a great photographer who took great photos...I even set up discounted lodging right across from the screening site. Everybody was so nice and treated every filmmaker like a star. I would definitely recommend this festival to anyone.

    April 2019