Heart of the Pines Film Festival brings quality film screenings and events to the heart of “pine country” – East Texas, North Louisiana and South Arkansas. Our focus is to bring films with heart, and those that challenge the audience to push their comfortable cultural boundaries – to see things from someone else’s perspective. We would like to help filmmakers tell unique, impactful stories.

Special consideration is given to filmmakers from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, but the festival is open to everyone, including international filmmakers.

The 2016 schedule will begin with a festival in East Texas in April. Then we will hold screenings in Texarkana, Arkansas later in the year.

Screenings were held in Minden, Louisiana (near Shreveport) on July 25-26th, 2015.

Awards will be given for the following: (Prizes TBA)
Film with the Biggest Heart
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Writing
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Series Episode
Best Music Video
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Child Actor/Actress
Best Editing
Best Production Design

Films should have been completed after January 2014. Online screener is highly preferred. Now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 Festival screenings, but the program at the 3 different locations may not be the same, so SUBMISSION DEADLINES WILL BE ON A ROLLING BASIS.

Programming schedule will be posted (albeit, possibly tentative depending on venues) at least 30 days before screenings occur. Q&A sessions with filmmakers are encouraged.


Music Video – Up to 5 minutes long ($10 to submit)

Short film – 1-22 minutes long, any genre ($10 to submit)

Web series/ TV series episode – 1-22 minutes long, any genre ($10 to submit)

Mid-length film – 23-44 minutes long, any genre ($15 to submit)

Feature film – 45-210 minutes long, any genre ($20 to submit)