The Hill Country Film Festival takes place in Fredericksburg, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. A town unlike any other in Texas, Fredericksburg is filled with unique shopping and an artistic warmth. Tourists flock to it, not only from Texas but from all over the world. The city’s Main Street and Historic District have a German influence in the form of bakeries, restaurants, brew pubs, art galleries, and specialty shops. Beyond the city, tourist explore Luckenbach, tour wineries, peach orchards, golf and hike Enchanted Rock. HCFF is dedicated to bringing independent filmmakers and their films to this charming city, as a celebration of the city’s artistic spirit and its people.

HCFF welcomes films in the form of features (recommended between 90-120 minutes) and shorts (recommended under 30 minutes), along with documentaries in either form.

Cinema Dulce Award (Best of Fest)*
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Student Film
Best Texas Film*
Best Documentary
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay
Audience Choice Award

*Cash prizes will be given to winners of the festival’s Cinema Dulce - Best of Fest ($1,500) and Best Texas Film ($1,000) awards sponsored by Texas’ premier boutique winery Pedernales Cellars.

1. We encourage the submission of films in the form of feature-length (recommended 90-120 minutes), short-length films (recommended under 30 minutes). International films are also welcome but must be either be in English or have English subtitles.

2. Films must be available for screening during the festival, April 26 - April 29, 2018.

3. By submitting a film to HCFF, you grant the Hill Country Film Festival permission to screen your film, if said film is officially accepted into this year's lineup.

4. By submitting a film to HCFF, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the HCFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow HCFF to promote the following year's festival with the above excerpts, highlights and/or trailers. HCFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the HCFF.

5. You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.

6. The only acceptable way to submit your film is via FilmFreeway, as an online screener (vimeo password protected link is recommended).

7. The selected works will be exhibited digitally (shorts only) and on Blu-ray & DCP (features only).

8. In accordance with the HCFF policy, the entry fee is non-refundable. You will not be allowed to enter your work, unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the HCFF.

9. Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film.

10. All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway by February 16, 2018.

11. Notification of selections will be by March 20, 2018. Only then will the film be considered for awards. Please understand that acceptance in the festival will in no way guarantee that you, your actors or crew will be offered paid transportation or lodging for the event. We do promise a good time, however.

Overall Rating
  • A beautiful festival, run by the best people, in the best place. I will go to this festival with every project I make for as long as they will continue to have me.

    February 2018
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    Nikhil Melnechuk

    Our favorite stop on the circuit. The team behind it has great taste, energy, and are all talented filmmakers in their own right. Great parties with lots of filmmakers present. And Fredericksburg is the 2nd most visited wine destination in the US…who knew? Press submit.

    January 2018
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    Christine Weatherup

    What an incredible film festival! Top notch festival in every way -- programming, staff, networking. I definitely recommend applying! (I know I will with my next projects...)

    June 2017
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    Louis Hunter

    Such an amazing festival! Chad, Amy, and the whole team truly host a quality time, from quality features and shorts to all of the after parties! Plenty of networking. Plenty of quality films in a diverse selection. Inspirational!

    June 2017
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    Keith Rushing

    This small town festival is well organized and well attended. The headquarters and all screenings were in the same venue so check-in was a breeze and if there was a question to be asked, it was easy to find help.
    There was a really good mix of features and shorts (narrative and docs) from Texas and around the globe. The only downside I saw was that the films were only able to screen one time due to the number of films
    accepted and the limited number of screens available. But the upside of that is that all screenings were very full. It was great to mix with fellow filmmakers, some of whom we had met at other festivals.
    Thanks to Amy Miskovsky, Chad Mathews, Gary Weeks and all HCFF staff for all the hard work. HCFF is definitely a festival I hope to return to even if just a film fan. - Tommy G. Kendrick

    May 2017