The LIONSHEAD FILM FESTIVAL is an annual, competitive film and arts extravaganza that was founded by filmmakers for filmmakers. We know your passion for making films and we know how hard it is to find a venue to showcase your films once they're finished. With this in mind, we've set out to make THE BEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL for you to showcase your films. Over the next few months, we will be reviewing, selecting, and presenting your films to a wide audience (industry professionals as well as everyday film lovers) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area of Texas.

*New for 2018, WE ARE EXPANDING! Even though we are already an INTERNATIONAL film festival, we have decided to add a Screenplay Competition and a Photography Competition.

THE LIONSHEAD TROPHY will be awarded to the OVERALL WINNER of the competition.

JURY AWARDS will be presented to WINNERS of each of the categories.

Plus, AUDIENCE CHOICE and SPIRIT AWARDS will also be given.

*New for the 2018 festival, we are teaming up with several sponsors to get the winners different prizes (stay tuned for the details).


Films produced or initiated by a major movie studio are ineligible for competition.
The Lionshead Film Festival does NOT provide for airfare, accommodations or any other expenses incurred to attend the festival.
Accepted filmmakers attending the festival will be granted two 2-Day VIP Festival Passes (per accepted film). If more passes are desired, they can be purchased separately.
All submissions must include the NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE and must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER through the FILMFREEWAY.COM website.
The screening selections are at the sole discretion of the festival judges, directors, and/or programmers, ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
The Lionshead Film Festival does NOT grant fee waivers. Please, DO NOT ask.
Exhibition copies (for accepted films) will only be accepted as a digital (downloadable) file (.MOV / .MP4 / .AVI / Other--Please ask before you send).
Non-English projects MUST have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
All films selected for screening will be announced and their information posted on the Lionshead Film Festival website prior to the festival and will remain on the website after the festival.
All ACCEPTED films are required to submit an electronic press kit. Production stills must be emailed in time for a web listing and for program schedules.
Shameless Self-Promotion is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED by any means necessary to help build an audience for your screening.
Filmmakers are encouraged to send weblinks for trailers of their ACCEPTED films (vimeo or youtube) for promotional purposes as part of the press kit.
The Lionshead Film Festival DOES NOT PROVIDE FEEDBACK of any type on submitted films.
Submitting parties MUST have copyright clearances for all materials contained within their film.

Screenplays MUST be submitted by the person who wrote them. If a team of people wrote a screenplay, it is the responsibility of the submitter to get written permission from all the writers of said screenplay. Screenplays cannot contain any plagiarized material. Screenplays MUST be submitted through the FilmFreeway website as we DO NOT accept paper copies. We accept screenplays/scripts in ANY GENRE but please adhere to the page limits of each category. WE DO NOT GIVE FEEDBACK on submitted screenplays, and all screenplays MUST be written in English.

There are two categories for the photography competition.
The Open Catergory is exactly that, it is open for anyone (pro, amateur, or beginner) to submit their photograph into this category as they will all be judged equally.
The Student Category is specifically for students (junior high, high school or college/university) to submit their photographs. Submitters to the student catergory will be expected to show proof that they are currently attending school (a picture of your current school ID works).
There is no time frame as to when the photograph should have been taken and there is no "theme" for the 2018 photography contest.
The person submitting the photograph MUST have taken the photograph AND must own the rights to said photograph.
We run a family-friendly festival so there should be NO EXPLICIT SUBJECT MATTER in the photographs.

For more information, please refer to the FAQ section of the film festival website. If you have more questions after that, please email us.