Lost River Film Fest -- hosted in the outskirts of Austin, in the magical, spring-fed-river town of San Marcos & on the campus of Texas State University -- will spotlight & celebrate independent cinema Oct 17-20, 2019. Soaked in a youthful, progressive, small-town Texas vibe, Lost River Film Fest has attracted more than 1,000 attendees each of the past two years due to a splendid cocktail of compelling cinema, live music, burlesque, slam poetry & much more.

Austin Film Festival commences a few days after Lost River ends, providing filmmakers an excellent two-for-one trip to the lovely Central Texas hill country.

The film fest is presented by San Marcos Cinema Club, the 501c3 film society of the nation’s fastest growing town of its size — whom the San Marcos Arts Commission selected for its prestigious 2016 SMarts Award.

Lost River Film Festival — titled for our town’s fictional name in the campy, locally shot,1978 horror film PIRANHA — will feature a mix of short films, features & web content, yielded from an open call for submissions, in addition to workshops, interactive events, a concert & networking events.

Opening Night for every Lost River Film Fest features a film shot in our town; this year, the 90-year-old dancehall Devil's Backbone Tavern will host a special screening of RACE WITH THE DEVIL, the 70s horror film on the travails of an RV full of tourists' desperate evasion of a satanic cult in hot pursuit...

Also this year, Lost River teams up with the historic amusement park Wonder World Cave to screen a few underground films literally underground -- inside their ancient cave, far beneath the earth.

The fest will again include WHEELZ N' REELZ on Sat., Oct. 19th featuring champion BMX riders, roller derby & unicycle demos, live music, vendors & specially curated short films.

Early Bird Submissions open up on Friday, March 8th!!

Juried awards for the winners in each category.

We are accepting submissions for the following categories:

Feature Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT minimum)
Feature Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT minimum)
Short Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT maximum)
Short Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT maximum)
Web Series (30 min. TRT maximum per episode - may submit up to 3 episodes)
Music Videos - All Genres (9 min TRT maximum)

Films must be completed AFTER January 1st, 2018 to be eligible for selection. Submitted projects that are commercially available are not eligible for juried consideration. We request that your content not be available for viewing online by general public until after October 30th, 2019.


-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

-- -- Film Synopsis: Three-line synopsis for Shorts; 250-word synopsis for Features (These may be used for Festival Program & website)

-- Upload Official Poster

Do not send any discs, online materials are sufficient for submission. No porn content is accepted. Lost River Film Fest (LRFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.S. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless LRFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Please note: Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform or via a password-protected streaming Vimeo URL. LRFF will be screening films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. Please DO NOT SUBMIT your film if you are unable to deliver your project as a digital file.

a. Submission of foreign language films is accepted, English subtitles are encouraged but not required.
b. Films must be submitted to at least one Genre.
c. Entry fees are non-refundable.
d. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record.
e. All submissions must include your: physical address, contact phone # and email address.

LRFF highly suggests that you submit only completed projects for consideration. Because of the limited time we will judge each submission as a completed projects for consideration. Because of limited time, we will judge each submission as a completed project regardless of level of completion. If your project is selected to screen at the Festival you will have the opportunity to deliver the most recent version of the film/TV/web content.

Overall Rating
  • Rachel Bardin

    Enjoyed visiting San Marcos and meeting the organizers, festival goers and other filmmakers.

    January 2019
  • Charlotte Moore

    The Lost River Film Festival was excellent. The coordinators were organized, attentive, and spectacularly hospitable. It was a very unique experience!

    November 2018
  • Great team, great programming, all around good time.

    November 2018
  • Ravin Vythelingum

    A great festival that I'm proud our film was a part of. Unfortunately we were not able to attend. However we enjoyed the posts on social media. Thanks for selecting our film.

    November 2018
  • Anita Azenet

    A great film festival with almost everything you need within walking distance. Daily networking socials with other filmmakers, reasonable ticket prices, low submission fees and some of the friendliest hosts make this a desirable film festival.

    November 2018