Next International Film Festival of Houston (NiffHouston), presented by Next Actor Studio, will hold its 4th edition on October 24 – October 27, 2018. The Festival will have its creative hub at the West University/Rice Village venue of Next Actor Studio with screenings of films at Match Houston, Alamo Drafthouse and Next Actor Screening Room.

In the past three years, Niff Houston was able to put together a great lineup of independent and foreign films and brought together actors, directors and producers from different parts of the world, who stayed back in Houston to enjoy the awards show at the end of the festival.

Award winners who could not make it to Houston, sent in their acceptance speech by video. The videos by best actor Dominique Pinon (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) and best actress Laya Lewis (Skins) are online for viewing.

After entertaining the audience at Niff2015's opening night short film 'Narcissist', lead actor Brionne Davis went on to excel at Cannes, Sundance and other major venues with his starring role in the 2016 Oscar-nominated Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent.

Last year, NiffHouston was thrilled to present the audience award to a documentary on Sikhism, starring Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and the cinematography award to Academy Award winner Claudio Miranda for the beautiful short film "The Circle" which was completely shot on drone.

This goes to show that Niff Houston is a festival of substance, that thrives to showcase ingenious talent and celebrate original content through a phenomenal line-up of Independent American Cinema and diverse foreign films in both competitive and non-competitive sections.

Submission for 2018 is now open. The first meet and greet for representatives of selected films, press and NiFF team members will take place in April by invitation.

Complete information and screening schedule will be available at

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Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Award
Best Short
Best Feature
Best Foreign Film
Best Documentary
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Screenplay

Your submission must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline listed above and include the correct entry fee.

The Exhibition Format is DVD, Blu-Ray & .mov only. We will not present any other format.

All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

Films may be of any length, and of any genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, student films, music videos and experimental films. The Festival will consider works-in-progress, films with temporary sound tracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate from film.

Overall Rating
  • Yehuda Sharim

    Welcoming, Intimate, and meaningful event!

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you.