October 31, 2018
Brazos Drive-In Theater, Granbury TX

The screening begins at sundown - but arrive early to find the best parking location and to enter into our Halloween costume contest. Everyone in costumes at the event will qualify. Gates open at 6pm.

Following the student films, we are screening E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg,1982) and then The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963).

Ticket proceeds will create new Tarleton student scholarships, as well as create funding for future student media and showcase events. Come and support your friends, peers, students, community and local talent!

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2018
Notification Date: October 5, 2018

This is a competitive event. All submissions to screen at the festival were selected by judges from a large pool of applicants. Participating judges are professors and media professionals nationwide, as well as faculty from Tarleton State University. All student media selected for the festival are eligible for the following awards: Best in Show, Director’s Choice Award, Best Film Short, Best Digital Environment Experience, Best Animation, and Honorable Mention. Award winning work will be announced on screen preceding the work itself. As a special bonus, festival attendees will be able to participate in voting for the Audience Choice Award through an online/smartphone polling system.

Note: a short selection of the strongest work entered into Ocular Obstinance by the original deadline (May 11) will be featured in a short opening reel for the headlining film event on Friday, September 7 at 7:00pm, sponsored by the 2018 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.

What qualifies?

Video art, short films, animations, game/digital environment art – anything that moves that can be projected onto a cinema screen. Work does not need to be strictly narrative or linear – experimental videos will also be considered.

Only work submitted by Tarleton Students and alumni will be considered, however, videos do not have to have been created for a specific class or specific year at Tarleton - it can be work that you produce independently, outside of class time, or even after you graduate. Submitted films don’t have to be your most recent work, just your best.

All videos should be under 10 minutes.

Quality Control:
Intentional low-tech art can be amazing, and if you think you have a strong piece, please submit it. For films that are meant to look HD/professional, be aware that videos that lose too much visual information due to resolution, compression, bitrate and size issues will look very disappointing on a large cinema screen – so be aware of the quality of your work before submitting. If your work is amazing but the quality is too poor to see or hear well, it most likely will not be selected for the screening.