We have changed our name, but our core values remain the same. As Panther City Film Festival (PCFF), formerly The Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, our goals are still to promote collaboration among filmmakers; and to call attention to the quality work produced within the independent film movement. For our part, we provide a platform for filmmakers to showcase and share their work. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in multiple panels scheduled throughout the festival. Aside from the formal screening and panel schedule, there are constant networking opportunities. We love seeing directors, actors, writers, and tech people make new connections. We also look for people whose skills we think might be complementary, and make the introductions.
In short, we seek to be a festival where filmmakers receive encouragement. We're working to be a festival where more experienced artists can give guidance and ideas to newer artists. At PCFF, we believe that we are stronger when we work together.

A panel of independent Judges will determine the category winners.
The basic categories are as follows:
Best "Domestic" Feature - For the purposes of this festival, a "domestic" film is produced in Texas.
Best "Domestic" Short - Again, the film must be produced in Texas to be considered in the "domestic" category.
Best "Foreign" Feature - This would be a film produced in any one of the 49 states that is not Texas, or any US Territory.
Best "Foreign" Short - Same rule as above. Produced in the US, anywhere outside of Texas.
Best International Feature - Any film produced outside of the US or any of it's territories.
Best International Short - Same as above.
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

Depending on the mix of films received, we will also award "best of" in the following categories:
Science Fiction
Music Video/Musical Film
Web Series

Audience Choice

We reserve the right to adjust award categories as the season develops.

In order to be fully and properly considered, films must be available to view through FilmFreeway’s online screening interface.

We do not provide fee waivers.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content contained and used within said entry.
(This means that you either own or have permission to use everything in the film.)

All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. It is the submitter’s responsibility to ensure the proper subtitled version is submitted.

Panther City Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications, promotions, or awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.

We will consider works in progress. However, the final screening copies must be received no later than one month before the festival.

If the running time of the final exhibition copy is significantly different than the reviewed screener, (such that it will not fit in the originally assigned time slot), the Panther City Film Festival reserves the right to change the screening time and date of the film. If we are unable to schedule an alternate time slot for an altered film, the Panther City Film Festival reserves the right to not screen the film. In the event this occurs, the film is still eligible for competition.

If the film is re-edited after screening and acceptance. Panther City Film Festival reserves the right to review the new edit prior to screening and further reserves the right to refuse screening of the updated cut. If a film is accepted based on an early cut in the submission process and later refused a screening based on an updated cut of the film, the film will retain its acceptance status and will remain in competition.

Acceptance to the festival and placement on the schedule is not an absolute guarantee of screening during the festival. Technical malfunctions and/or occurrences beyond the festival’s control such as facility power outages, emergency evacuations, natural disasters, etc. may create such a delay that we are unable to show all films. In cases such as this, we will make every effort to show the film, however, based on the length of delay it may not be possible.

Officially selected films must be available for download as soon as possible after notification, but no later than two weeks before the start date of the festival. We prefer film are submitted as MP4 files (23.98 fps), as those have been the most dependable playing format. If you submit your film in a different format or frame rate and we discover upon testing the file that it will not play properly on our equipment. We will contact you for a differently formatted file. If we do not receive a response, we will render the file ourselves to create an MP4 version. If we are unable to properly render the film to a workable format with the correct aspect ratio, we may opt not to screen the film. In the event this occurs, the film will retain its “Official Selection” status and will remain eligible for competition.

Due to the fact that it is getting harder to acquire equipment to play DVD or Blu-Ray discs, please do not submit physical discs. If we cannot screen your film because we don't have access to the necessary equipment to play your disc, your film will retain it's official selection status and will remain eligible for competition.

Panther City Film Festival (PCFF) will not stream films during the festival.
PCFF will not “rip” your screener from YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting platform.
It is the submitter’s responsibility to provide a viable screening copy no later than two weeks prior to the festival start date.
Failure to provide a viable screening copy will result in removal from the screening schedule.

Please monitor FilmFreeway for the status of your submission.
Email will be the primary means of communications. If you have not received notifications shortly after the final submission deadline passes, check your spam or junk mail folder. If the messages did not route to one of those folders then contact the festival director with an alternate email address.
If you prefer some other means of electronic communications, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your reasonable request.

Overall Rating
  • Great experience, professional communication, thanks for having me!

    August 2023
  • Robert Thompsett

    It is with immense gratitude that I acknowledge the honour bestowed upon me by Panther City Film Festival. Winning the Best Short Film Script award for my script Done By Five is an accolade I will cherish.

    The festival’s commitment to celebrating creativity and providing a platform for emerging artists is inspiring and has certainly provided me with the momentum to continue doing what I love. Thank you, Panther City Film Festival, for your recognition and the incredible work you do to support and elevate the art of film.

    July 2023
  • Megan Morrison

    Honored to have my music video 'Devil Said Roam' selected for this festival!

    July 2023
  • I was thrilled to have our film selected for the Panther City Film Festival. Although I could not attend in person, I was impressed by the festival's programming.

    July 2023
  • Jeremy Hawa

    Keep growing Texas film Panther City

    July 2023