Rivercity Underground Film Festival (RUFF) has recently made changes as we continue to learn and grow with the idea that it is our privilege to serve the independent filmmaker and their works.
RUFF focus on avant-garde, art-house, independent and no/low budget film-making, this event will take place the 1st weekend of December in San Antonio, Texas.
Our program provides a venue for filmmakers to reinvent and explore new approaches, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. We aim to present a wide range of work exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the concept of “underground”.
We’re looking for films made with passion, obsession and drive; films that go beyond expectations and genre; films, video and audio projects that strive to push the boundaries of accepted form and content. A strong sense of authorship is a must.

While we tend to stride to be a little outside the box when awarding filmmakers by opening up to several different genres and categories we will try our best to at least find the few diamonds in the rough in the following categories:

Best Movie
Best Director
Best Male Role
Best Female Role
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Student Film Highschool/College

All winners receive a unique certificate designed for the festival and festival laurel.

Official selections will receive festival laurel

-Work must be the original work of the submitted.

-Rivercity Underground Film Festival reserves the right to change the programming at anytime.

-All genres considered.

-All non-English movies with dialogues or voice over must include English subtitles.

-Work completed by film students in high school and college must email copy of student ID or transcript of current school year to rivercityundergroundff@yahoo.com to fully qualified for category.

-We reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the festival to be offensive, violent or racist.

-The 2020 festival is for films produced January 2018 or after.

-Judges decisions are Final.

Overall Rating

    👍🏾 Creative, responsive, well-meaning, cool.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alison for the review we appreciate it. We were appreciative of our privilege to be able to see so many great submissions like yourself which make the even a success. We hope to see you back for next years festival.

  • J William Boothman II

    For it’s 3rd year, this small, one day festival made the most of it’s size, fostering an intimate, connected experience. There was a great film selection, concessions, and artistic venue in a well equipped, community theater. The small size allowed thorough Q & A’s and networking. I fully enjoyed it and will be back.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    We had the best time this year talking with everyone and we are more than grateful to have had your work shown at this years event. We do look forward to seeing you again and thank you for the rating it helps up know where we are and what we need to improve. If you have any other comments or concerns please feel free to communicate with us.

  • Troy Hicks

    Our cast and crew were excited to be apart of this festival!..Couldn't make it to festival..Great communication!..Look forward to participating in the next one!!..

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Troy, thank you for being part of our Festival we look forward to seeing you next year!

  • Lisa Ovies

    While I was not able to attend I had good communication and an overall good experience. Not sure what it was like to attend in person but I would personally submit again.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    we do hope to see your submission for next year and we would have loved to see every filmmaker make the festival, but we understand and we still are very appreciative of the support that you all do offer. Thank you once again and see you in a few months.

  • From everything I've seen and read, this was a great festival. Unfortunately, communication with them was not great. I emailed multiple times about times and locations of screenings. I was planning on making the trip to Austin to be there, but I didnt find out the venue of the screening until the morning of. Better communication would be greatly appreciated.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your honest review and we will continue to strive to do better especially in our communication. Without the support of our filmmakers we can not continue to grow and become a great place for you all to be able to showcase your work. Thank you and we hope that our mistakes will not discourage you from coming back next year.