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. Feature-length films will have the option of appearing on our podcast "Film Noobs" and a referral to our distribution partner (contracts are drawn on an individual basis, and are between the filmmaker and the distributor).

Official selections will receive festival laurel

-Work must be original work submitted.

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

-All genres considered.

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

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

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

-The 2023 festival is for films produced in January 2021 or after.

-Judges' decisions are Final.

Overall Rating
  • This is a great film festival for local talent to showcase their abilities using a shoe string budget. The organizers are very responsive and immediately communicated how the festival would be handled during the pandemic.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    We are very appreciative of your review and we hope to continue to provide that showcase for all talented filmmakers. Looking forward to your next film.

  • Toby Yarbrough

    the festival was great and I would be putting my next film back into this festival

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much and we will be looking forward to seeing your next film.

  • Erin Kokdil

    Excellent communication. What an incredible space that has been created for emerging filmmakers. We were fortunate enough to have films from our summer Youth Media Academy screened at the festival. We look forward to submitting more in the years to come. On behalf of the young people we serve, "Thank you!"

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    We were so impressed with the quality of films created by your students. Every one of them had such a positive theme to them, man it made our day every time we saw one. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of seeing the many great films from your students.

  • M Noe

    Despite Cancellation due to Covid, this fest still honors the filmmakers with official laurels and awards as well as offers perks for next year's edition. Keep up the good job.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your film process and we hope we can continue to give back even just a little to all of your hard work. We hope to see you back next year.

  • I'm so excited to have won in my hometown. Thanks to RiverCity Underground Film Festival for appreciating my work. My 20 min short was produced on a micro budget with a limited crew of local actors. However, my team put in a lot of work, time and passion to complete Traces of Eliza.  It goes to show you that if you are passionate about your work no matter the budget or constraints we can all come out a winner. Once again thank you for your support. Rivercity Underground Film Festival was extremely professional in their communication, awards and support for local film-makers. I hope to be a part of your festival next year. Thanks to all the RUFF crew.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Carlos, thank you for the awesome review. It is our hope to always provide local and indie budget filmmakers a platform to be able to showcase their great work. We just hope that we can continue to be part of y'all journey.