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 plaque 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 2018 festival is for films produced January 2017 or after.

-Judges decisions are Final.

Overall Rating
  • gustavo arteaga

    Awards were given, laurels were sent out and results published on-line. My film "The Wake" was given an award. Unfortunately the festival's live screenings were cancelled four days prior to the event. Bad communication until I raised my concerns on F.B. Worth mentioning that while the event is now listed as "Online Festival / Awards Event" the 2017 edition was listed as "Film Festival with Live Screenings". I don't know what to make of this. I just hope it all boils down to "teething problems" being a young festival finding its feet.

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    We would like to thank you for your honest feed back as we took a year off to reorganize and restructure the event as well as ourselves, we hope that some of those lessons learned from our as you say "teething" years don't go to waste and we hope that we will see your submission in the next event. Again thank you for the support and honest feedback.

  • Ira Farmer

    I wasn't able to attend the festival but the lines of communication and feed back from the festival were excellent, I look forward to entering this festival again

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feed back and we hope that we can continue to provide that level if not exceed as we get more experienced as a Festival so that we can provide you with the best experience we can.

  • Great team and a great festival!

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the support, we hope to continue to do our best to offer everyone a great experience.

  • Radheya Jegatheva

    Great communication all the way... wish I could have attended ... but being in Perth, Australia it was just not possible this time.

    AM sure this will keep growing to greater and greater heights

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you the review. We hope to see your work next year, you really impressed our panel of judges and our staff!

  • Twitchy Dolphin Flix

    grear start to the fest. Should grow in the coming years.

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Twitch Dolphin Flix,
    Thank you for the rating as it has given us room for improvement and grow, as our first year it has been a real learning experience and we hope to earn our stars with everyone that is involved with our festival.