The Rockport Film Festival (RFF) celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast. Showcasing shorts, features, documentaries, animations and student films, Rockport Film Festival is a welcoming three-day event that highlights talent from Texas and all over the country and world.

RFF offers an affordable retreat where art meets environment, where filmmakers and attendees can network and relax, enjoying films that are rarely seen elsewhere without having to wait in long lines or navigate multiple theater venues. The Festival holds outdoor screenings, red carpet parties, and plays host to filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals all in the relaxing environment of Rockport, named a "Top-10 Coastal Art Community" by Coastal Living Magazine.

Alumni include Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD), Kat Candler (HELLION), Cindy Meehl (UNBRANDED, BUCK), Courtney Ware (SUNNY IN THE DARK), Brady Dial (RIDE AROUND THE WORLD, MAN ON A MISSION), Brett Whitcomb (ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION, GLOW), Andrew Garrison (TRASH DANCE), Nicole Torre (HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM), Sharon Burns (RETURN TO HONOR), Layton Blaylock (ART FROM THE STREETS), Jonny Mars (AMERICA'S PARKING LOT) and many more!

Best of Category Awards are presented after the festival concludes, as well as People's Choice. Special Jury designations are also often awarded: Best of Fest Award, Creative Spirit Award (for visual, performing or literary arts) and the Rotary International Humanitarian Award.

1.Submissions may be made through

2.All genres are welcome! International films must be either be in English or have English sub-titles.

3.Films must be available for screening during the festival, October 1 - November 3, 2019.

4.By submitting a film to RFF, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the RFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow RFF to promote the future year's festivals by using your film, in whole or part, in promotional "Best of" screenings. RFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the RFF.

5.You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.

6. RFF does not accept DVDs for submission copies.

7.If you must submit any physical materials, send to Rockport Film Festival attn: Elena Rodriugez, 106 S Austin, Rockport, TX, 78382. They will not be returned.

8. Secure Vimeo/You Tube links, etc. are accepted as submission copies. Secure Vimeo downloads are accepted as exhibition copies. Please provide a link and password (if applicable) to access the video. You may send link via email to

9.The selected works will be exhibited in digital format. Exhibition submissions should be Quicktime (.mov) files in H.264 codec or secure Vimeo downloads. Blu-Ray is available for feature length films only.

10.Exhibition copies will not be returned unless explicitly requested with a pre-paid mailer included. RFF is not responsible for lost or damaged DVDs or drives. DVD screeners are not returned.

11.The entry fee is non-refundable and constitutes agreement with RFF terms and conditions.

12.Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film. RFF is not liable for any infringement of copyright, and is granted rights to exhibit the film as part of the RFF program.

13.All entries must be postmarked by September 3rd, 2019.

14.Notification of selection will occur on or before October 10, 2019. RFF does not offer paid transportation or screening fees. Complimentary lodging is typically available to attending filmmakers on a first come, first serve basis.

15.Awards will be presented to the posted categories and announced after the festival concludes.

Terms & conditions: By entering the Rockport Film Festival, entrants release, and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Rockport Film Festival. The Rockport Film Festival is neither responsible nor liable for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to any film entered or exhibited at the festival. The applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. Filmmaker certifies and agrees with these terms upon completion of entry application.

Overall Rating
  • Adriano Ferreri

    Rockport Film Festival was a great experience! The community is amazing showing lots of support for filmmakers. Hospitality was top notch. Elena and the festival team run a smooth operation and made the filmmakers feel at home. Thanks so much for selecting and awarding our film!

    November 2018
  • Joshua J. Smith

    I was lucky enough to attend the festival and win an award - the sense of community and the outstanding treatment of the filmmakers makes this a must entry film festival. Managing director, Elena Rodriquez does an amazing job bringing out lots of the community to attend the screenings and she programs some great films.

    December 2017
  • Rodrigo Moreno

    Wonderful group of people. They went up and beyond to make sure us filmmakers felt appreciate it. Very professional. We will definitely submit our future work here.

    November 2017
  • Tyrone Smith

    The BEST experience I have had as a filmmaker was at this festival.
    Elena and everyone who put the festival together are devoted to Art.
    Everyone in Rockport are so kind and hospitable. A peaceful coastal town + Independent Cinema (Local & Abroad) = A Match Made in Cinema Heaven. I want to make another film just so I can come back again!
    Thanks for showing my Art!!!

    March 2017
  • Bill Parks

    Aside from the wonderful and friendly communication, what I really loved as a filmmaker was that my film got to be shown on its own. The Rockport Festival screened 5 features over 3 days and each one had its own individual time slot. You were not competing for attention with 15 short films before your feature (nor were the shorts competing with you--there were separate shorts-only screenings as well). No three and a half hour marathons or double-features.

    This meant a lot to me. It meant my work and the hard work of the other filmmakers got the attention they deserved. No matter how good your film is, if it is screening at 10 pm after 2 hours of other work, the audience will be tired and not focused.

    We pay fees to submit to festivals, and if our films our chosen, the least a festival can do is show it in the best way possible. I feel Rockport though its intelligent programming did just that.

    Finally, it was just plain cool that my New Zealand film on whitewater kayaking found an audience in Texas. They mean it when they say they feature Texas AND the world. And as I mentioned already, they were wonderful to deal with.

    November 2016