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, November 12-15, 2020.

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, 406 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 1, 2020.

14.Notification of selection will occur on or before October 9, 2020. 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
  • Jason Angco-Barrera

    Great festival. Lots of fun.

    November 2020
  • Mark Johnson

    I really enjoyed and appreciated this film festival and the city of Rockport. This festival receives lovely support from the local community and the town itself is great. Fantastic seafood, a great beach, and very affordable. And if you happen to be a filmmaker who is into fishing, you will be in heaven. The weather this time of year on the Texas coast is amazing. This was a rough year to host an in-person festival because of Covid-19, but RFF gamely rose to the challenge of doing it safely and with style. The quality of the films selected, including the number of international offerings impressed me. I hope to return again, either as a filmmaker or an attendee.

    November 2020
  • Greg Pasztor

    Great selection and diversity of films! Friendly festival staff and a welcoming community.

    February 2020
  • 2nd year I've had the privilege of being a part of this event. Both experiences have been amazing. Elena puts on a wonderful event, and brings in some spectacular films.

    December 2019
  • Hartin Entertainment Studios

    very exciting for me,my Movie got praise and enjoyed it.

    November 2019