STUFF in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi wants to see your STUFF!

Call for Entries! We want your Horror, Midnight, B-Movies, WTFs, Animation, Experimental, Documentary, Texas Films, International, LGBTQ, BIPOC, Sisterhood, Student, Features and Shorts! If it's Crazy, the Better!

South Texas Underground Film’s sole mission is to engage and inspire the community by screening films without discrimination, creating new films, teaching the art of filmmaking, and networking with fellow filmmakers.

STUFF provides an International platform that showcases all kinds of voices. STUFF creates opportunities to have conversations between local | International Filmmakers that are diverse in background | culture |beliefs without discrimination with our inquisitive audiences during live Q&A's. There are plenty of fun networking opportunities with breakfast, luncheon, mixers, after parties, and after- after parties.

STUFF is also a firm believer that knowledge is power and we can all learn from each other with daily panels and workshops during the fest.

STUFF is located in Corpus Christi, Texas with all films screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi.

South Texas Underground Film Festival (STUFF), is organized by LGBTQIA and BIPOC artists of different mediums for artists of different mediums (South Texas Underground Film (STUF)(Texas Non-Profit) and Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) / Del Mar College (DMC) Chapter(501c3).

STUFF has featured many World, American, and Texas Premieres along with special selections such as: Hecho en Tejas Showcase, Made In Corpus Christi, Sisterhood In Film, LGBTQ, Horror, Animation, Experimental, Midnight Films and other STUFF. Every year the Screening Blocks are subject to change and do not reflect the submission categories. Submission categories are there to help screeners sort through films easier.

Lifelong friendships and partnerships have been made with attendees. Attending the festival is highly encouraged.

Since 2016, STUFF continues to be named one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festival on FilmFreeway. In 2013, STUFF was 1 of 20 film festivals in the running for MovieMaker Magazines Coolest Experimental/Underground Film Festival in the world.

The South Texas Underground Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates a diverse range of works by independent filmmakers from around the world. The true vision of this festival is to recognize films for their excellence and give filmmakers a platform to share their works with a larger audience.

We feel that every film we screen at STUFF is a Winner, but we sometimes Honor and Award films with Laurels, Posts, Honors, Kudos and sometimes a medal or trophy.
2022, STUFF presented 17 Awards and Honors including the Best of Fest Awards!
(Best Feature, Best Short, Best Student, Director's Choice, The Elvis)

Artist/Musician Eric Calvert from Frost Giant Electronics and Switchblade Jesus designed the awards.

*MAKE SURE TO SUBMIT FILM IN CORRECT CATEGORY (If you are not from Texas or Corpus Christi, please do not submit into that category).

*If your film has been selected, please submit your feature or short in DCP, ProRes or H.264 format. DCP preferred but not required.

*Films submitted in languages other than English must include English Subtitles imprinted or burned on film. Please no separate Text Files, etc.

*Exhibition copies must be turned in by June 30, 2023 or we cannot guarantee your film will be screened.

*Cost of shipping film/media to STUFF is the responsibility of the entrant.

*STUFF has a "Right to Screen" clause. By submitting, you are giving South Texas Underground Film Festival the right to screen your film if you are selected to Festival, even if you change your mind.

*Works in Progress will be considered, but must be complete and ready for Film Festival by June 30, 2023.

*South Texas Underground Film Festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

*Entry fees are non-refundable.

*There are no Fee Waivers. Follow our social media for Discounts.

*STUFF has the right to disqualify films with no refunds if Rules or Requirements are not met.

*Features Films are 45 minutes or longer.

*Short Films are 44 minutes or shorter.

*These rules are for everyone, no exceptions

**If your film is online or streaming, there is a good chance you might not get accepted into STUFF. Please keep films private or let us know if you have film online. This rule sometimes break ties when selecting films to screen.

**Local Corpus Christi Filmmakers: Your film cannot have played/screened publicly in local area Film Contest, exhibition or any film festivals within a 50 mile radius of Corpus Christi, Texas. Film should be private and not openly streaming on social media platforms. The only exception is the Student filmmakers that screens in a school setting or part of a school related screening. If Student has a film screening online or on social media, it is highly encouraged to have your film on private settings.

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  • We had such a great time at STUFF! Rob and his crew are all wonderful people who really made us feel like part of the family. Talking to them at the fest, you can tell they're actually invested in each of the films they selected. The vibe and atmosphere of the fest is geared toward fostering a community between independent filmmakers, and it felt like everyone in attendance was there to genuinely discover new indie cinema, rather than just cheer-leading their own films. All in all, one of my favorite festival experiences!

    January 2023
  • Lucia Sherman

    A hearty thank you to Mariella and Robert for screening my film, Gypsy Rose Leezinski--and for creating a supportive festival for independent filmmakers. I was treated respectfully, and there was excellent communication all around. And even though I was unable to attend STUFF, my lead actor attended and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I will definitely submit my next film to STUFF and urge all filmmakers to do so, as it's very much worth attending!

    December 2022
  • Marcelina Chavira

    Such a fun festival! I was honored that my silly micro film was chosen for STUFF. Thank you so much for all the hard work, and I hope to participate again next year!

    December 2022
  • Krista Leigh Steinke

    Had a great time seeing my film projected on the large screen at the Alamo Drafthouse. Great crowd and friendly hosts. I also loved all the merch!

    December 2022
  • Kelly Polk

    I am so thankful to Robert and Maria for putting on a beautifully curated week of films and events. I came all the way from NYC and was welcomed with immense southern hospitality. Thank you again for nominating and screening my film Plant Story, and all your hard work.

    December 2022