South Texas Underground Film Festival(STUFF), is organized by 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).

We provide a festival that showcases all kinds of work from filmmakers, visual artists and musicians while providing educational opportunities during the festival.

STUFF is located in Corpus Christi, Texas with venues located at Del Mar College, Downtown Corpus Christi and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

STUFF features: Short Film Series, Hecho en Tejas Showcase, Animation, Experimental, Midnight Films and other special selections.

Julia Arredondo(Vice Versa Press) called STUFF "the hookup of the year". STUFF has a mixer and an after party everyday of the festival and you may find the "After-After Party".

Life long friendships and partnerships have been made with attendees.

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

“the team at STUFF have put on a top class festival. The programming is second to none – we have seen some amazing films here – and the hospitality has been endless. Mixers every day, after parties, free stuff, you name it. We have made some really great friends and I hope we get an opportunity to come back sometime.”
- Donna McRae(Filmmaker- Johnny Ghost)

"People have a different kind of drama, sense of humor. It’s great to see from different backgrounds and cultures. These kinds of festivals are made for this. Especially when filmmakers make a festival for filmmakers. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
– Niko Kostet(Filmmaker-Christian Dreadful, Pyro)

"STUFF is like the punk rock answer to a lot of mainstream films/fests. When you come to STUFF you never know what you're going to get."
- Jeremy Gomez(Filmmaker)

"The crowd was really good and engaged, and it was a laid back screening. I think sometimes people take these festivals too seriously when it's supposed to be fun."
- James Christopher(Filmmaker)

"The energy is really cool here. STUFF is really close to Austin and I always feel welcome here. I see the completely different scenes and different festivals from other parts of Texas and from around the world mixing here and I think that's really cool." - Nathan Felix(Musician/Composer)

“a massive celebration of international alternative cinema”
– Mike Everleth(The Underground Film Journal)

"I know I don’t want to see cookie cutter projects or revamping of things that I’ve seen before. I truly believe that the underground is where the heart and soul and substance of art is at. The perspectives on story telling and self expression are amazing. In the words of Bjork, “DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE!””
– Mariella Perez(STUFF - Director)

The South Texas Underground Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates a diverse range of works by independent filmmakers from around the world. STUFF is a non-competitive film festival. 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. A STUFF Medal was developed in 2016 to honor winning filmmakers in attendance during the Sunday Brunch Filmmaker Round Table.

*Accepted Formats: Refer to for format options. BluRays will be accepted for Feature Length Films only. DVDs will not be accepted.
*Short Films will be accepted in Digital Format only (ProRes, H.264, etc) and through (dropbox, google drive, wetransfer, etc.). Playlists and BluRays are created from your Digital Files for playback.
*Films submitted in languages other than English must include English Subtitles imprinted on film. Please no separate Text Files, etc.
*Exhibition copies must be turned in no later than 3 weeks before the festival or we cannot guarantee your film will be screened.
*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.
*Please DO NOT submit your film/media in a jewel case as the cases will break in transit and ruin your disks (please submit disks in paper sleeves and in a bubble wrapped envelope)
*Please DO NOT send disc's with sticker labels. It can stick to the players and/or drives
*Cost of shipping film/media to STUFF is the responsibility of the entrant.
*Exhibition copies must be sent to South Texas Underground Film prepaid with postage to Return media back to filmmaker.
*South Texas Underground Film Festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.
*Entry fees are non-refundable.
*Fee Waivers and Discounts available. Send request to
* STUFF alum waivers available.
*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

Overall Rating
  • Rita De Castro

    Rob is an awesome curator of this fabulous film festival! Only film festival (not challenge/competition) in South Texas/Coastal Bend area! From the communication to the networking opportunities, STUFF really cares about their filmmakers, both from the past and upcoming! An entry to this festival is totally worth it!

    December 2018
  • I wish I could be there. because I know I miss something special.

    April 2018
  • Michael Fausti

    An exceptional festival with outstanding communication from one of the friendliest teams you will ever encounter. We were kept informed at every stage of the process. These guys have great taste in films and put together an awesome programme. Will definitely be submitting future projects to this top notch festival.

    March 2018
  • Lucia Ahrensdorf

    I had such a wonderful time at this festival! Would highly recommend attending and staying for a few days. Rob and Mariella's programming was unique and brilliant and they were incredibly supporting and hospitable.

    February 2018
  • The Underground Film Studio

    A wonderful festival which we have screened at 3 times over the years, they are always incredibly supportive, communicative and friendly. highly recommended!

    February 2018