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 in the Del Mar College Cultural Art District.

STUFF features: Short Film Series, Hecho en Tejas Showcase, Animation, Experimental, International 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. STUFF is a free festival because the founders and organizers(all being artists) believe that artwork should be seen by everyone not just the elite few.

In 2016, STUFF was 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)

Awards & Prizes

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.

A STUFF Medal was developed in 2016 to honor films in various categories which the categories will change from year to year.

Rules & Terms

*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.)
*Films submitted in languages other than English must include English Subtitles
*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 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 30 minutes or shorter.
*Student Feature and Short Film category for filmmakers enrolled in school or university during Festival Screening (must have documented proof).
*These rules are for everyone, no exceptions

15 Reviews

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    Matthew McCoy

    As a first time filmmaker, I had a great experience with South Texas Underground Film festival. The folks at STUFF are friendly and hard working. Hope to be back soon. Thank ya'll!

    August 2017
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    Addison Heath

    STUFF is a brilliant festival for everyone looking for subversive and fresh new cinema. They played my previous film "Under A Kaleidoscope" and we were thrilled with being able to show our little film at such a class event. We will continue entering our films in to this exciting festival!

    June 2017
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    Louis Hunter

    My director attended and had a great time! No complaints and a lot of praise for the films and the networking.

    June 2017
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    Hunter Lee Hughes

    I had a terrific experience at South Texas Underground Film Festival - it was definitely one of the highlights of our film festival tour.

    Robert and Maria are not only passionate about indie film, but also two of the most caring and considerate festival directors I've ever met. They're building a community that not only involves college students, locals but also bright and talented filmmakers from around the country. The audiences are appreciative and ask great questions. And the festival has a great aesthetic to it - they were the best t-shirts from our entire festival tour. That aesthetic guides them in selecting great films and curating a wonderful experience.

    This is a festival on the rise - look out!

    May 2017
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    Brian Lonano

    True champions of underground film. I owe Maria and Robert a debt of gratitude for showcasing my films at their festival. Corpus Christi needs you guys and filmmakers like me need you too. Keep up the great work!

    December 2016