The City of Edinburg, in an effort to promote the visual arts and the growing Film industry in the Rio Grande Valley has developed an annual selective film festival, the South Texas International Film Festival.

The South Texas Film Festival is an annual celebration of the art of cinema. STXIFF is a competitive film festival that showcases the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, STXIFF showcases regional, national, and international films that have a unique voice and prides itself as a welcoming hub for thriving and aspiring storytellers. We focus on personal engagement with filmmakers with a South Texas Hospitality flare!

The City of Edinburg would like to invite you to submit and attend for the 8th South Texas International Film Festival to be held from September 8 through 10, 2022. Our Festival is geared towards new and experienced filmmakers and filmgoers alike by offering a variety of events such as screenings, workshops, panels, mixers, and of course our iconic Awards Ceremony.

Any questions on submissions, visiting, or about the STXIFF in general, please email arts@cityofedinburg.com or contact us through FilmFreeway.

These are the prizes that will be awarded at the 8th STXIFF:
a) Best International Feature Film
b) Best National Feature Film
c) Best Texas Feature Film
d) Best Documentary Feature Film (International, U.S., Texas or RGV)
e) Best National Short Film
f) Best Texas Short Film
g) Best RGV Short Film
h) Best Documentary Short Film (International, U.S., Texas or RGV)
i) Best Animated Film (International, U.S., Texas or RGV)
j) Best Music Video
k) Best Texas Student Short Film
l) Best RGV Director
m) Best RGV Actor
n) Best RGV Actress
o) Best Director
p) Best Actor
q) Best Actress
r) Edinburg Film Friendly Award (must be filmed in Edinburg, TX)
s) The Pitch Award

South Texas International Film Festival
General Submission Guidelines

1. The 8th edition of the South Texas International Film Festival (STXIFF) will be held from September 8th to 10th, 2022 in Edinburg, Texas.
2. The South Texas International Film Festival is hosted and organized by the City of Edinburg.
3. Call for entries for the 8th STXIFF will open on March 23rd, 2022. Final submissions close at 11:59 PM on June 19th, 2022. Deadlines will have four different dates:
1. Early Bird Entry: March 30th – April 20th, 2022
2. Regular Entry: April 21th – May 13th, 2022
3. Late Entry: May 14th – June 5th, 2022
4. Extended Entry: June 6th – June 26th, 2022
4. The Official Selection will be announced on July 8th, 2022 via email to filmmakers and through the STXIFF social media platforms.
5. All genres and subgenres are accepted.
6. Submissions will be considered incomplete if the following are not included in the initial Film Freeway submission: Trailer, Poster, and Synopsis.
7. Feature films must be between sixty (60) minutes and one-hundred and twenty (120) minutes in length, including credits. Short films must be between two (2) minutes and thirty (30) minutes, including credits.
8. All films will be eligible for a possible showcase, but to be eligible for competition and thus an award, the film:
a) Must have been completed after January 1st, 2019.
b) Must not be publicly available online or physically for purchase or renting. The film may be online but private (i.e. password or private link) or streaming at a film festival. Secondary Students are exempt from this guideline.
c) Must have the rights to all songs and other copyright material.
9. Film submissions will be admitted only through FilmFreeway.
10. The minimum requirement for selected films is H.264 codec in resolution 1920x1080.
11. If selected, you must submit the following by July 31st, 2022 by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time:
a) Film projection file.
b) Film trailer or teaser.
c) Three (3) film stills.
d) Film poster.
e) Press picture of director(s) (HD).
f) One-paragraph biography of director(s).
g) One-paragraph film synopsis.
12. Films that do not have English as their original language must have English subtitles included in the film screener and final projection file.
13. Each film may only participate in one category. The competition categories for the 8th edition of the STXIFF are as follows:
a) RGV Short Film
i) An RGV film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the Rio Grande Valley (i.e. Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy, and Zapata Counties).
b) Texas Short Film
i) A Texas film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the state of Texas.
c) Texas Feature Film
i) A Texas film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the state of Texas.
d) National Short Film
i) A National film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the United States.
e) National Feature Film
i) A National film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the United States.
f) International Short Film
i) An International film is considered a film that was produced and shot anywhere in the world except for the United States.
g) International Feature Film
i) An International film is considered a film that was produced and shot anywhere in the world except for the United States.
h) Texas Student Short Film
i) A Texas student film is considered a film that was predominantly produced and shot in the State of Texas by Texas secondary education students.
i) Documentary
i) Feature
ii) Short
j) Animation Film
(1) Animation films are comprised of stop-motion and animation genres and may be of feature-length or short.
k) Music Video
(1) Short
13) These are the prizes that will be awarded at the 8th STXIFF:
a) Best International Feature Film
b) Best National Feature Film
c) Best Texas Feature Film
d) Best Documentary Feature Film (International, U.S., Texas, or RGV)
e) Best National Short Film
f) Best Texas Short Film
g) Best RGV Short Film
h) Best Documentary Short Film (International, U.S., Texas, or RGV)
i) Best Animated Film (International, U.S., Texas, or RGV)
j) Best Music Video
k) Best Texas Student Short Film
l) Best RGV Director
m) Best RGV Actor
n) Best RGV Actress
o) Best Director
p) Best Actor
q) Best Actress
r) Edinburg Film Friendly Award (must be filmed in Edinburg, TX)
s) The Pitch Award
14. The Pitch Competition will take place on Saturday, October 1st, 2022. Selected writers must be present on the day of the event in order to qualify for a prize. The winner will be announced that same day at the 8th STXIFF Award Ceremony. Participants must submit a title & logline, 200-300 word synopsis, and concept art in order for it to be considered complete. Participants may submit a script but it is not required. The complete guidelines for The Pitch will be available on the STXIFF website.
15. The 48-Hour Film Race will begin on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 and filmmakers must turn in their film on Sunday, September 25th. The complete guidelines for The 48-Hour Film Race will be available on the STXIFF website.
16. A Jury of industry professionals will determine the winners of each category. The decisions will be final and unappealable and will be announced during the Award Ceremony.
17. Staff of the STXIFF and STXIFF Planning Committee members may not participate in any of the films which compete for an award. This includes but is not limited to actress, actor, director, writer, producer, or any other member of the production team of the film. If the producer and/or director wishes to appeal a crew member’s conflict of interest, they may do so by contacting the STXIFF staff before submitting a film. The STXIFF will review the appeal and give a response within 15 days of informing the STXIFF Staff. Deadline dates may be affected by your appeal; we recommend informing STXIFF Staff 1 month prior to a deadline.
18. By submitting your film, you grant permission to the Festival to use up to thirty (30) seconds of your film, trailer, stills, press picture, synopsis, bio, and all other submitted information for Festival promotion without limitation and at its sole and complete discretion in perpetuity for the production and promotion of the South Texas International Film Festival.
19. The South Texas International Film Festival takes all necessary precautions to prevent copy and intellectual rights from being stolen, however, the film submitter takes all responsibility for any loss and stolen property by submitting to STXIFF and will to the maximum extent allowed by law agree to indemnify and hold harmless and defend the City of Edinburg, the South Texas International Film Festival, its agents, employees, officers, and volunteers from and against any claim, loss, damage, liability, and expense including reasonable attorney’s fees, incurred or suffered by them by reason of all claims, demands, or causes of actions asserted or that may be asserted against any or all of the named parties, whether alleging intentional or negligent acts or omissions, and whether seeking compensatory or punitive damages, and involving, arising out of, or relating to the submission agreement and any other claims against any staff or agent of the South Texas International Film Festival and the City of Edinburg.
20. By submitting your film, you are allowing STXIFF to screen/stream your film during the event dates. If you decide to remove your film from screening, you must notify STXIFF staff at least two months prior to the event date. Your film will not be eligible for a prize if it does not screen during the event.
21. Any other situation not considered in these submission guidelines will be reviewed by the South Texas International Film Festival.
22. We recommend you carefully review these guidelines and please email arts@cityofedinburg.com if you have any additional questions.
23. DISCLAIMER: In an effort to ensure fairness and transparency within our regional film competition, we invite professional filmmakers from outside the Rio Grande Valley as part of the programming team to view and select the films in our RGV competition. This process provides an equal platform for all local filmmakers in the RGV.

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  • STXIFF operated a great virtual festival with some amazing films. Communication and hospitality were top notch as well. Well done!

    February 2021
  • STXIFF puts on a wonderul and well organized film festival. The festival staff was very communicative and kept me up to date with festival news. Thank you STXIFF for selecting my project, Sedalia to screen at the 7th Annual STXIFF!

    February 2022
  • Under the most difficult of circumstances due to the pandemic, this festival came through on all counts! Highly recommended!

    February 2022
  • Jason Angco-Barrera

    It's a pandemic. it was my first year being accepted into STXIFF and I was excited to go back home. unfortunately, the pandemic happened again. Can't really review a festival that you didn't attend.

    January 2022
  • Michael Erger

    Thanks for selecting my film Pescador. Everyone was really friendly and great to meet some other film people.

    June 2021