The South Texas International Film Festival would like to inform our submitters, participants, and attendees that despite the recent outbreak of COVID-19 that has
struck the U.S. and the World, our event is planned as scheduled from September 9-12.
However, if the situation calls for it, we have prepared a contingency plan to postpone
but not cancel the Festival.

In the same manner, we will be delaying our notification date from May 15th to Monday,
June 1st of this year. We want to acknowledge the hard work filmmakers have put into
making the films. Our team is working around the clock to guarantee that all films are
taken into due consideration as they deserve.

We are constantly looking at options to provide you with a meaningful and uplifting
experience in this time of unpredictability and pandemic. We highly encourage you to
practice social distancing and to follow instructions from the WHO and your local health
administration. Watch as many movies as you can… at home, of course. Stay safe.


The South Texas International Film Festival is an annual event hosted in Edinburg, Texas in the United States. We're an up and coming film festival dedicated to showcasing the best of the new film market, honing our programming and events to a demonstration of cultural diversity, fresh ideas, and just straight up fun.

The City of Edinburg Library and the Cultural Arts would like to invite to submit and attend for the 6th edition of the STXIFF to be held from September 9th through September 12th, 2020. 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 stxiff@edinburglibrary.us or contact through FilmFreeway. Hope to see you around! ¡Abrazo!

2020 South Texas International Film Festival
Submission Guidelines

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 STXIFF is an annual event that showcases the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, our Festival features State, National, and International films that bring together local filmmakers and connects the South Texas film industry with the world.

This year, the Festival will run from September 9th through September 12th of 2020 for its sixth edition. The submission guidelines for the 2020 South Texas International Film Festival (henceforth also referred to as “Festival” and “STXIFF”) are as follows:

1. Call for entry for the 2019 STXIFF will open on October 4th, 2019. Final submissions close at 11:59 PM on April 27th, 2020. Deadlines will have four different final dates:
a. Early Bird Entry: October 4th, 2019 – December 23rd, 2019
b. Regular Entry: December 24th, 2019 – March 9th, 2020
c. Late Entry: March 10th, 2020 – April 6th, 2020
d. Extended Entry: April 7th, 2020 – April 27th, 2020

2. All genres and subgenres are accepted, as long as the STXIFF Committee considers they align with the mission and vision of the Festival.

3. Feature films must be between sixty (60) minutes and one-hundred and ten (120) minutes in length, including credits. Short films must be between two (2) minutes and thirty (30) minutes, including credits.

4. In order to be eligible for competition, films must have been completed after January 1st, 2018. Films completed before this date, will not be selected for competition but may be selected for a showcase.

5. The competing film must not be available online or physically for purchase, renting, or free streaming. You may have your film online but private (i.e. password or private link).

6. Film submissions will be admitted only through FilmFreeway.

7. The minimum requirement for selected films is H.264 codec in resolution 1920x1080.

8. If selected, the deadline to submit your film, poster, and three stills will be Monday, June 30th of 2020 before 11:59 PM.

9. Trailers are required for feature films only and must also be submitted by June 30th, 2020. Short films may submit trailers by the same date but it is not a requirement.

10. Films which do not have English as their original language must have English subtitles included in the film screener and final projection file.

11. Each of the following categories can be either in documentary or narrative format. The Festival accepts animation for any category and format. These are the competition categories for the 2020 STXIFF:
a. Feature Film
i. International
ii. National
iii. Texas
b. Short Film
i. International
ii. National
iii. Texas
iv. RGV
v. RGV Students

12. These are the prizes that will be awarded this year at the 2019 STXIFF:
i) Best International Feature
ii) Best National Feature
iii) Best Texas Feature
iv) Best International Short
v) Best National Short
vi) Best Texas Short
vii) Best Student Film – RGV Student
viii) Best RGV Short
ix) Best RGV Director
x) Best RGV Actor
xi) Best RGV Actress
xii) Audience Award
xiii) The Pitch Award

13. In order to be eligible as a finalist on “The Pitch: Feature Film Screenplay Competition”, the contestant must attend on the day of The Pitch event and present their screenplay to the panel of juries. The Pitch event will most likely take place on September 12th, 2020.

14. A Jury of industry professionals will determine the winners of each category previous to the start of the Festival. The decisions will be final and unappealable and will be announced during the Award Ceremony on September 12th, 2020.

15. Volunteers, staff, and employees of the STXIFF, Dustin Sekula Memorial Library, City of Edinburg or Edinburg Arts Foundation 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 no later than April 27th, 2020. The STXIFF will review the appeal and give a response before notification date.

16. By submitting your film, you grant permission to the Festival to use up to thirty (30) seconds of your film for Festival promotion.

17. Any other situation not considered in these submission guidelines will be reviewed by the South Texas International Film Festival.

18. We recommend you carefully review these guidelines and please email stxiff@edinburglibrary.us if you have any additional questions.

DISCLAIMER: In an effort to ensure fairness and transparency within our regional film competition, we invite professional filmmakers from outside the Rio Grande Valley to view and to select the films in our regional competition. This process provides an equal platform for all local filmmakers in the RGV.

Overall Rating
  • Cautiva y Desarmada

    Sadly we were not able to attend, but the communication was very fluid and, as much as we could follow it from afar, the festival was a genuine event.

    October 2019
  • Chan'Cellore Makanjuola

    Thank you for giving our film, Mr. Zoot Suit, the Best Documentary Short Award! I couldn't be there personally, but members of my film attended and really enjoyed the event. Thank you for your hospitality, and I look forward to submitting more works in the future! Great festival overall!

    October 2019
  • Victor M. Dueñas

    Our entire "Bibi" Short Film team would like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the honor to screen our beloved short film at the 5th Annual South Texas International Film Festival. We are truly humbled by the recognition of winning three awards ("Best RGV Actor", "Best RGV Director" and "Best RGV Short Film") and blown away by how well "Bibi" was received by audiences across the Rio Grande Valley. This is why we create the work that we do, and we are grateful to know we've touched the hearts of many.

    There is a lot of talent in the Valley and we are excited to keep supporting the festival and future film projects in the area. Cheers to a fantastic festival and we look forward to seeing STXIFF grow.

    September 2019
  • Vicente Almuna

    What a beautiful festival with an awesome selection of films. It's been an honor to be part of it.
    The team was amazing and the communication worked perfectly.
    Definitely a a festival worth submitting to. We feel extremely grateful to have been part of it. Great work!!

    September 2019
  • Fantastic festival! Great staff and communication. Excellent lodging. Very caring people working the event. Very classy award ceremony. Cant wait to submit again!

    September 2019