To celebrate our fifth exciting year, the Texas Christian Film Festival, hosted by Bethany Christian Church in Houston, Texas is launching our first contest for theme-based "Inspired" shorts under 12 minutes in four categories. Reconciliation, Hope, Healing, and Joy.

Each filmmaker is encourage to submit a -12 minute short (produced after January 2015) that is inspired by one of our themes, one of the suggested Bible verses or one of your own that aligns with one of the four the theme categories.

Verses are included in your submission guidelines.

Winners will be awarded for Best of Theme in each of the four categories, Best of Festival, and Audience Awards.

Additional awards will be detailed in September 2016.

2017 Texas Christian Film Festival
Short Film Competition Rules and Terms
We are excited that you are considering submission of your short film to the 2017 Texas Christian Film Festival. Our goal is to encourage excellence in filmmaking while also supporting Christian values. Please read the rules and terms before you submit your work. Texas Christian Film Festival reserves the right to reject any submission.
1. Entries should be submitted under one of the following four theme categories: Reconciliation, Hope, Healing or Joy. Additionally, each entry should cite a specific Scripture (one of the examples provided or one of the filmmaker’s own) that was an inspiration for the film short.
2. Entries will be judged in the following areas, each rated on a scale of one to five with the highest cumulative score winning that category: 1) Adherence to theme, 2) Demonstration of inspirational scripture or Christian values, 3) Film production, and 4) Story. Awards will include: Best of Category, Audience favorite, and Best of Festival.
3. Entries must be 12 minutes or less.
4. Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker or filmmaker team.
5. Entries must be submitted by Friday, November 4, 2016.
6. Online screeners are required. The preferred method of submission is through If you choose not to upload your project to FilmFreeway’s site, please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password in an email correspondence sent directly to If you choose to send a DVD screener as well, please format it in NTSC, label the cover with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, film title, filmmaker name, email address and telephone number, and forward it to the Texas Christian Film Festival, c/o Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098.
7. Each entry should include a slate on the head indicating the theme and scripture which inspired the entry along with filmmaker(s) name, film title and running time,
8. Texas Christian Film Festival does not download submissions or accept Dropbox submissions. Please only send links to your media hosted on 3rd party servers such as Vimeo or YouTube.
9. Submissions not in English must be subtitled.
10. DVD Entries will not be returned.
11. Submissions with:
a. nudity or scant clothing
b. excessive violence
c. profanity
will not be considered.
Thank you again for your interest in the Texas Christian Film Festival Short Film Competition. May Providence shine on your work as a filmmaker.

Overall Rating
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    August 2017
  • dilu weerasingha

    I received best healing short film award.Very happy.Good communication.I am waiting for m award until I get it via post

    March 2017
  • Shafron Hawkins

    Seems like a great platform for feedback on Christian short films.

    February 2017
  • I was not able to attend the festival, but they treated me very well. My film, "Jilava" received the "Best of Festival" award. I'm hoping to attend next year!

    February 2017
  • Jason Ebeyer

    I was unable to attend, but the communication with the event leadership was excellent. They were very encouraging and friendly. Submission was easy and they were very professional regarding obtaining special permission to use a clip from my film in special promotion. Will submit again.

    February 2017