In 1993, Texas A&M Film Society member Paul Alvarado- Dykstra, whose mission was to, “celebrate the vision and enterprise of America’s finest contemporary independent and minority filmmakers,” created the Texas Film Festival. Since its inception, the festival grew over 12 years to be the largest student-run film festival in the nation. The original festival had the privilege to showcase the talent of independent filmmakers from around the globe including Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Tim McCanlies, Robert Rodriguez, Sean Astin, John Landis, and John Waters. Sadly, in 2005, the festival could not be held due to program cuts and budgetary issues.

In the summer of 2010, Texas A&M’s Aggie SWAMP Club acted to restore the Texas Film Festival in lieu of its own event, SWAMPFest Film Festival (2006-2010). During the fall of 2012, in order to better represent and reflect its spirit, mission, and patrons, the festival was re-established as the Texas Independent Film Festival.

Texas Independent Film Festival 2018 is sponsored by Aggie SWAMP Club. The festival is being run this year by returning director Colton White, Director of Texas Independent Film Festival 2018; Alan Lasater, Aggie SWAMP Club President; and the chairs and committee members of Texas Independent Film Festival. To find out more about the event, visit the official website at or direct questions to

Grand Jury Award Trophy - to the best short film submitted
Best High School Short
Audience Choice Award (one for each night)

Based on submissions, We are trying to implement a Best Animation Award this year!

All films must be postmarked by no later than January 5th, 2018. All submissions must be complete, with all the items on the checklist in one package to be considered for entry. All entries selected for the Texas Independent Film Festival grant the Texas Independent Film Festival the right to use any footage from the preview screener or submitted publicity photos as promotional materials.

Eligibility: all films completed after January 1st, 2015 are eligible for the 2018 Texas Independent Film Festival. To be considered for the high school section, all key crew members (director, writer, director of photography, producer) must be high school students at the time of production, adult actors/support crew are acceptable.

Participant Agreement
I represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film project for consideration by Texas Independent Film Festival, and that all the necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. I agree to hold the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film project. I, the submitter, have read the terms and conditions appearing herein, and agree, without exception, to all the terms and conditions stated.

Overall Rating
  • W. Trent Welstead

    Excellent festival experience! Quick and friendly communication.

    February 2018
  • Mauro Russo Rouge

    A good Festival. Thank you :-)

    February 2018
  • Nice venue, a very affordable submission price and the program ran like clock work.

    February 2018