Our event is actually called the Texas Short Film Festival. Established in 2021, the Texas Short Film Festival has successfully hosted 7 distinct events, offering captivating film screenings, prestigious awards, enriching workshops, and valuable networking sessions within the film industry. Our mission at the Texas Short Film Festival is crystal clear: to spotlight the finest international independent films, videos, and web series across all genres, presented on the esteemed Film Festival Circuit, specifically curated for a Texas independent film audience. If you're eager to witness your masterpiece grace the silver screen in Texas, then waste no time and submit your exceptional film, video, or screenplay to our upcoming competition.

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As part of Film Festival Circuit LLC, the Texas Short Film Festival utilizes an exclusive rating system that involves five scorecards, each assessed by a different judge, for every submission. These scorecards encompass one dedicated to marketing, another to technical aspects, and three focused on creativity. Once these scores are averaged, the submissions that fall within the top 25-30% are thoughtfully selected and granted eligibility for esteemed awards at the forthcoming Texas Short Film Festival seasonal event.

While the marketing scorecard is free for all submitters, the technical and creative scorecards can be unlocked as a premium feature. This allows the original submitter to gain insights into how the judges responded to questions about their film, video, or screenplay. It's a valuable opportunity to understand the judges' feedback and assessment of your creation!

Award Categories:

Best Acting Performance
Best Action Film
Best Animated Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Dark Fantasy Film
Best Dark Science Fiction Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama Film
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Fantasy Film
Best Found Footage Comedy Film
Best Found Footage Horror Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best Horror Film
Best International Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Music Video
Best Relationship Drama Film
Best Romantic Comedy Film
Best Proof of Concept
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Series Episode
Best Sketch Comedy
Best Stand-up Comedy
Best Suspense Thriller Film

All genres of films, web series, music videos and commercials are eligible. Even if your film has played in other festivals it is still eligible. There are no geographic or distribution restrictions at the Texas Short Film Festival. This event started in Nevada and has since moved to Texas, because most of the organizers have moved to Texas.

Minimum resolution 1080p.
Frame Rates Accepted are 23.976, 24, 25 or 30.
Stereo Audio Only. No surround sound 5.1 accepted.
If accepted, filmmakers must provide a download link for their short film through FilmFreeway, Google Drive, Dropbox, Wetransfer or similar service.

Financial assistance for travel is not provided.
There are no screening fees available, to be paid to filmmakers.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. There are no filmmaker passes.

Overall Rating
  • Lisa VanNatta

    This is my first year to attend the Texas Shot Film Festival. I am blessed to have received an Award for both my Scripts. As I new written I am excited to be a part of this Festival. Networking is fabulous. It is a family feel.

    March 2024
  • Grand opportunity and great environment for creatives to network. Very honored to have been a winner at this year's fest. Splendid job, all!

    March 2024
  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" into your festival as an Award Winner for Best Editing and a Finalist for Best Dark Drama Film. I wasn't able to attend the event in person, but appreciated the fact that this festival mailed me my certificates. I have also attended two of their sister festivals, Atlanta After Dark Film Festival and Oregon Short Film Festival, and had a blast at both of those events.

    I had a very good experience overall, and will definitely consider submitting future projects to Texas Short Film Festival.

    March 2024
  • Raittia Rogers

    I had a wonderful experience, thank you everyone was nice to me. Glad I traveled and won my award. Texas!

    December 2023
  • This is one FF to submit & attend due to the networking. The turnout of filmmakers is like no kind. Mikel FF owner hospitality could be more welcoming and warm, he love independent films and it shows at his film festivals.

    Good screening, good networking, fun award ceremony, and exciting host.

    December 2023