The mission of the Texas Short Film Festival is to showcase the best international independent films, videos and web series of all genres on the Film Festival Circuit for the San Antonio audience. Are You Ready For A Theatrical Release Of Your Work in San Antonio, Texas? Please submit your film or video to our next competition.d accolades

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Our awards do not have cash or monetary prize value. The judges will nominate up to 5 finalists per category. If there aren't enough qualified submissions for a specific category, it may be omitted.

Award Categories:

Best Acting Performance
Best Action
Best Animated
Best Comedy
Best Dark Comedy
Best Dark Drama
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental
Best Fantasy
Best Horror Comedy
Best Horror
Best International
Best Mockumentary
Best Music Video
Best Relationship Drama
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Proof of Concept
Best Science Fiction
Best Series Episode

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 into the San Antonio area.

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
  • Jack Evans

    This event was a very endearing room full of artists and makers sharing real excitement for the craft. We truly enjoyed watching each others shorts, and it all felt like a real celebration ritual. Meeting other filmmakers was easier than at any other festival I've experienced!

    March 2023
  • Jr. Marriott

    Very well organized. Loved getting to know about the other films and film makers. Great event that I would do again!

    February 2023
  • Megan Morrison

    It was an honor to have my music video selected as an award finalist! Great festival!

    February 2023
  • Cody Leveski

    The Texas Short Film Festival was great and I really enjoyed my time at the festival! My short film "NORMAL" was selected as Best Dark Drama which I am so proud of. The other films at the festival were very entertaining and the festival director Mikel did an outstanding job, kept the attendees entertained, and made my first film festival an outstanding experience. I look forward to submitting to this festival again in the future!

    January 2023
  • Rhoda Brooks

    This has been one of my favorite festivals so far. Great films, great people-very fun venue in a great area. Mikel Fair does an amazing job and I would highly recommend Texas Short Film Festival.

    January 2023