Texas Terrors is an indie/grass roots short film festival celebrating the fun in bone-chilling horror. We’re less concerned with Hollywood-style slickness than with creativity, originality, and passion. The festival will feature a diverse array of scary stuff, and provide a fun evening of chills and thrills. Best of all, your films will be screened at the beautiful and historic TEXAS THEATRE, one of the best venues in this great state.
First and foremost, your film does not have to be made in Texas, or Texas-themed to enter. Texas is merely the location of the festival.
This is a short film festival, with a maximum length of 20 minutes. Anything longer will not be considered.
There is no restriction on when your film was made, or how many festivals it has already played. However, we do heavily favor films that are not currently available for public viewing on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
If our festival will be a world premiere or a Texas premiere for your film, please let us know, and we will make note of this in the program.
WHAT WE WANT: horror; horror-comedy; monsters; psycho-killers; supernatural horror; horror-sci-fi; fantasy-horror; documentaries on horror-related subjects; anything vaguely connected with horror.
WHAT WE DON'T WANT: rape and/or degradation; “torture porn”; explicit sex; crime-suspense; "proof of concept" films; fan films or anything utilizing licensed characters or IP that you don’t own; music videos.
NEW FOR YEAR 2: CASH PRIZES!! The second annual WEEPER AWARDS, celebrating excellence in filmmaking, will now feature cash prizes in every category. The following certificates will be awarded at the close of the festival:
BEST IN SHOW – Just what it says! That one film that we agree kicked the most butt. $100
OUTSTANDING ACTOR – Could be a lead or supporting role, a prize to the most memorable male performance of the night. $50
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS – Likewise for the ladies, any distaff turn that makes us sit up and take notice. $50
OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY – We like writers, and love to give them awards. This one’s for the cleverest words and concepts on display. $50
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR – The person behind the camera is pretty important too. Regardless of budget, we celebrate the helmer who put it all together in the best possible way. $50
GUTS-‘N’-GLORY AWARD – For the best/most memorable special effects; could be practical gore, a killer monster suit, or a cool CGI effect, this one celebrates that thing that wowed us. $50
(Note: awards will be given in the form of a money order and will be distributed to the person who submits the film via FilmFreeway. In some cases where the person winning the award is not the submitter [actors, screenwriters, etc], we may request an address to send the awards directly to the winner.)
Digital screeners only, via FilmFreeway. Please do not send us physical media.
Films must be no longer than 20:00. Filmmakers are free to submit as many films as they want.
Foreign-language films must have English subtitles.
There are no restrictions to when and where films were made.
Requests for fee waivers will largely be denied. We offer them only by invitation, and only in very specialized circumstances. As festivals go, our entry fees are VERY reasonable.
Our focus is indie films. Films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network will not be considered.
No explicit sex. Let me repeat that: no explicit sex, no matter how "artistic" it is. This includes penetration, and/or explicit views of genitals. However, general "R-rated" nudity is allowed.
No refunds will be issued based on non-compliance with the rules. In other words, if you submit a film that is 45 minutes long, it will automatically be disqualified, and no refund will be given. It is important to read all festival information carefully.
Attending filmmakers will be given four (4) free passes to the festival; additional passes must be purchased. We DO NOT provide airfare or any other accommodations for travel.
Screening selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival judges, and all decisions are final.
Exhibition copies (for accepted films) will only be accepted as a digital (downloadable) file (.MOV / .MP4 / .mpeg / Other–Please ask before you send).
Promotional materials and photographs for accepted films are strongly encouraged. We also encourage accepted filmmakers to do their own promotion of the Festival, on social media and otherwise, which will benefit all.
By submitting your film to the Texas Terrors Film Festival, you agree to the following:
I have read, understood, and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.
To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true.
The film or video being submitted is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and I am authorized to submit this film to the festival.
I hold Texas Terrors Film Festival and its production/promotion team harmless from any claims of liability for anything that might occur during the course of the festival or screening of the film.
I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music, print, images and everything contained in the film and/or promotional materials of the submitted film. I understand that if I have misrepresented my authority to use any of these elements, my film may be disqualified with no return of submission fee.
I give permission for Texas Terrors Film Festival to use stills, titles, trailers, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.
I give permission for Texas Terrors Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.