The Western Film Festival is the first ever film festival brought to the small town of Coleman, TX. We will have custom prizes, food, and great films in the unique atmosphere of the over 100 years old Coleman Museum and Art Gallery at Heritage Hall.

So, come to Coleman the weekend of April 21-22, 2023 and enjoy good food, excellent movies, history, and small town charm!

Best Feature
Best Short
Fan Favorite


By submitting your film to TWFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, please contact us.

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the The Western Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.

All film finalists are required to provide two high resolution MOV files.

If your film is selected and it's a large file, it may have to be mailed to us on a thumbdrive. If you have short films under 30 min, we can download them. Your copies will not be returned unless a prepaid SASE is sent to us.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded or in our hands no later than March 21, 2022.

The Western Film Festival and The Coleman Museum and Gallery at Heritage Hall is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.

All entry fees are nonrefundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.

By entering The Western Film Festival competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless The Western Film Festival, Fading Yellow Studios, The Coleman Museum and Gallery at Heritage Hall, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.

You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at The Western Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless The Western Film Festival, its parent company Fading Yellow Studios, affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at the The Western Film Festival.

Effective as of April 12, 2022: The Western Film Festival will not sign any NDA's, waivers, or letters of guarantee to receive digital copies of selected films. If submitter requires any of the sort before sending the required digital copy their film will be removed from showing.

If you are selected and win, you are expected to attend the festival and the Award Ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must find someone to represent you and claim your award, on stage. Only attending or represented filmmakers will be awarded, with no exceptions. We do not ship awards.


Overall Rating
  • Luke and Martha Van Garza

    For anyone who loves the Western genre, this festival is a must. Coleman is a great little getaway. Thanks so much for screening our Western-themed zombie comedy, PETE & RE-PETE!

    May 2023
  • Jeremy Hawa

    A great genre festival with excellent hosts in a historic town!

    May 2023
  • David Butterfield

    I want to thank them for selecting my film Smoking Gun. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to the festival, but it was an honor to be part of it.

    May 2022
  • Could not make it. But was treated like I knew them for years.

    April 2022
  • Philip Guitar

    Hats off to the Western Film Festival!! Authentic, super organized, dedicated staff.
    Thanks for choosing our film CRUDE MASSACRE to be part of your amazing festival !!

    April 2022