Festival Overview

The purpose of the West Texas Film Festival is to screen diverse films from both directors and producers that would not normally be featured in West Texas as well as regional media makers. We seek short films, documentaries, features, animation and student films as well as screenplays from all over the world that have the pioneer spirit of filmmaking. We are a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Texas.


The festival was started by a grant in 2016 from Odessa Arts. The Education Day brings in over 100 high school students in the Permian Basin for workshops on acting, screenwriting, directing and producing. This is the third year of the festival.

The 2018 WTXFF will feature the following showcases:

Tales of Texas (Nov 15th)
Education Day (Nov 16th)
WorldView (November 17th)
Artpocalypse (November 17th)

If you have films about Texas, zombies, the post-apocalypse or international films with English subtitles, please submit them.

Please do not contact us about fee waivers. We are a small, grant funded festival that relies on submission fees.


Best Feature Film | Best Short Film | Best Documentary Film | Best Student Film |Best Animated Film | Best Screenplay

All category winners will receive a 5 gallon Cowboy Hat Award.

Screenwriting and TV pilot winners will receive the following:
1. an InkTip package that includes one (1) InkTip script listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.
2. A free copy of Final Draft 10 screenwriting software

Open to the public and the world. We will accept films from anyone that can create a good quality film.

All films must either be in English or have English subtitles. No exceptions.

No films less than 5 minutes in length will be accepted.

Students - only one film or screenplay - multiple submissions are not permitted. Please choose your best work and submit a scanned copy of your student ID or a letter indicating the name of your school, college or university. If you do not include the required information with your submission, it will be rejected.

All films must have all music, image and video clearances completed by the filmmaker(s).

All films should be completed after January 1, 2017.

Overall Rating
  • Melissa Glasscock

    I had a great time at the West Texas Film Festival! Communication with the director was fantastic. I enjoyed presenting during the educational day, viewing the other films at the festival and hearing James Hart speak. Thank you for including my film!

    August 2018
  • Chris Hanna

    Excellent festival! Excited to see it grow in the near future. We are honored to have received a Category Award! Thank you very much! - CH

    November 2017
  • wayne gibson

    I am forever grateful for Wes Texas Film Festival for naming my Screen play the best of the festival.. They were extremely hospitable and their communications and correspondence left no confusion. I was sorry that I was unable to attend but am a big fan of this organization.

    November 2017
  • Taylor Likens

    I was unable to attend, but the organizers were highly responsive, respectful, and enthusiastic.

    November 2017
  • Scott Simpson

    I was unable to attend this festival. But the organizers were prompt in their communication. I wish them luck in the future. I can only rate their communication and value, and for each, five prairie dogs.

    November 2017