Named one of MovieMaker Magazines "Top 50 Film Festival's Worth The Entry Fee" in 2015, for three consecutive years.

Past films include:


In addition to great films, the LSFF provides opportunities to interact with leaders of the indie film world. Past guests and honorees of the festival include:

Jane Seymour - Clint Black - David Lowery - Don Henley - Malcolm McDowell - Bill Paxton - Joanna Kerns - Julian Schnabel - Billy Bob Thornton - Jeff Bridges - Robert Duvall - T Bone Burnett - Willie Nelson - Martin Sheen - Robert Rodriguez - Melonie Diaz - Ron White - Elizabeth Avellan - Lyle Lovett - Louis Black - Billy Joe Shaver - John Lee Hancock

“The Lone Star Film Festival shines brightly…Movie enthusiasts may come to Sundance Square this weekend to see anticipated national releases…but chances are good they will leave talking about the auspicious films with Texas ties.”
- The New York Times

The Lone Star Film Festival is held each year in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, which serves as the cultural and social center of downtown. Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the nation, and the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex consistently ranks among the top five media markets in the U.S.

Awards & Prizes

Best of Fest Award ($1,500)
Best Feature Film Award ($1,000)
Best Documentary Film Award ($1,000)
Best Short Film Award ($500)
Best Texas Film Award ($500)
Audience Choice Award ($500)
My Fort Worth Short Film Award ($500)
Best Student Film

Rules & Terms

1. We encourage the submission of films in the form of feature-length (90-120 minutes recommended), short-length films (under 30 minutes recommended). International films are also welcome but must either be in English or have English subtitles.

2. Films must be available for screening during the festival, November 2017.

3. By submitting a film, you grant the Lone Star Film Festival & Society permission to screen your film, if said film is officially accepted into this year's lineup.

4. By submitting a film, you acknowledge that the Lone Star Film Festival does not pay screening fees for accepted films.

5. By submitting a film, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the LSFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow LSFF to promote the following year's festival with the above excerpts, highlights and/or trailers. LSFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the LSFF.

6. You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.

7. The only acceptable way to submit your film is via FilmFreeway, as an online screener (vimeo password protected link is recommended).

8. The selected works will be exhibited digitally (shorts only) and on Blu-ray & DCP (features only).

9. In accordance with the LSFF policy, the entry fee is non-refundable. You will not be allowed to enter your work, unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the LSFF.

10. Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film.

11. All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway by August 23, 2017.

12. Notification of selections will be by September 20, 2017. Only then will the film be considered for awards. Please understand that acceptance in the festival will in no way guarantee that you, your actors or crew will be offered paid transportation or lodging for the event. We do promise a good time, however.

13. Lone Star Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Lone Star Film Festival.

14. To be eligible for the film competition categories films, your film must not have previously screened in Fort Worth or the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth area.

15. LSFF may choose to screen a submitted film out-of-competition during the festival if a category is filled.

6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    shane hall

    Strong festival well put together.

    December 2016
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    Arnaud Bettan

    great festival and good place for network

    November 2016
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    Ignacio Redondo

    Great festival. Very good communication.
    Highly recommended!

    November 2016
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    Adam Bradshaw

    This has been our favorite festival this year. It's definitely filmmaker-centric focusing on networking, panels, quality screenings and great Southern hospitality. Chad and his team are very approachable and great with communication to filmmakers. Plus having never been to Fort Worth we really enjoyed this fun city and its people. We will definitely be submitting again and highly recommend!

    November 2016
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    Mohammad Saad Nawab

    I have heard great things about this film festival and I wish I could have attended it, but from whatever I communication I had with them, they were really prompt and understanding. Thank you so much for selecting my film as part of the festival and I hope to send more of my future films.

    November 2016