Lost River Film Fest – chiefly hosted within the magical, spring-fed river town of San Marcos, in Austin's outskirts – will spotlight independent cinema from Oct 20-23, 2022, for our sixth year running!

Soaked in a youthful, progressive, small-town-Texas vibe, Lost River intends to prove a splendid cocktail of compelling cinema, live music, burlesque & much more.

We're also hosting a pair of one-day Best of the Fest exhibitions in adjacent counties: Sat, Oct 29 in Lockhart's historic Gaslight Baker Theatre (Caldwell County) & Sun, Oct 30 in Seguin's historic Palace Theatre (Guadalupe County)!

The film fest is presented by San Marcos Cinema Club, the 501c3 film society of the nation’s fastest growing town of its size — whom the San Marcos Arts Commission selected for its prestigious 2016 SMarts Award.
Lost River — titled for our town’s fictional name in the campy, locally shot,1978 horror film PIRANHA — exhibits short films & features, yielded from an international open call for submissions.

Juried awards for the winners in each category.

We are accepting submissions for the following categories:

Feature Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT minimum)
Feature Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT minimum)
Short Narrative - All Genres (40 min. TRT maximum)
Short Non-Fiction Documentary (40 min. TRT maximum)
Web Series (30 min. TRT maximum per episode - may submit up to 3 episodes)
Music Videos - All Genres (9 min TRT maximum)

Films must be completed AFTER January 1st, 2019 to be eligible for selection. Submitted projects that are commercially available are not eligible for juried consideration. We request that your content not be available for viewing online by general public until after November 9th, 2020.


-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

-- -- Film Synopsis: Three-line synopsis for Shorts; 250-word synopsis for Features (These may be used for Festival Program & website)

-- Upload Official Poster

Do not send any discs, online materials are sufficient for submission. No porn content is accepted. Lost River Film Fest (LRFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.S. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless LRFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Please note: Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform or via a password-protected streaming Vimeo URL. LRFF will be screening films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. Please DO NOT SUBMIT your film if you are unable to deliver your project as a digital file.

a. Submission of foreign language films is accepted, English subtitles are encouraged but not required.
b. Films must be submitted to at least one Genre.
c. Entry fees are non-refundable.
d. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record.
e. All submissions must include your: physical address, contact phone # and email address.

LRFF highly suggests that you submit only completed projects for consideration. Because of the limited time we will judge each submission as a completed projects for consideration. Because of limited time, we will judge each submission as a completed project regardless of level of completion. If your project is selected to screen at the Festival you will have the opportunity to deliver the most recent version of the film/TV/web content.

Overall Rating
  • Great film festival I enjoyed attending and screening "You are Me & I am You" in. I look forward to future festivals.

    March 2022
  • Robert T. McDorman

    A great festival in San Marcos! We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to coming back.

    October 2021
  • karl toft

    Wonderful experience through and through. Great communication, great films. Honored to be a part of it.

    October 2021
  • George Wada

    One of the best socially conscious film festival. I was truly honored to have my short film "Fight Back" screen at the festival.

    September 2021
  • Robb S Garcia

    The film fest staff were great, Awesome Hospitality, Great Communication before and after the fest. What was really great about it is how Socially Conscious and Warm they were.
    I only wish I could have attended more screenings.
    Thank you for including us and
    I look forward to submitting my future work.

    September 2021