The Rung Film Fest (RFF) is the first film festival in Houston, Texas that will feature works from Pakistani Independent filmmakers and creatives from around the world under one-roof. The Urdu word "rūng" means "color." Color is our visual interpretation of how light bounces off surfaces. Films can mirror this facet of the visible spectrum by broadcasting narratives about people of color, thereby conveying their unique perspectives.

** The only festival for, of and by Pakistani American creatives.
** Showcasing stories from the lens of Pakistani creatives.
** Open to submissions from anywhere around the world.
** Supported by Pakistani American Hollywood actors,
• FARAN TAHIR (Iron Man) and
• KAMRAN SHAIKH (Outer Banks)

RFF is the only festival in North American who will ever feature majority of the films exclusively from filmmakers of Pakistani heritage. We're open to all genres and a well qualified jury of successful filmmakers and producers will judge your submissions.
If you believe you have great work and plan to make a career in films and entertainment but aren't ready for the big guns, you need to submit your indie film to RFF. Let us be the judge. You might win!

Rūng Film Fest's mission is to be more inclusive and equitable in our selection of films and provide invaluable resources through education and workshops. We're bringing scholarly guest speakers from film, media, and related artistic disciplines for an enriched audience experience. You will participate in panels, and interactive discussions during the festival and mentorship programs throughout the year to continue advancing your skills.


Rung Film Festival is a part of the Indus Arts Council's programming.

Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Narrative/Documentary
Grand Jury Award for Best Short Narrative/Documentary
Grand Jury Award for Best Student Narrative/Documentary

Grand Jury Prize includes exclusive in-person networking opportunities, 1-1 meetings with producers, festival organizers, cash awards, trophies, and gift certificates

Honorable Mention for Best Feature Narrative/Documentary
Honorable Mention for Best Short Narrative/Documentary
Honorable Mention for Best Student Film Narrative/Documentary

Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Narrative/Documentary
Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative/Documentary
Audience Choice Award for Best Student Film Narrative/Documentary

1. All filmmakers are eligible to participate as long as the cast or crew member of the film includes at least 1 individual of Pakistani heritage (from any country)
2. A minimum of 2 Urdu language sentences in the script, scene, song, and/or as part of the background score.
3. Films must be completed within the last three years, from 2020 - 2024.

Submission Format: RFF will only accept digital submissions through FilmFreeway.com. All submissions must include the film title, director's name, duration, and any additional materials requested.

Submission Fee: RFF requires a fee for each submission. Fees increase closer to the entry deadline. Submission fees are nonrefundable Refer to "Categories & Fees" section.
In-person attendance at the Rung Film Fest and Awards is encouraged (RFF is tentatively planned for May 2024 in Houston, Texas).

Deadlines: Refer to "Categories & Fees" section.

Language and Subtitles: Films with audio recorded in a language other than English must provide English subtitles when submitting the films.

Rights and Permissions: Submissions must have rights and permissions for all content in the film, including music, images, and other copyrighted media. RFF may ask for proof of clearance during the submission process.

Supporting Materials: RFF may request additional materials such as a director's statement, synopsis, stills, banners, social media tags, or a trailer. It is recommended that submissions include these materials in the required format to enhance the chances of selection.

Privacy Policy:
We at Rung Film Festival (RFF) are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. Your submission authorizes RFF to use, distribute, and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis, and movie stills on our social media.