Texas Gold Film and Sport Festival (Tgfsf) is a When Celebrities Gather initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which brings together audiences and filmmakers from all over the globe to watch and discuss cinema that has the power to inspire and transform. TGFF is a platform for independent filmmakers and storytellers. Held in Houston, Texas since 2022, and is dedicated to promoting diversity in film.
Are you a visionary filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and a desire to make a positive impact on the world? We invite you to be part of the Texas Gold Film and Sport Festival (TGFSF) in 2024, where creativity knows no bounds.
Our 2024 Theme: "Harmony Across Horizons"
For the upcoming Texas Gold Film and Sport Festival, we are excited to announce our theme: "Harmony Across Horizons." We believe that the beauty of cultural exchange, understanding, and unity is a powerful force. This theme encourages you to explore the richness of global diversity, the strength of collaboration, and the beauty of unity.
Why You Should Submit:
Showcase your film to a global audience.
Celebrate diversity, cultural exchange, and unity through your work.
Connect with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers.
Gain opportunities for funding, distribution, and new collaborations.
Be part of a festival that celebrates the art of filmmaking and its potential to inspire change.
At TGFSF, we believe that your films can be a catalyst for harmony and understanding in a diverse world. Join us in creating cinema that bridges gaps and fosters "Harmony Across Horizons."
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Best Feature Film US
Best Feature Film International
Best Director Documentary
Best Student Film
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==> Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your film.
By submitting your film for consideration for the 2nd Annual Texas Gold Film and Sport Festival, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement. All films will screen on TGFSF unless otherwise mentioned.
GUIDELINES FOR ALL FILMS:
– Films must have been completed after November 1, 2023
– Films must NOT be a previously submitted film at TGFSF
– Films under 40 minutes are considered to be short films.
– All non-English language films must have English subtitles.
– A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film.
– All entry forms must be filled out completely.
We feel strongly that TGFSF is a platform for all independent filmmakers to showcase their work, therefore, there are no restrictions on premiere status.
ENTRY FORM AND PREVIEW MATERIALS FOR ALL FILMS:
– All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/tgff
– Materials received after the appropriate deadline will be discarded without notice or refund.
Entry fees are not refunded if the film is not selected or is ineligible to screen at the festival.
Extra Early bird Deadline – $50.00
Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees and working online screener by November 15, 2023 will not be accepted.
Early bird Deadline – $60.00
Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees and working online screener by December 31, 2023 will not be accepted.
Regular Deadline -$75.00
Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees and working online screener by April 30, 2024 will not be accepted.
Late Deadline – $75.00
Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees and working online screener by June 5th, 2024 will not be accepted.
Extended Deadline – $75
Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees and working online screener by June 26, 2024 will not be accepted.
*We do NOT grant waivers. (If you are an alum, please email for a discount code.)
*Filmmaker Feedback will NOT be provided.
NO WAIVER POLICY:
– We strive to keep our fees as reasonable as possible, and encourage all applicants to take advantage of our early and official deadlines to save on submission fees.
– Please do NOT contact us requesting waivers or reduced submission fees.
– All submitted projects are required to pay the fee for the deadline window they have selected.
If your film is selected to be screened at TGFF 2024, it must be delivered in DCP format, except in the case of VR submissions.
Any other digital formats will be subject to further discussion.
– We do NOT accept links via e-mail or streaming links.
– Submissions may NOT be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival directors.
REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS
All entries under 40 min long are automatically included in the general TGFSF Shorts Film Competition. TGFSF will review films in their entirety.
Films will be watched and reviewed by members of the Screening Committee. After the final submission deadline, the Selection Committee will review the total scores of all the films in competition and select final films from a group of the top scorers. In addition to the top scoring films, final screening decisions will be influenced by the time constraints of showcases (each showcase runs for approximately 90-minutes, with an average of eight films featured in each showcase).
Jury Awards will be presented in the following categories selected by a panel jury: Best Narrative Feature US, Best Narrative Feature International, Best Narrative, Best Director Documentary, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Comedy, Best Student Film, Best Composer.
All awards will be announced at the final Filmmaker Gala Night. In addition, audience members in each screening will vote on Audience Favorites. Awards are subject to change before the event, with an updated list to be posted online.
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE
Letters of inclusion or non-inclusion, will be sent to the email address provided on the entry form no later than July 10, 2023. TGFF does not send physical mail — please ensure that your email address is accurate on your application. TGFF is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections, or outdated email addresses.
* TGFF REQUIRE TWO FILES FOR PROJECTION: a professionally converted DCP (24fps only) and an AppleTV formatted .mp4 file.
* Films with incomplete materials by the deadline will forfeit their ability to screen in the festival. TGFF, its members, directors, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for lost, misplaced, and undelivered film and media.
FILMMAKER AND WRITER ATTENDANCE: TGFF encourages filmmakers to attend the festival. To this end, we will assist every filmmaker (and one guest) who wishes to attend by helping to secure complimentary housing in a volunteer’s private home as available, discounted hotel rooms, passes for public transportation where available, invitations to all parties, tours and events, and passes for all film screenings. TGFF is unable to provide financial compensation for travel expenses or additional expenses incurred during the Festival week.
COMMUNICATIONS: TGFF does not send physical mail — please make sure the email address in your entry form is accurate. TGFF is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections, outdated email addresses or any other technical or human error. TGFF staff can be reached by email at email@example.com.
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING: All selected films and scripts may be excerpted for publicity purposes. TGFF reserves the right to promote ANY film or script to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or our parent organization.
THEATRICAL SCREENINGS. By accepting inclusion in TGFF, the filmmaker grants non-exclusive rights to showcase their film during the festival week (November 3rd-5th, 2023) in as many screenings as required. This includes the competition screenings and the “Best Of” showcase which will play after competition ends. In addition, TGFF has non-exclusive rights to repeat the showcases through December 31, 2024 for fundraising or community outreach purposes. All ticket sales are property of TGFF.
CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY. This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Texas without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Texas, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.
COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of films and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Texas Gold film festival Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of TGFF rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of TGFF rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province. TGFF reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.