Adventure, romance, drama, and high stakes, all contribute to a good’ol western.

At its first edition, the Tucumcari Film Festival (Formerly the Tucumcari Rawhide Days Film Festival) celebrated all of these moments by showing the television show Rawhide and other creations that reflected the southwest and western. From the lawless frontier towns to the beatniks who roamed Route 66.

In our second season run, we plan to celebrate all those moments again! In 2023 we will feature a variety of films that celebrate the west and southwest, as well as the culture that shaped Tucumcari. The film festival is scheduled for April 28th - 29th., 2023(Subject to change) .

Award winners of the film festival will have the chance to be screened at Tucumcari Rawhide Days in June. (16-18th), 2023.

Among the selected films will be professional and amateur works from international, national, and local New Mexico filmmakers and creators. All categories have awards attached to them.

While during Tucumcari Rawhide Days proper, (June 16th - 18th) we will screen the award winners of the film festival, and honorary and free screenings of Rawhide. This will be in collaboration with the 7th run of the famous Tucumcari Rawhide Days which have delighted attendees with live gunslinger performances, longhorn parades, and musical jamborees.

Topics for workshops are under consideration, what would you like to see? Message us here or on our Facebook.
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Volunteer opportunities are available as well. Want to volunteer? Contact us here or on our Facebook page.

Official Selection of the Festival
Best of Category
Best of Show, (Judges Choice)
Audience Choice

Sheriff's Star
The Sheriff's Star is awarded in recognition of films that tackle deep social and political issues, thereby providing a guiding light for all of us. This award is given by the choice of the Sheriff (Director) of the festival

Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.
Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements

Because the festival is always evolving, there will be no prior notice given on scheduling.

General Eligibility Terms
No Entry will be considered for screening that contains nudity, and or pornographic material.
No Entry will be considered for screening if it contains gratuitous, brutal violence.
No Entry will be considered for screening if it contains extreme profanity.
No Entry will be considered for screening if it contains extreme gore. (Near bloodless gun fights are an exception)

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. All entry fees are non-refundable. Selected films will be announced before, on or around April 21st, 2022. All entrants will be notified by email. The festival does not pay rental/screening fees for submitted/selected work. For selected films, exhibition file format is .mp4, h.264, 1920x1080, stereo.

Student Works Eligibility
Student Submitters submit a valid student I.D.

Eligibility for Six Shooter Siding Six Shot Short Film Competition

Submissions must follow these guidelines:
Runtime must be within 6 minutes, (6 minutes max, 66 seconds minimum)
Film must use only 6 long takes/shots.
No more than 6 cuts.
Film must showcase a western movie trope.
Can be comedy, or drama.
Must follow the general submission and eligibility guidelines.

Terms and Conditions:
I have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. By entering your film for consideration for the Tucumcari Rawhide Days Festival 2022, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival screening and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to screen your work at the Tucumcari Film Festival, Tucumcari Rawhide Days Festival 2022. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Tucumcari Film Festival, and Tucumcari Rawhide Days Festival 2022,, Tucumcari, and any other agents, owners, and employees of said entities 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.

Submitters do not need to be present to receive awards.

Overall Rating
  • Scott Campbell

    Tucumcari is a great, young festival. Hard-working organizers kept things running smoothly. Friendly folks offering intimate tutorial sessions and panels. Screenings in the old theater were good quality, though there were some minor issues with sound quality. Looking forward to coming back in 2024.

    July 2023
  • Archie Kidd

    I was unfortunately unable to attend but the team were communicating with me all the way perfectly, and the video feed was great!

    Thanks fro having me

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Grateful to you for submitting your fabulous work!

  • Obviously, this wonderful group care about films and filmmakers. I traveled from new jersey and was welcomed with open arms. I made connections with other filmmakers that I am sure will last!! I will be submitting here again!

    May 2023
  • West Inside

    We are honored to be a part of this film festival and that you seen "All for a filthy star", our little spaghetti western!!!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    You are welcome! Thank you for submitting your work!!!

  • George Meyers

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend this festival because of a prior engagement in Oklahoma, but the communication with this festival was amazing, I followed all of the events on social media. I hope to have another film or two to submit next year and I am hoping to be able to attend in 2024. Overall a HUGE 5 star rating all around! And thank you so much Tucumcari Film Festival for the wonderful award, and I hope to see you all next year!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    So sad we were not able to host you this year but thank you for submitting both of your films 'Robo Hills Texas' and 'Time Will Let Me'! We look forward to seeing you and your work next year!!