Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor

Job Hotline - Calls for Entries

Updated: August 13, 2014

Victoria TX Independent Film Festival

The Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival celebrates the art of independent filmmaking. The festival is accepting entries for the 2015 festival, to be held March 19 - 22 in Victoria, Texas.

Early Deadline: Sep 30, 2014
Regular Deadline: Oct 31, 2014
Late Deadline: Nov 30, 2014
Online Extended Deadline: Dec 31, 2014

For more information, visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/vtxiff.


South By Southwest Film Festival and Conference (SXSW)

SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of "film" today, down to its very definition. Submissions are open for the 2015 festival, to be held March 13 - 21 in Austin, Texas.

Early Deadline: Oct 02, 2014
Regular Deadline: Oct 30, 2014
Late Deadline: Nov 13, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film/screenings/submit.


Dallas International Film Festival

One of MovieMaker magazine's "25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," the 9th-annual Dallas International Film Festival will be held April 9 to April 19, 2015. Competition categories include narrative feature, documentary feature, Texas feature, shorts and animation.

Early Deadline: Oct 17, 2014
Regular Deadline: Dec 05, 2014
Late Deadline: Dec 12, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.dallasfilm.org/submit-your-film-for-diff-2015/.


Cinefestival En San Antonio

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents the CineFestival en San Antonio - the longest running Latino film festival in North America. CineFestival en San Antonio is an important regional forum for screening film and video works that showcase the breadth and diversity of the Chicano/Latino experience. Prizes awarded for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, and a Special Jury award. The festival will take place February 25 - 28, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.

Early Deadline: Oct 01, 2014
Regular Deadline: Nov 03, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/call-for-entries-2014/.


The Gong Shorts Film Competition

Bunny Hat Productions announces the call for entries for the 5th Annual Gong Shorts film competition. This interactive and audience-voted film event will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse Park North in San Antonio on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6 pm. It is free for filmmakers to submit a film and they accept up to 20 submissions on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline is September 23, 2014.

Regular Deadline: Sep 23, 2014

For more information, visit http://filmbaking.blogspot.com/.


The Big D Mobile Phone Film Fest

The Dallas VideoFest is now accepting short films from filmmakers that are shot entirely on a smartphone in HD video. Selected films will be screened during a program at the 2014 Dallas VideoFest taking place on October 9 - 19, 2014.

Early Deadline: Aug 31, 2014
Regular Deadline: Sep 13, 2014
Late Deadline: Sep 20, 2014

For more information, visit http://videofest.org/call-for-entries/big-d-mobile-phone-fest-2014/.


Worldfest - Houston International Independent Film Festival

The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival is now accepting entries for the 2015 festival, to be held April 10 - 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Early Deadline: Nov 15, 2014
Regular Deadline: Dec 15, 2014
Late Deadline: Jan 31, 2015

For more information, visit https://worldfest.org/entry-form/.


Beaumont Main Street's DOG-toberfest Short Film Competition

Beaumont Main Street's DOG-tober Fest is hosting its first film competition and is now accepting entries for short films. DOG-tober Fest will be held on Saturday, October 4 in Beaumont, Texas.

The film competition is open to all ages and is free. The theme of the competition is "In the Doghouse!" and the interpretation of the theme is up to filmmakers to create. Judges will evaluate each submission based on the filmmaker's interpretation of the theme and story.

Each entry should be a maximum of five minutes including credits and must be family friendly. Entries must use royalty free music or an orginal composition. Awards and cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place.

Regular Deadline: Sep 14, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.dogtoberfestbeaumont.com/.


Chick Flicks Film Festival

The Chick Flicks Film Festival is accepting submissions of short films for their 2014 festival in Dallas, Texas on Thursday October 2. See the website for eligibility and criteria.

Regular Deadline: Aug 14, 2014
Late Deadline: Aug 28, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.wifdallas.org/page-969702.


Red Wasp Film Festival

The Red Wasp Film Festival is accepting film entries and original screenplays for unproduced films for the 2014 festival, October 17 - 18 in Bryan, Texas.

Regular Deadline: Sep 01, 2014

For more information, visit https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=13108&festview=1.


Hill Country Film Festival

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), a four day independent film event held in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg, Texas, April 30 - May 3, 2015, and presented by the Hill Country Film Society. Independent filmmakers from around the world are welcome to submit shorts (less than 30 minutes), features (70-120 minutes), short screenplays (less than 10 pages), and feature screenplays (70-120 pages). Each year, HCFF plays host to an average of 60 feature and short films that are produced and directed by filmmakers worldwide.

Early Deadline: Nov 14, 2014
Regular Deadline: Jan 09, 2015
Late Deadline: Feb 27, 2015

For more information, visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/HillCountryFilmFestival.


Housecore Horror Film Festival

The Housecore Horror Film Festival is accepting submissions of documentaries, features, shorts, music videos and trailers. The festival will be held October 23 - 26, 2014 in Austin, TX.

Regular Deadline: Sep 15, 2014

For more information, visit http://housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com/submissions/.


Other Worlds Austin Film Festival

The Other Worlds Austin Film Festival, a festival dedicated to science fiction filmmaking, is now accepting sci-fi feature and short submissions. Documentaries, animations and music videos are also accepted. The festival will be held on December 4 - 6, 2014 in Austin, TX.

Early Deadline: Aug 01, 2014
Regular Deadline: Sep 01, 2014
Late Deadline: Oct 01, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/how-to-submit.


Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Entries for the 2014 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival are being accepted. The festival will be held October 2 - 5 in Houston.

Regular Deadline: Jun 13, 2014
Late Deadline: Jun 28, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.bciff.com.


48 Hour Zombie Film Competition

Team registration is open for Spread the Dead 48 Hour Zombie Film Competition. At the kick-off event, teams of filmmakers from the Dallas / Fort Worth area will have two days to write, film and edit a short zombie film. Completed films will be judged at a screening event September 18, 2014.

Early Deadline: Jun 30, 2014
Regular Deadline: Aug 17, 2014
Late Deadline: Aug 31, 2014

For more information, visit http://spreadthedead48hr.com/.


Austin Indie Flix Showcase

Entries for the 2014 Austin Indie Flix Showcase are being accepted. The festival will be held September 25 - 28 in Austin.

Early Deadline: Jun 01, 2014
Regular Deadline: Aug 01, 2014
Late Deadline: Aug 23, 2014

For more information, visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/AustinIndieFlixShowcase.


My Love, Michelle Short Film Festival

The My Love, Michelle Short Film Festival is accepting entries of short films (between 6 and 30 minutes) on all genres that includes an individual with special needs in the project. The 2014 festival will be held October 3 - 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

Regular Deadline: Sep 15, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.mylovemichelleshortfilmfestival.com/.


Literally Short Film Awards

Literal Magazine is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding its first short film competition Literally Short Film Awards. Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. Short film entries (10 minutes maximum) in all genres are being accepted.

On November 4, 2014, Literal Magazine will proudly present and screen the Literally Short first, second and third place winners at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas.

Early Deadline: Jul 25, 2014
Regular Deadline: Aug 29, 2014
Late Deadline: Sep 26, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.literalmagazine.com/literallyshortfilmawards/.


24fps International Short Film Festival

24fps 2014 will be held November 7 - 8, 2014 at the historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene, Texas. Official Selected Films will be publicly screened in competition during the festival. There is no entry fee for submissions. The competition is open to film and video works produced after January 1, 2011 with a maximum running time of 20 minutes.

Regular Deadline: Sep 08, 2014
Late Deadline: Sep 15, 2014

For more information, visit http://24fpsfest.com/.


Texas 500 Film Fest

The Texas 500 Film Fest is accepting short and feature length sumbissions of independent films with budgets less than $500,000. The festival will be held October 19, 2014 in Waco, Texas.

Early Deadline: Jun 30, 2014
Regular Deadline: Aug 15, 2014
Late Deadline: Sep 15, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.redc2.com/texas-500-entry/.


CineSol Film Festival

CineSol Film Festival is a showcase festival that makes its way across the Rio Grande Valley, celebrating achievement in the art of filmmaking. The festival is accepting entries for the 2014 festival, to be held November 15 - 16, 2014.

Regular Deadline: Jun 30, 2014
Late Deadline: Jul 31, 2014
Online Extended Deadline: Aug 31, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.cinesol.com.


Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival

The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival is accepting film and screenplay submissions for competition. The 2014 fetival will be held September 20 - 21 in Houston, Texas.

Regular Deadline: Apr 30, 2014
Late Deadline: Aug 01, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com/.


Cinema Touching Disability

The Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival strives to challenge viewers to examine the portrayal of people with disabilities in film and challenge negative stereotypes and to champion realistic portrayals of people with disabilities as fully dignified human beings with the potential to live full and productive lives.

The short film competition is your opportunity to share your view of disability with the Cinema Touching Disability audience. We want interesting, imaginative, and creative representations of disability on film. All filmmakers, including professional independent filmmakers, amateur filmmakers, and secondary and university students of all ages are invited to submit their own representations of disability in a short film.

Regular Deadline: Aug 29, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/film-festival/filmfestival-2014/competition3.