Film Submission Information

Festival Overview

The purpose of the West Texas Film Festival is to attract diverse films and producers that would not normally be featured in West Texas. We seek short films, documentaries, features, animation and student films from all over the world that have the pioneer spirit of media making.

History

The festival was started by a grant in 2016 from the Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities awarded to the West Texas Film Commission.  The West Texas Film Commission is a community organization that has came together in the Fall of 2015 to promote film in the Permian Basin.  This is the second year of the festival.

Our festival was attended by over 300 people last year.

Our film segments run on time and we partner with our film makers to bring in a local audience.

Awards

Best Feature Film | Best Short Film | Best Documentary | Best Screenplay

Open to the public

Eligibility:
We will accept films from any one that can create a good quality film.

Please do not submit films that are less than 5 minutes in length.

Student films are encouraged for submission.

Shorts: 5 minutes (min) 25 minutes (max) | Features: 30 minutes (min)

Formats:
.mov |.mp4 | .flv | .wmv

You may submit your film via a Vimeo or YouTube link with a login and password.

Fees:
$15  by August 1st
$20 by September 1st
$25 by October 1st

STUDENT FILMS:  FREE for Texas and states that border Texas.  $10.00 for all other student films.

Student films from Texas and states that border Texas (TX/LA/AR/NM)  are FREE to submit (High School, College, and/or University verification may be required). The reason that we are prioritizing these states is because if selected we do our best to bring our student film makers to the festival to lead Q and A’s.

You must submit your entry through through one of our partnering film festival websites. To access those, please click the buttons below.

*ALL FILMS ARE REVIEWED. Our reviewers and curators consist of local artists,  and professors in Media, English, and Communication. Films are selected based on genre balance, theme, and quality.  Our lead Film Festival Programmer is a full time professor of Mass Communication and has produced a number of films.  He has experience in festival management and has produced his own films which have won awards in film festival circuits.

HOW TO GET NOTICED:  We do understand the competitive nature of the film festival circuit. If you wish to stand out among the competition keep in mind that our focus as a festival is educational.  If you are willing and able to accompany your film to the festival, lead workshops and answer Q and A’s please email us. This is more likely to get you noticed among the competition than requests for fee waivers.

FEE WAIVERS:  We generally do not grant fee waivers except for the student film waivers that are described above.  This festival is curated and run by film makers and we are sympathetic to the costs and frustrations that are present in the film festival circuit. For this reason, we have deliberately chosen to keep our fees low for everyone who submits. Our festival does not generate a profit from submission fees.   All funds received go directly into festival operations and towards the free educational outreach programming that we provide to our community.

FEEDBACK:  Please understand we reviewed over 500 submission in a 60 day window last year.  Feedback is not always possible. Our focus is on finding the films that best suit our audience and taking really good care of the film makers that we chose to work with each year. If you film is not selected it does not mean that it was a “bad” film, it just may have not been the right fit for us this year.