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Feature Film Competition Nacogdoches Film Festival

Full-Length Feature Film Competition

Full-Length Feature Film entries should be a narrative, animation or documentary film that has a minimum running time of forty minutes and a maximum running time of one hundred minutes. (Non-English films featuring dialogue must include subtitles.)


The FEATURE FILM and DOCUMENTARY FILM competitions will be "jurored" by writer/director/producer DEREK WAYNE JOHNSON, whose recent film, John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, was selected as Best Documentary at the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival.


The Nacogdoches Film Festival has a firm policy of NOT waiving entry fees. All entries MUST be submitted through FilmFreeway.

This is the third year for the Full-Length Feature Film competition.

Fee Schedule for Full-Length Feature Films:

  • Early-bird — $25 USD
  • Regular — $35 USD


Dates & Deadlines

  • Opening Date — August 1, 2018
  • Early-bird Deadline — October 1, 2018
  • Regular Deadline — January 1, 2019
  • Notification Date — February 1, 2019
  • Festival Dates — February 21-23, 2019


Rules & Terms
The Nacogdoches Film Festival will be considering entries in the categories of short film, independent feature length, music video, and high school short film submissions.

  • SHORT FILMS are restricted to a maximum running time of twenty (20) minutes to be considered.
  • FEATURE LENGTH FILMS must have a minimum running time of at least forty (40) minutes and a maximum running time of one hundred (100) minutes to be considered.
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS must have a minimum running time of at least forty (40) minutes and a maximum running time of one hundred (100) minutes to be considered.
  • MUSIC VIDEOS are restricted to a maximum running time of five (5) minutes to be considered.
  • HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILMS are restricted to a maximum running time of fifteen (15) minutes to be considered.


The Nacogdoches Film Festival is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose revenues go toward scholarships for film students at Stephen F. Austin State University. We have a firm policy of NOT  WAIVING entry fees.

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Awards & Prizes
The winner of the FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM competition will receive a cash prize of $300 and a commemorative plaque, in addition to having their film shown to open the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival.

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