High School Short Film Competition


This category is open to currently-enrolled (2021-22 academic year) high school students ONLY.


Short Film entries should be a narrative, animation or documentary film that has a maximum running time of ten (10) minutes. (Non-English films featuring dialogue must include subtitles.)


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

This is the fifth year for the High School Short Film Competition.

Fee Schedule for High School Short Films:

  • Early-bird — $10 USD
  • Regular — $10 USD


Dates & Deadlines

  • Opening Date — June 11, 2021
  • Regular Deadline — October 1, 2021
  • Notification Date — October 11, 2021
  • Festival Dates — October 23, 2021


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 ten (10) minutes to be considered.
  • HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILMS are restricted to a maximum running time of ten (10) 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.

Awards & Prizes
The winner of the HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILM competition will receive a $100 gift certificate from the Fredonia Hotel and a commemorative plaque, in addition to having your film shown at the 2021 film festival. A total of five films will be selected for showing in each category, and the directors/producers of these films will receive a certificate of official selection, as well as a digital laurel for their promotion and marketing.

How to Submit an Entry
The Nacogdoches Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.




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Competition Index

  • Short Film Competition
  • Feature Film Competition
  • Documentary Film Competition
  • Music Video Competition
  • High School Short Film Competition
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