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


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

This is the eighth year for the Short Film Competition.

Fee Schedule for Short Films

  • Early-bird — $20 USD
  • Regular — $25 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.
  • 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.

All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway.


Awards & Prizes
The winner of the SHORT FILM competition will receive a cash prize of $300 and a commemorative plaque, in addition to having your film shown at the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival. 

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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Short Film Competition

Short Film Competition 2018 Nacogdoches Film Festival