Submissions for the 2018 festival are OPEN!

The Hill Country Film Festival accepts shorts (recommended <30 minutes) and feature films (recommended between 90 – 120 minutes) and hosts a Short Screenplay (10 pages or less) and Feature Screenplay competition (70 – 125 pages).


Festival Awards

The Hill Country Film Festival recognizes exceptional filmmaking in twelve categories.

Cinema Dulce – Best of Fest*
Audience Choice Award
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Texas Film*
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay

*Cash prizes will be given to winners of the festival’s Cinema Dulce – Best of Fest ($1,500) and Best Texas Film ($1,000) awards sponsored by Texas’ premier boutique winery Pedernales Cellars. Pedernales Cellars has a long-standing commitment of supporting the development of regional arts organizations, especially those with a strong educational mission. Through these awards, Pedernales Cellars looks to extend its support to include excellence in independent filmmaking for the benefit of the Texas Hill country community and beyond.

Check out the previous festival award winners here.

2018 Submission Deadlines

Extra Early – September 8, 2017
Shorts $20 | Student Shorts $20 | Features $30
Short Screenplay $20 | Feature Screenplay $25

Early-bird – November 3, 2017
Shorts $25 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $35
Short Screenplay $25 | Feature Screenplay $30

Regular – December 29, 2017
Shorts $30 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $40
Short Screenplay $30 | Feature Screenplay $35

Late – February 2, 2018
Shorts $35 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $55
Short Screenplay $35 | Feature Screenplay $40

Extended – February 16, 2018
Shorts $50 | Student Shorts $40 | Features $70
Short Screenplay $50 | Feature Screenplay $60