Submissions for the 2017 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). Submissions open August 1st, 2016. Official Selections will be notified on March 20th, 2017.


Festival Awards

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

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.

All award winners will receive a YETI Hopper, a personal, portable cooler.  YETI is an innovative Texas-based company that developed coolers for everyday use. YETI products are: Built for close calls in far-flung places. Built for tall tales and epic adventures. Built for finding comfort well outside comfort zones. Built for the wild.

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

Check out the previous festival award winners here.

2017 Deadlines

Extra Early – September 8, 2016
Shorts $20 | Student Shorts $20 | Features $30
Short Screenplay $20 | Feature Screenplay $25

Early-bird – November 3, 2016
Shorts $25 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $35
Short Screenplay $25 | Feature Screenplay $30

Regular – December 29, 2016
Shorts $30 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $40
Short Screenplay $30 | Feature Screenplay $35

Late – February 2, 2017
Shorts $35 | Student Shorts $25 | Features $55
Short Screenplay $35 | Feature Screenplay $40

Extended – February 16, 2017
Shorts $50 | Student Shorts $40 | Features $70
Short Screenplay $50 | Feature Screenplay $60