11th Annual

Thin Line Fest

April 18, 2018 to April 22, 2018


Documentary Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Student Fee 10.00 *
Regular Deadline
November 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Student Fee 15.00 *
Late Deadline
December 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 20.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
January 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 45.00
Student Fee 30.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 28, 2018

Features: minimum 40 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Thin Line Best Documentary Award
The overall best documentary will be determined by a jury. Only films pre-selected by the festival programming committee will be eligible for this award. The winner will be chosen based on the following characteristics: 1. Be technically and creatively well-rounded and consistent. 2. Contain innovative elements that utilize the array of directorial decisions and creativity including, but not limited to: interview techniques (if there are interviews), narrative flow (traditional or not), overall style and approach to subject matter, as well as interest and importance of the content, subject, and people or things involved in the film. 3. Judges will NOT judge based on personal beliefs about the subject matter itself or any ethical concerns privately held by any one jury member. Winner will receive a $10,000 credit with Panavision.
Value of Goods/Services: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

Denton Award
The Denton Award is a $500 cash prize for the best feature or short documentary with a 'connection' to Denton County, Texas. A 'connection' can be any tie-in related to the People, Places, and Spirit of Denton County. Here are a few clear-cut examples: the filmmaker was born or currently resides in Denton County, the film's main character was born in or currently resides in Denton County, or the film features a Denton County location or individual city/community. Here are a few not-so-clear-cut examples: the film uses Denton County locations but they aren't featured or identifiable, the film's subject matter deals with a topic or issue currently affecting the people of Denton County, or the film's subject went to school in Denton County. All of the above examples would be eligible for this award. The criteria are meant to be broadly applied; but if you have a question send us an e-mail.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

All films submitted for the Feature Documentary category must be 40 minutes or more in length. Please submit two DVD (Region 0 or Region 1 NTSC). Each DVD must have a case. We prefer paper sleeves. Please do not send retail boxes. The extra pieces are not necessary. We only watch your movie.

All entries must be labeled with the title, running time and WAB #. This information must be on the DVD itself. Please DO NOT write on the case. THIN LINE FEST will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if the entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media.

If you submit as a student then you will ONLY be eligible for student awards; likewise, you must submit as a student to be eligible for the student award.

Filmmakers may submit more than one film; but each must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.

THIN LINE FEST will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Please indicate on your shipping bill that all transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender.

The Entry Fee is non-refundable.

DVDs and submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals. If you require confirmation of receipt, please include a self-addressed and stamped postcard.

All applicants will be notified of their status on or near February 28, 2018 via e-mail. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing submissions@thinline.us.

Send all entries to:

Thin Line Fest Submissions
c/o Texas Filmmakers
1501 South Loop 288
Suite 104, PMB 147
Denton, TX 76208
Phone & Fax: 888-893-4560

E-mail submissions@thinline.us with "SUBMISSIONS" in the subject line.