5th Annual

Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase

July 19, 2018 to July 22, 2018


Texas Short


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 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Student Fee 25.00 *
Regular Deadline
November 10, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 30.00 *
Late Deadline
January 20, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
Final Chance
April 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Student Fee 45.00 40.00

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

Category Details

Approximately May 31, 2018

Shorts: From 6 minutes to 30 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
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Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best "Domestic"
For the purposes of this festival, a "Domestic" film is any film produced within Texas. Thus, the Best Domestic Feature or Short will be the best film as decided by a panel of impartial judges, that was produced within the borders of the Lone Star State. Texas
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
The best film of the festival as decided by audience ratings.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Director's Choice
Presented by the festival directors to a film that they personally enjoyed and they feel is deserving of an award. The selection may be a feature or short film from any genre.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Short and Simple version:
Films made in Texas are considered "Domestic" films for the purposes of FWIFS.

Films that are not native to Texas should submit under the U.S. or International Short category.
Submitting as a Texas film will not improve your chances of acceptance. If you don't comply, all it does is confuse the judges. Please submit in the proper category. You know where you're from.

Narrative, Documentary, or animated films are accepted in this category. Length must be between six and thirty minutes.

Premiere status does not matter. The film may have distribution. The filmmaker/submitter assumes responsibility for compliance to the distribution contract.

Currently, there are no restrictions or production/completion date.

The film must not have previously played at the FWIFS.

Films that were submitted but did not play, are eligible for submission.

Don't submit anything that a reasonable person would consider to be pornography. We are by no means prudes, but there might be kids in the room. Think of the children.

Long and Complicated version:

Films submitted in the Texas category must be produced within the state of Texas. Submitted films that do not meet this criteria will be moved to the Foreign or International category as appropriate.

Films must be submitted via Withoutabox, via high resolution download, or online screener accepted by Withoutabox.
The submission fee will be required for all films submitted.

Officially selected films must be submitted on DVD (NTSC), Blu-Ray, or digital format (MP4).
Films must be available for screening during the advertised dates of the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
(This means that you either own or have permission to use everything in the film.)
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English.
Foreign language films without English subtitles will not be screened.
Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and screeners) will be considered.
Please complete your submission via Withoutabox.
Please double check your information prior to submission.
The FWIFS is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications, promotions, or awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.
We will consider works in progress. However, the final screening copies must be received no later than two weeks before the showcase.
If the running time of the final screening copy is significantly different than the review copy (such that it will not fit in the originally assigned time slot), the FWIFS reserves the right to change the screening time and/or date of the film.


Digital files are preferred. For the best screening experience, please submit your screener as an MP4 file.

If you choose to send physical media:
Please send two copies of the film on DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray, playable on standard commercial Blu-Ray players (not a data disk with a file of the movie).
Please check the disk before sending it.

DO NOT send press kits with your submission.

Accepted films will receive instructions for submitting promotional materials with the acceptance notification.
DO send your synopsis and, if desired, a cover letter introducing you/your film.
DVDs will not be returned via mail. (If you attend the festival and wish to have your disc returned, just ask after the screening. We will be happy to oblige)

When requested please send DVD or Blu Ray to:
Attn: Submissions
P.O. box 331142
Fort Worth TX,76163

Please monitor Withoutabox for the status of your submission.
Email will be the primary means of communications. If you have not received notifications shortly after the final submission deadline passes, check your spam or junk mail folder. If the messages did not route to one of those folders then contact the festival director with an alternate email address.
If you prefer some other means of electronic communications, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your reasonable request.