5th Annual

NiFF Houston International Film Festival

October 16, 2019 to October 19, 2019

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2406 Quenby Drive
Houston TX 77005
Phone: 7135322867

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Foreign Short
Submission Opens on Jan 4, 2019
All submissions must have English subtitles.
We Do Not Exhibit in any format other than DVD, .mov and Blu-Ray. So, if accepted, you must have the correct format to play in the festival.
American Short
Duration: under 30 minutes

Submission format: Blu-ray, DVD or online link.
Exhibition format : Blu-ray or DVD or .mov.
American Independent Feature
Duration: 30 mins or more.

Submission format: Blu-ray, DVD or online link.
Exhibition format : Blu-ray or DVD or .mov

To be invited to the festival as a special feature, please email programming@niffhouston.org
World Cinema
Duration: 30 mins or more.
Submissions must have English subtitles.
Submission format: Blu-ray, DVD or online link.
Exhibition format : Blu-ray or DVD or .mov
Submission Format : Blu-Ray, DVD or Online Link.
Submissions must have English subtitles.
Exhibition format : Blu-ray/DVD/.mov
Documentaries in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
Shorts, features or documentaries chronicling LGBTQ stories of the world. For shorts, use the short fee, for features, use the feature fee.


NIFF HOUSTON is the first of its kind festival in Houston, the 4th most populous city in the USA, known for its influx of unique diversity of culture, where over 90 languages are spoken. This makes the city the right place to hold an international film event, where artists of different cultures and communities can voice their sensibility and feelings through moving pictures.

The festival aspires to become a platform for the most creative & original storytellers around the world, which is symbolic of the diversification of the city of Houston.

From local productions to contemporary world cinema, NIFF will screen quality features, shorts and documentaries in a 4-day event that will take place in October.


Next International Film Festival (NiFF), presented by Next Actor Studio, will hold its 5th edition on October 16 - 19, 2019 in Houston. The Festival will have its creative hub at Rice Village venue of Next Actor Film School.

In the past four years, Niff Houston was able to put together a great lineup of independent and foreign films and brought together actors, directors and producers from different parts of the world, who stayed back in Houston to enjoy the awards show at the end .of the festival.

Award winners who could not make it to Houston, sent in their acceptance speech by video. The videos by best actor Dominique Pinon (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) and best actress Laya Lewis (Skins) are online for viewing.

After entertaining the audience at Niff2015's opening night short film 'Narcissist', lead actor Brionne Davis went on to excel at Cannes, Sundance and other major venues with his starring role in the 2016 Oscar-nominated Colombian film 'Embrace of the Serpent.'

This goes to show that Niff Houston is a festival of substance, that thrives to showcase ingenious talent and celebrate original content through a phenomenal line-up of Independent American Cinema and diverse foreign films in both competitive and non-competitive sections.

Submission for 2019 opens in January. The first meet and greet for representatives of selected films, press and NiFF team members will take place in April by invitation.

Complete information and screening schedule will be available at www.niffhouston.org.

For media Inquiries, please contact : info@niffhouston.org

Thank you.


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Your submission must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline listed above and include the correct entry fee.

The Exhibition Format is DVD, Blu-Ray & .mov only. We will not present any other format.

All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

Films may be of any length, and of any genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, student films, music videos and experimental films. We are particularly interested in presenting U.S. and World Premieres. The Festival will consider works-in-progress, films with temporary sound tracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate from film.

For late deadline waivers, email the festival directly.


NiFF Houston International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Niff Houston International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.