9th Annual

Lone Star Film Festival

November 05, 2015 to November 08, 2015

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209 W. 2nd Street
Suite 284
Fort Worth TX 76102
Phone: 817-924-6000
Fax: 817-924-6001

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Documentary Feature Length
Non fiction work over 30 minutes long.
Documentary Short Form
Non fiction work under 30 minutes.
Narrative Feature Length
Fiction work between 30 and 120 minutes
Narrative Short Form
Fiction works under 30 minutes.
Student Short Competition
Short films (narrative or documentary with a runtime of no more than 30 minutes) made by undergraduate or graduate level college students enrolled at an institution.


The Lone Star Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of the moving image as an art form and to showcase the City of Fort Worth to the world.

The Society accomplishes this mission through year-round presentation, education, and community collaboration. This includes an international film festival that is the leading event of its kind in North Texas.


Named one of MovieMaker Magazines "Top 50 Film Festival's Worth The Entry Fee" in 2015, for the 3rd consecutive year!

The Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Sundance Square is a presentation of the Lone Star Film Society. Selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2013, 2014, and 2015 the festival seeks to discover and platform emerging films, talent, trends and distribution models that will shape the future of film.

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The LSFF Feature Film Competition Program focuses on new works from emerging talents made with modest budgets. Feature films and filmmakers accepted into the program will reflect a spirit of progress in independent filmmaking by advancing storytelling through unique and original productions. Accepted filmmakers will receive one-on-one mentorship from leaders in the fields of distribution and marketing. Since 2011, mentors have included such industry luminaries as Ted Hope, Jon Reiss, Joshua Green, Basil Tsiokos and Orly Ravid.

All winning feature filmmakers receive cash prizes as well as further mentorship and support for their projects. All juried winners receive cash prizes. The winning narrative and documentary feature film receive $2,500 USD each and the winning short film receives $500 USD. Please read rules and regulations for entry carefully.

Leaving to older and larger festivals the role of programming broadly, the LSFF has chosen quality over quantity as its primary programming aspiration. Since 2007, the festival has provided North Texas audiences with their first and sometimes only opportunity to see such highly lauded films as:


In addition to great films, the LSFF provides opportunities to interact with leaders of the indie film world. Past guests and honorees of the festival include:

Julian Schnabel
Bily Bob Thornton
Albert S. Ruddy
John Hawkes
Ted Hope
Jeff Bridges
Robert Duvall
T Bone Burnett
Willie Nelson
Martin Sheen
Robert Rodriguez
Melonie Diaz
Ron White
Elizabeth Avellan
Lyle Lovett
Louis Black
Billy Joe Shaver
John Lee Hancock

“The Lone Star Film Festival shines brightly…Movie enthusiasts may come to Sundance Square this weekend to see anticipated national releases…but chances are good they will leave talking about the auspicious films with Texas ties.”

- The New York Times

“Although just in its seventh year, the Lone Star Film Festival has consistently grown in size and star-wattage, attracting talents such as Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall.”

- Indiewire

“Under Lone Star Film Festival’s B1st program, industry biggies like Jon Reiss and Ted Hope mentor moviemakers in new models of marketing and distribution, prepping them for the next steps in finding their films’ audience. As a festival representative said, ‘Better is better.’”

- MovieMaker Magazine

“Film Festivals must do more these days than just bring films to the public…Fortunately some festivals are doing something the help. The Lone Star Film Festival is one…”

- Ted Hope

“[The LSFF is] providing real leadership for their emerging filmmakers with the smart B1st program. They continue to build the B1st program to provide marketing and distribution mentorship, and real connections that are necessary for gaining access to various areas of the marketplace.”

- Tim Hobbs (2012 LSFF Grand Jury Prize Winner, AQUI Y ALLA)

“[The Lone Star Film Festival] has moved away from the old festival model of providing access to more data. Now it serves as an arbiter of, and liaison for, films worth watching”

- Dallas Observer

The Lone Star Film Festival is held each year in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, which recently unveiled a brand new plaza that serves as the cultural and social center of downtown. The theater that holds LSFF is newly renovated as well and is adjacent to all of the shops, restaurants, and nightlife downtown Fort Worth has to offer. Fort Worth is the 17th largest city in the nation, and the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex consistently ranks among the top five media markets in the U.S.


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SUBMISSION RULES for Lone Star Film Festival (Fort Worth, Texas - November, 2014)

Lone Star Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Lone Star Film Festival.

1. Entries must be postmarked no later than August 30, 2014.

2. In order to be eligible for the Narrative or Documentary Feature Competition, films must never have screened before in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the surrounding areas.

3. Entrants must submit a DVD viewing copy for consideration if they are not submitting via secure online screener.

4. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD or attached secure online screener.

5. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English (unless special arrangements have been made with festival).

6. Please attach WAB four-digit number when submitting with DVD.

7. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening entrants must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi. NOTE: Only electronic images will be accepted for the official festival catalog-program. We also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.

8. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Lone Star International Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


Lone Star 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 Lone Star 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.