Submissions are now closed. See 2019 STXIFF for Official Selections.

The City of Edinburg, in an effort to promote the visual arts and the growing Film industry in the Rio Grande Valley, has developed an annual selective film festival, the South Texas International Film Festival.

The STXIFF is an annual event that strives to showcase the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, STXIFF showcases State, National, and International films that have a unique voice and style. Our Festival brings together local filmmakers and artists to help connect the South Texas film industry with the world.

This year, the Festival will run from September 4th through September 7th of 2019 for its fifth edition. The submission guidelines for the 2019 South Texas International Film Festival (henceforth also referred to as “Festival” and “STXIFF”) are as follows:

  1. Call for entry for the 2019 STXIFF will open on November 5th, 2018. Final submissions close at 11:59 PM on April 14th, 2019. Deadlines will have four different final dates:

    1. Early Bird Entry: November 10th, 2018 – December 16th, 2018

    2. Regular Entry: December 17th, 2018 – March 17th, 2019

    3. Late Entry: March 18th, 2019 – April 28th, 2019

  2. All genres and sub-genres are accepted, as long as the STXIFF Committee considers they align with the mission and vision of the Festival.

  3. Feature films must be between sixty (60) minutes and one-hundred and ten (110) minutes in length, including credits. Short films must be between two (2) minutes and thirty (30) minutes, including credits. DISCLAIMER: films will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis but might not be selected if they fail to meet these requirements.

  4. In order to be eligible for competition, films must have been completed no earlier than January 1st, 2017. Films completed before this date, will not be selected for competition but may be selected for a showcase.

  5. The competing film must be a Rio Grande Valley premiere and must not be available online or physically for purchase, renting, or free streaming. If the film has been publicly screened elsewhere in the area, it will not be considered for competition. You may have your film online but private (i.e. password or private link). This excludes non-higher ed. Rio Grande Valley student films.  

  6. Film submissions will be admitted only through Film Freeway.

  7. The minimum requirement for selected films is H264 in MP4 format. If selected, the deadline to submit your film, poster, and trailer will be Sunday, June 30th of 2019 before 11:59 PM. Failure to submit all three (3) items will result in the film being disqualified from selection and competition.

  8. Films which do not have English as their original language must have English subtitles included in the film screener and final projection file.

  9. Works in progress will not be accepted.

  10. Non-Higher Ed. Students, i.e. high school students, will enter competition under the Student RGV Category.

  11. Each of the following categories can be either in documentary or narrative format. The Festival accepts animation for any category and format. If either of the categories fails to meet a quota of entries which the STXIFF Board Members consider is too low, then said category will be eliminated from the competition. These are the competition categories for the 2019 STXIFF:

    1. Narrative Feature Film

      1. International

      2. National

      3. Texas

    2. Narrative Short Film

      1. International

      2. National

      3. Texas

      4. RGV

    3. Documentary

      1. Feature Film

      2. Short Film

    4. Animated

      1. Feature Film

      2. Short Film

    5. Student Films

      1. Texas Student

      2. Student RGV

  12. These are the prizes that will be awarded this year at the 2019 STXIFF:

      1. Best International Feature

      2. Best National Feature

      3. Best Texas Feature

      4. Best International Short

      5. Best National Short

      6. Best Texas Short

      7. Best RGV Short

      8. Best Documentary Feature

      9. Best Documentary Short

      10. Best Animation Short

      11. Best Student Film – Texas Student

      12. Best Student Film – RGV Student

      13. Best Texas Feature Film Director

      14. Best RGV Short Film Director

      15. Best Texas Actor

      16. Best Texas Actress

      17. Best RGV Actor

      18. Best RGV Actress

      19. Audience Award

  1. A Jury of industry professionals will determine the winners of each category previous to the start of the Festival. The decisions will be final and unappealable and will be announced during the Award Ceremony on September 21st, 2019.

  2. Volunteers, staff, and employees of the STXIFF, Dustin Sekula Memorial Library, City of Edinburg or Edinburg Arts Foundation may not participate in any of the films which compete for an award. This includes but is not limited to actress, actor, director, writer, producer, or any other member of the production team of the film. If the producer and/or director wishes to appeal a crew member’s conflict of interest, they may do so by contacting the STXIFF staff no later than April 21st, 2019. The STXIFF will review the appeal and give a response no later than May 10th, 2019.

  3. By submitting your film, you grant permission to the Festival to use up to thirty (30) seconds of your material for Festival promotion, in case your film is selected. This includes the poster, trailer, and if need be sections of your film for promotion and the awards ceremony.

  4. For marketing purposes, we require all films selected also submit their poster and three (3) stills of the film by July 1st, 2019. Films selected must submit trailer no later than the aforementioned date.

  5. Any other situation not considered in these submission guidelines will be reviewed by the South Texas International Film Festival.

  6. We recommend you carefully review these guidelines and please email stxiff@edinburglibrary.us if you have any additional questions.

DISCLAIMER: In an effort to ensure fairness and transparency within our regional film competition, we invite professional filmmakers from outside the Rio Grande Valley to view and to select the films in our regional competition. This process provides an equal platform for all local filmmakers in the RGV.