Texas Filmmaker's Showcase

Every year we have the privilege of putting together an exceptional collection of Texas-made short films and this year is no different. We look forward to sharing this collection in Los Angeles and all around Texas in the fall of 2015!
THANK YOU Texas Filmmakers who submitted to the 2015 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase!
Compiling/Judging in progress until mid-May, premiere scheduled for SUN6/21 at DGA in LA.
          • 2014 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase available on Blu-ray, $20/ea. from XL Multimedia or call 713-863-7778. 
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Texas Filmmaker's Showcase 2014

2014 Showcase Filmmakers

•Anything Made Of Paper (4:22min.) Brandon Ray & Pat Kondelis, Sugar Land TX
This animated music video is a fictional re-telling of the "West Memphis Three" story that inspired Bill Carter to write the song and echoes the hope we all must cling to in the face of injustice.
•The Astronaut's Secret (29:14min.) Zach Jankovic, Houston TX
THE ASTRONAUT'S SECRET explores Rich Clifford's career as an astronaut and how he and NASA kept the fact that he had Parkinson's disease a secret for more than fifteen years. The film also follows Rich as he begins to speak publicly about Parkinson's disease and becomes a source of inspiration for others suffering from the neurodegenerative disease. His story shows that with passion, dedication, and determination, one can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and reach for the stars. 

•Black Metal (8:56min.) Kat Candler, Austin TX 
After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan creates a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

•Rat Pack Rat (18:38min.) Todd Rohal, Austin TX
A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the boy's bedside.
•Skunk (16:15min.) Annie Silverstein, Austin TX
Raised by a single mother on an isolated subdivision in rural Texas, fourteen-year-old Leila’s deepest connection is with her pack of rescued dogs. When her beloved pit bull is stolen by an aspiring dog fighter, Leila is forced to stand up for herself, at the cost of her own innocence.
•The Trouble With Ray (22:41min.) Travis Johns, Houston TX
A short documentary following over four decades of queer activism from the original "citizen provocateur", Ray Hill. 
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QWhat is the Showcase?

AThe Texas Filmmaker's Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best of Texas short films and videos under 40 minutes in length, presented to industry professionals in the Hollywood film community.

The filmmakers whose projects are selected to participate will be flown from Texas to Los Angeles and provided with one evenings accommodation and transportation to and from the screening.

The screening is accompanied by a reception where filmmakers and industry professionals can visit with each other to discuss filmmaking , financing, distribution and other aspects of the movie business.

QWhen and Where is it?

AThe premiere screening of the 2015 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase will be held in Los Angeles in the summer of 2015 at the Directors Guild of America theater. Additional public screenings of the Showcase will be held around Texas throughout the rest of the year.

Who are the filmmakers?

aThe submitted projects must have been produced in Texas or by a current Texas resident as a creative short (non-commissioned, non-commercial); The project must be 40 minutes or less in length; the project must have been completed within three years before the entry deadline of April 1, 2015; the project can not have been submitted in a previous year; three projects per filmmaker, per year can be submitted. No Entry Fee!


Who are the judges?

aThe selection committee is a cross section of film industry professionals from outside the state of Texas. The judges will view and score the projects and as many of the top scoring projects that can fit into 90 minutes will become the Showcase for this year. The number of projects that can fit into 90 minutes usually ranges from 5 to 10 projects, depending on running time of the films.


Why do we do this?

aBy presenting this showcase, the Houston Film Commission continues the commitment to the local and state film industry, while giving talented and enthusiastic Texas filmmakers the opportunity of a lifetime.


How do we do this?

aThe Showcase is presented by the Houston Film Commission with the generous support of additional sponsors. All of our sponsors are supportors of burgeoning independent filmmaking in Texas.


What films were in past Showcases?

aPlease visit our online archive for information about films from previous years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors:

  • Texas Film Commission
    The Texas Film Commission (TFC) was created in 1971 by Texas Governor Preston Smith to "encourage the orderly development of the film, television, and multi-media production industry in Texas in order to utilize the state's vast array of natural, human, and economic resources which are uniquely suitable for that industry." Since then, the TFC has expanded to included the film, television, commercial, video game, and animation industries.

  • XL Multimedia
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