Texas Filmmaker's Showcase FAQ

What is the Showcase?

The 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.

When and Where is it?

The premiere screening of the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase will be held in Los Angeles. Additional public screenings of the Showcase will be held around Texas throughout the rest of the year.

Who are the filmmakers?

The 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; 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?

The 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?

By 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?

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

What films were in past Showcases?

Please visit our online archive for information about films from previous years: 1994199519961997199819992000,200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

Texas Film Commission
The Texas Film Commission is your first stop for resources that serve the film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game industries of Texas.  Serving the public since 1971, the Texas Film Commission supports our state’s global position as a premier production destination across all media industries. If you want to produce your next project in Texas, our industry-savvy staff is ready to connect you to Texas’ diverse locations, experienced workforce, support services, industry organizations and competitive production incentive program. 512-463-9200 or

Selig Polyscope 
The Selig Polyscope Company works with storytellers and content creators to bring their visions to the big screen through industry compliant Digital Cinema Package (DCP) encoding. We also work with film festivals to bring them industry services in encoding. projection, print traffic and media services to ensure what the audiences see and hear in the theater is what the storyteller intended. 972-965-0899 or

Houston First Corp.
Houston First Corp. manages more than 10 City-owned buildings and plazas and underground and surface parking for nearly 7,000 vehicles. These facilities include the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Houston Center for the Arts, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Jones Plaza, Miller Outdoor Theatre and other smaller venues. 800-4-HOUSTON or

Le Parc Suite Hotel
Le Parc Suite Hotel: Tucked in the heart of West Hollywood, Le Parc Suite Hotel is a chic, stylish retreat for trendsetters and sophisticates, who barely bat an eyelash when the world’s chart-topping musicians and A-list celebrities check in. Steps from the glamorous shopping, dining and music scenes of Los Angeles, this all-suite boutique hotel is all about easing into a comfortable, relaxed pace. 877-591-9556 or

  For additional information about the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase call 713-437-5249.

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