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Thank you for your interest in Thin Line Fest submissions. We are currently accepting submissions across all festivals: Film, Music, & Photo through January 15, 2017. We are in the late phase which ends on December 31st. If you can, get your submission in now as prices go up January 1st. Music submissions are free this year. Need more information? See one of the links below:

Fees & Deadlines

Official Rules

2017 Awards


New in 2017, Thin Line Fest is pleased to announce The Minerva Awards; a partnership with Texas Woman’s University. The first two awards in this series will be to the best documentary and best photograph that brings voice to the issues affecting the lives of women. The winning filmmaker will receive a $5,000 cash award. Recipients will be honored at the 2017 Award Ceremony. All filmmakers are eligible after successfully submitting their work. This is in addition to all other Thin Line Awards:


Thin Line Best Documentary Award (Feature & Short)
The overall best documentary will be determined by a jury. Only films pre-selected by the festival programming committee will be eligible for this award. The winner will be chosen based on the following characteristics: 1. Be technically and creatively well-rounded and consistent. 2. Contain innovative elements that utilize the array of directorial decisions and creativity. 3. Judges will NOT judge based on personal beliefs about the subject matter itself or any ethical concerns privately held by any one jury member.Feature winner will receive a $10,000 credit with Panavision. Short winner will receive a $5,000 credit with Panavision.
Value of Goods/Services: 15,000 U.S. Dollar

Denton Doc Award
The Denton Award is a $1,000 cash prize for the best feature or short documentary with a ‘connection’ to Denton County, Texas. A ‘connection’ can be any tie-in related to the People, Places, and Spirit of Denton County. Here are a few clear-cut examples: the filmmaker was born or currently resides in Denton County, the film’s main character was born in or currently resides in Denton County, or the film features a Denton County location or individual city/community. Here are a few not-so-clear-cut examples: the film uses Denton County locations but they aren’t featured or identifiable, the film’s subject matter deals with a topic or issue currently affecting the people of Denton County, or the film’s subject went to school in Denton County. All of the above examples would be eligible for this award. The criteria are meant to be broadly applied; but if you have a question send us an e-mail.
Value of Goods/Services: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Best Student Short Doc Award
The Best Student Short Doc Award is based on the same criteria used in the Thin Line Best Documentary Award except it only applies to short documentaries which are labelled as a Student project in your submission. Student projects are only eligible for student awards.
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar


This year’s theme is, “Show Us Your Best Work.” Amateur and professional photographers alike will typically have that one image (or series of images) that clearly define their style, scope, and passion in photography. Winners will be selected by an independent jury of professional photographers.

1st Place: $1,000 cash

2nd Place: $500 cash

3rd Place: $250 cash

4th Place: $150 cash


Thin Line Fest is a five-day film, music, and photography festival in Denton, Texas.

The 2017 festival is April 19-23, 2017. General admission to all festival programming is free.