Submit Your Film

  • Submit via FilmFreeway
  • Prices vary
  • Deadlines: Oct 31, Nov 30, Dec 31, Jan 20
  • Awards range: $500-$15,000 cash value

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  • Submission is free
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Submit Your Photos

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Film Awards

*2020 Awards listed in the below Festival sections are subject to change.

Best Feature Documentary
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 including, but not limited to: interview techniques (if there are interviews), narrative flow (traditional or not), overall style and approach to subject matter, as well as interest and importance of the content, subject, and people or things involved in the film. 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 $15,000 credit with Panavision. Short winner will receive a $5,000 credit with Panavision.
Award Value: $15,000, $5,000
Sponsor: Panavision

Emerging Non-Fiction Filmmaker
This award will go to the documentary filmmaker that shows the most promise for a successful career. Typically, this would be a first-time feature filmmaker, but it could also be a filmmaker that has a larger body of short film work.
Award Value: $5,000
Sponsor: Panavision

Best Domestic/International Documentary
This award matches the criteria of the Best Feature Award. If the Best Feature is awarded to an International film then this award will be given to the Best Domestic Documentary. If the Best Feature is awarded to a Domestic film then this award will be given to the Best International Documentary.
Award Value: $5,000
Sponsor: Panavision

Denton Award
The Denton Award is a $500 cash or cash value 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.
Award Value: $500

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.
Award Value: $500

Official Film Rules

Submission fees are in US Dollars and are non-refundable. Thin Line reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without a refund or credit, if eligibilty requirements are not met or if eligibility status changes. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. One submission is defined as one film, one band or musician, and one photo. Submission fees may be paid by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

NOTE: Students get 50% off submission fees. Your submission must be flagged as 'student' and your submission profile must include a photo/copy of your student ID. Any issues email

  • Student works are accepted.
  • Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
  • All entrants will be notified by e-mail or phone of their submission status on or around February 1, 2020.
  • Multiple entries are allowed. If submitting multiple works across different festivals (Film & Photo, etc); you will be required to submit two transactions, one for each festival.
  • Make sure to tell us any special info about you or your submission. Some key points could be that you are a Texas-based artist. Or does your work have anything to do with the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, or Denton County?
  • All three festivals accept (and prefer) digital submission materials.
  • Submission materials will not be returned.

If You Are Selected

  • You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film, photo, or music at Thin Line 2020; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film, photo, or music at Thin Line 2020; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Thin Line Fest, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film, photo, or music at Thin Line 2020.
  • You must authorize Thin Line Fest to exhibit your selected work during the 2020 festival.
  • You must authorize Thin Line Fest to use your selected work for festival promotion purposes.
  • You must deliver to the festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited film in DCP format; and (ii) any marketing or press materials.
  • All filmmakers are provided housing for the night of their screening. Feature filmmakers are provide one additional night.
  • All filmmakers are encouraged to attend their screening.
  • All filmmakers receive food and beverage hospitality via the Festival Green Room.
  • You must agree to a radius restriction of 30 days and 50 miles. Any other screening of your film within those limits must be approved by the festival in writing.

Invited Works/Artists

  • Thin Line, at its sole discretion, may invite select films/musicians/photographers to participate in the festival.