March 25-29, 2020 | Denton, Texas, USA

Submit Your Film

  • Submit via FilmFreeway
  • Prices vary, True Texas Travel is Free
  • Deadlines: Oct 31, Nov 30, Dec 31, Jan 31
  • Awards range: $500-$10,000 cash value

Submit Your Music

  • All genres considered
  • Submission is free
  • Email us your EPK

Submit Your Photos

  • Submit via Judgify
  • Prices vary by deadline
  • Deadlines: Feb 15
  • 5 Categories: $500 Award each


Thin Line Best 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 $10,000 credit with Panavision. Short winner will receive a $5,000 credit
Sponsor: Panavision

Denton Award
The Denton Award is a $500 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.
Cash Award Value: 500 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 Withoutabox submission. Student projects are eligible for all awards.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

True Texas Travel Award - Grand Prize
All finalists and selected honorable mention entries will be highlighted on and in Texas Highways magazine’s social media postings. Finalists will be invited to a special screening and red carpet event at Thin Line Fest 2019 where the Grand Prize winner will be announced. One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive an unforgettable 4 night/5 day luxury Fredericksburg escape in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and a $2000 cash prize.
Sponsor: Texas Highways Magazine
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

Photo - Best of Category Awards
A top winner will be selected in each photography category by a panel of distinguished judges. This award will go to the photograph that best exemplifies the criteria laid out for each category. There could be as many as five (5) Best of category awards. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
Sponsor: Pilot Point Economic Development
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Official 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 eligibility 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 artists 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 March 1, 2019.
  • 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 only accept 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 2019; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film, photo, or music at Thin Line 2019; 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 2019.
  • You authorize Thin Line Fest to exhibit your selected work during the 2019 festival.
  • You 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 [preferably a DCP, otherwise a digital file format (Apple ProRes at 2K resolution or higher)]; 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 Artists are encouraged to attend their screening.
  • All Artists receive food and beverage hospitality via the Festival Green Room.
  • Filmmakers and Musicians 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.
  • All invited works are ineligible for competitive awards.