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For Filmmakers


For Filmmakers

Submit Waco rules Past festival

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For Filmmakers


For Filmmakers

Submit Waco rules Past festival

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Submissions


Submissions

Submissions


Submissions

New awards added

You know you wanna submit...

We love and accept short films of all genres: comedy, drama, horror, thriller, documentary, animation -- tell a story that grabs hold of us and won’t let go.

Please submit via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. 

Submit via FilmFreeway FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. 

Submit via FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. 

Submit via Withoutbox Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates. 

Submit via Withoutbox

Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates. 

We are an environmentally friendly festival.  We accept only digital entries. Do not send DVD’s, Blu-rays, press kits, dirty laundry or unruly children.

Submission fees and deadlines may be found on our festival page on FilmFreeway.

While we will screen feature films and student films, they will be under private invitation.  No submissions, please.

This year we are planning some great workshops, panel discussions, q&a's and plenty of time to network and party with fellow filmmakers. More details to be revealed as the event approaches. 

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this page to read the rules!

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Waco


Waco &

Central Texas

 

Waco


Waco &

Central Texas

 

Waco is HOT for the Arts!

This [designation] is the result of years of work by lots of people. It will pay off big time for the economy of Waco.
— Creative Waco Board President Charlie Olsen

It's a great time to be in Waco. Thousands of visitors flock to town every weekend to take in the restaurants, culture and shops in the area.  And now, the State of Texas has designated downtown Waco as a Cultural Arts District!

And, of course, Waco is the home of the hit HGTV show Fixer UpperChip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market is located just steps away from the Hippodrome.

 

Our Venue

 

We proudly screen at the Waco Hippodrome, a former vaudeville theater that’s over a century old. The Hippodrome is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has seen Elvis Presley and John Wayne enter its doors. Always a Waco tradition - now with recent renovations in seating, projection, and the addition of full kitchen and bar - the Hippodrome has been reborn as a central Texas destination.

 

 

 

 

Getting here

Waco is easily within driving distance of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. It’s easy to see why this area is called the Heart of Texas.

If you're flying in you'll arrive at Waco Regional Airport.  The airport is serviced by American Eagle with daily flights from DFW.

You may prefer to fly into Austin Bergstrom, DFW, or Dallas - Love Field and drive into town. Both airports are about 90 miles away - making it an easy drive if you'd like to rent a car.  Waco Streak is also an option that offers daily shuttle service to both Dallas airports. 

Hotels

There are several great hotels in the downtown Waco and surrounding areas.  If you are traveling from out of town, please email us and we can provide you a discounted rate at our festival hotel. 

Food

You better come hungry!  Don't just take our word for it. Check out Eater.com's top Waco food spots.  Culture Trip dishes out their top 10 restaurants.

And get fluent in brisket, queso and breakfast tacos.  Here's Texas' top FOOD contributions to the world. (Number one was created right here in Waco.) #YoureWelcome

 

Notable Things to see and do


Come on down, y’all. The stars at night are big and bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas!

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Rules


Rules

Rules


Rules

Do yourself a favor and read all the rules.

You agree to the following terms and conditions of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival.
1. All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights. The festival is not liable for any rights issues. 
2. You do not talk about Fight Club. 
3. By submitting a film to DitHFF, you grant the Deep in the Heart Film Festival permission to screen your film, if said film is officially accepted into this year's lineup.
4. If your film has been selected, you will have 14 DAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACCEPTANCE.  If we do not hear from you within 14 days of notification, your selection may be revoked.
5.  All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Foreign language films without English subtitles will not be screened. 
6. Only completed entries (including entry form, payment, and final film) will be considered.  The Deep in the Heart Film Festival does not consider works in progress.
7. We are an environmentally friendly festival.  We accept digital entries ONLY.  Do not send DVD’s, Blu-rays, press kits, dirty laundry or unruly children.
8. Films which have screened on television or are available on the internet are not eligible. (Password protected and private links are acceptable).
9. Films must have been produced no earlier than 2012.  
10. We have no premiere status requirements. 
11. If accepted, the filmmaker is required to provide the festival a digital file (.mov, .mp4), for exhibition as well as a backup DVD or Blu-Ray, US Region 1.  
12. As filmmakers ourselves we have never received a rejection letter that made us feel better, so we won't stick the knife in any deeper by sending one.
13. In accordance with the Deep in the Heart Film Festival policy, the entry fee is non-refundable. 
14. You will not be allowed to enter your work, unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival.

You grant the Deep in the Heart Film Festival the following: 
1. Permission to exhibit your film. Films must be available for screening during the festival, February 16-19, 2017.
2. Allow photos, posters, highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the Deep in the Heart Film Festival website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow DitHFF to promote the following year's festival with the material listed above. DitHFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the DitHFF.

The Festival:
1. We are accepting short film (under 50 minutes) submissions only. Feature films and Student films will be curated by the programmers.  We will not accept submissions for those categories. 
2. Notification of selections will be made by January 15, 2017.  
3. The Deep in the Heart Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming without notice. The official selections and screening schedule is at the sole discretion of the festival. 
4. Sorry, we cannot provide paid transportation or lodging for the event. Discounts may become available as the festival approaches. 
5. You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.  Entry fees will not be refunded. 
6. Our festival is funding by submission fees, to that end we cannot offer waivers. But since you were smart enough to read these rules, submit via FilmFreeway and use promo code IAMAREADER for a discount. 
7. Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the festival. Entrants are responsible for all costs incurred to attend this festival. Entrants receive two free passes to the film festival for the duration of the film festival.
8. Exceptions to these rules will not be made, unless we make an exception. 
9. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

For questions and inquiries, please email info@deepintheheartff.com

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Selections


2017

Selections


2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Official Selections of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival.

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Feature Films

  • Blur Circle
  • DisAssociationVille
  • Quaker Oaths
  • Sweethearts of the Gridiron
  • Tim Timmerman, Hope of America
  • We Can't Forget Vietnam

Short Films

  • A Conversational Place
  • A Dixon Twins Mystery
  • A Way Out
  • An Ape Walks Into a Bar: A True Story
  • An Ocean Away
  • Arene
  • Ball is Life
  • Birthday Girl
  • Brady’s Lot
  • Bunee: The Boy from Constanta
  • Concurrence
  • Counting to 1000
  • Detour
  • Dirty Work
  • Dual Interests
  • FILS
  • From Here
  • Get the Hell Out
  • Hada
  • Hard Broads
  • Hurricane
  • In The Blink
  • Incendio
  • Inside a Bundle
  • Jef Needs Ice Cream
  • Jordan Almonds
  • Junior
  • Kind of Blue
  • Knob Goblins
  • Lady of the House
  • Light
  • Manifest: Destiny
  • Maria Fernanda in Time
  • Monster
  • Moving Day*
  • Midnight Oil
  • Night of the Slasher
  • Nine to Five Ned
  • One for the Road
  • Oh Crappy Day
  • Penny and Paul
  • Promise Me
  • Riva
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Save
  • Second Chance on the Caprock
  • Shotgun*
  • Smokey
  • Squatch
  • Tattoo You
  • Texican
  • The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy
  • The Cannoli
  • The Clearing
  • The Gift
  • The In-Between Place
  • The Jackrabbit
  • The Resurrectionist
  • The Slum Dwellers
  • The Tenor
  • The Texas Sun
  • The Unconventional Gourmet
  • The Usual Silence*
  • This is Normal
  • Three Dalmatians
  • Twisted
  • Unexpected
  • Vehicular Romanticide
  • Voice for the Lonely
  • Wakinyan
  • What About Waco: “A Mighty Wind”
  • Ya Albi
  • Yes, We’re Open

*Denotes out of competition screening