Call for Entries for the 2018 San Antonio Film Festival

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips at last year’s San Antonio Film Festival.

The 24th annual San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM) is scheduled to  take place Aug. 1-5, 2018, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. A haven for filmmakers and film lovers alike, it has earned its well-deserved status as the largest film festival in South Texas.

SAFILM was founded in 1994 by local film instructor Adam Rocha. He identified the need for the Alamo City to have a flagship celebration of cinema, and he works tirelessly each year to make that happen.

“When I returned to San Antonio after studying at UT, I realized we had no outlet for filmmakers to show their work and no other way to truly build appreciation for independent films,” said Rocha. “That’s how this all started 24 years ago.”

For more than two decades, the Festival has attracted filmmakers, film lovers and others who recognize the importance of such an event occurring in San Antonio. Its audience includes members of the press, creatives, industry leaders, government officials and die-hard fans. The Festival also provides an environment in which opportunities for one-on-one networking abound. Connections are forged, and filmmakers can share ideas and inspiration.

As an inclusive platform for cinema artists, SAFILM screens scores of new and original films from across the country and around the world. There are red carpets, celebrity meet and greets and afterparties in downtown San Antonio that allow participants to interact in a welcome social setting. The Festival accepts films from artists at every level and provides opportunities for high school and college-level filmmakers to learn from seasoned industry professionals.

“One of the most important aspects of SAFILM is our commitment to the work of all filmmakers — pros, students and those just starting out,” Rocha added. “Part of that commitment is providing free workshops and seminars from industry pros that we fly in from all over to share knowledge and advice and be accessible during the film festival.”


SAFILM is now accepting submissions for all categories. Complete information and submission instructions can be found at


  • February 23, 2018 — Regular Deadline
  • March 30, 2018 — Late Deadline
  • April 27, 2018 — Extended Deadline


The Festival will present 13 awards this year:

  1. Grand Prize
  2.  Jury Prize for Best Performance
  3.  Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short
  4. Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short
  5. Jury Prize for best Historical Documentary
  6. Jury Prize for Best Animated Short
  7. Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  8. Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
  9. Best College Filmmaker
  10. Best High School Filmmaker
  11. Best San Antonio Filmmaker
  12. Best Actress in a Leading Role
  13. Lifetime Achievement Award

San Antonio Film Festival
August 1-5, 2018
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

Left to right: Director Anne Goursaud, SAFILM Founder Adam Rocha and Producer Marcia Nasatir, the San Antonio Film Festival’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


Kurt Gardner


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