Thin Line Fest

Thin Line Fest
5012 Pebble Beach Trail
Denton, United States

2017, Finished
Wed 19th Apr to Sun 23rd Apr

Festival Overview

hin Line Film Fest - Texas' International Documentary Film Festival is held in Denton - just north of Dallas / Fort Worth. The 8th Annual Thin Line Film Fest is February 18-22, 2015.

We are very excited to announce that Thin Line will award nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes to the best feature and short documentaries of the year including Best Feature and Short, Audience Feature and Short, Best Student, and the Denton Award.

Thin Line Film Fest will give your documentary our undivided attention during the review process. We review documentaries on any topic, of any length, shot on any format, and completed in any year. We want relevant stories with compelling characters and told in a creative way. We not only want traditional docs, but also mockumentaries, docufictions, docudramas, or any film that pushes the boundaries of the documentary genre.

2014 marked the beginning of a multi-year journey to expand the Thin Line brand. Last year we introduced Thin Line Music Fest. Running concurrently with the film festival, the music fest hosted over 100 bands across 6 downtown locations! Festival headliner was Sebadoh, but the rest of the fest was all local and some regional acts. It was a true salute to the North Texas music community.

This year, we complete the new festival experience with Thin Line Photo Fest. The photo festival will run concurrently with Thin Line Film and Thin Line Music. Thin Line Photo will curate and exhibit up to 400 images at dozens of locations around downtown Denton, TX. Visit our website ( to submit your work to Thin Line Photo.

We continue Thin Line Music in 2015 with a different approach. 5 nationally-touring acts will be invited to perform the Thin Line main stage with local and regional acts to open. It will be a beautiful mix of styles and sounds at a historic venue right in the heart of downtown Denton, TX.

Thin Line Fest is set in the historic downtown square of Denton, TX. Denton is a progressive community with two universities. The music scene is one of the best in the country with plenty of places to catch a jazz ensemble or an indie rock band within a block or two of festival venues. We screen at the historic Campus Theatre while other events are held throughout the historic and lively downtown square. Surrounded by a lively and safe night scene, Thin Line Fest truly is one-of-a-kind.


Thin Line Best Documentary Award
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 with Panavision.
Value of Goods/Services: 15,000 U.S. Dollar

Denton 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.
Cash Award Value: 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.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Known festival contacts Contacts
Josh Butler
Festival Director
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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 Film and Music submission fees. Your submission must be flagged as 'student' when asked and you must e-mail a photo/copy of your student ID to

-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 no later than January 5th, 2015.
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 2015; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film, photo, or music at Thin Line 2015; 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 2015.
-You must authorize Thin Line Fest to exhibit your selected work during the 2015 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 [Exhibition copy must be a digital file format (h.264 @ 25Mbps or Apple ProRes)]; and (ii) any marketing or press materials.
-All invited filmmakers are provided housing for the night of their screening.
-All filmmakers are encouraged to attend their screening.

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.



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