TUFF - Texas Union Film Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Who may enter TUFF?
 Any UT Austin undergraduate or graduate student registered for the Spring 2017 semester.
 
How many times and where will my short be shown publically? 
The TUFF official selections will be shown once in the Texas Union Theatre (UNB 2.228) during the Texas Union Film Festival on February 23rd, 2017.
 
What are the content criteria for the shorts? 
E+E Showtime will review each submission and select the best shorts to fit the film competition. Content will be accepted/rejected at the committees discretion. Films will be evaluated based on merit in narrative storytelling, technical achievement, creativity and originality.  

What are the time constraints for the short? 
Films must be under ten minutes in length. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis. 

May I submit more than one film? 
Each student can submit more than one film, but only one may be selected to be screened. 
 
Where may I film the short? 
The short must be shot off-campus, unless previously made for an academic course. 
 
Is there a cash prize? 
No. TUFF does furnish fabulous prizes for the winners, however!
 
How old can the short be? 
Shorts may be up to 2 years old. E+E Showtime will not accept shorts made during high school. 

What info must be turned in with the short? 
Download this year's submission form here (pdf file). Submission forms can also be found on the E+E Showtime HornsLink page. Enclose your film on a DVD or flash drive along with the submission form in a plain envelope. The envelope should have the director or submitters name and contact information on the outside.

Where should the short be turned in? 
Submissions must be turned in at the front desk of the Campus Events + Entertainment Office in the Texas Union - room UNB 4.312.

Who are the judges? 
Judges include faculty from the Radio, Television, and Film Department, members of the Austin filmmaking community, and notable UT alumni. 

Whose property is this short?
The short is still your property, but is being shown by the University with your consent (as stated on the submission form).

Will I get the short back? 
The shorts will be available for pickup starting the Friday after TUFF at the Campus Events + Entertainment Office (UNB 4.312). Your UT ID must be shown to pick up your materials.

How long do I have to pick up my USB Drive or DVD/CD? 
The shorts will be held until the last day of classes. They will be disposed of after then.
  
If I have any additional questions, who can I get in touch with? 
Please email studentevents@universityunions.utexas.edu or call 512-475-6630.