TUFF - Texas Union Film Festival Frequently Asked Questions

- Who may enter TUFF?

Any UT Austin undergraduate or graduate student registered for the Spring semester.

 - How many times and where will my short be shown?

The short submitted will be shown once in the Texas Union Theatre (UNB 2.228) during the Texas Union Film Festival.

 - 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 committee’s discretion. The committee will follow the framework set by the MPAA, and will accept shorts they decide are acceptable up to the rated “R” level. Please refer to the MPAA’s description of rated “R” criteria.

 - 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. Contact E+E Showtime at studentevents@universityunions.utexas.edu for more information.

 - 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 filmed off-campus, or previously made for an academic course.

 - Is there a cash prize?

Though there will be awards recognizing the winners of the film competition, there will not be a cash prize awarded.

 - How old can the short be?

Shorts may be up to two (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). Submissions forms can also be found on the E+E Showtime HornsLink page.

The submission form and the short film in a sealed envelope will be required for submission. The envelope should have the director or submitter’s name on the outside, and the short, whether on a USB drive or DVD, should be sealed inside the envelope.

 - Where should the short be turned in?

The short should be turned in to the Campus Events + Entertainment Office, UNB 4.312.

 - Who are the judges?

Judges are pulled from  RTF department Austin film community.

 - Whose property is this short?

The short is still your property, but is being shown by the University with your consent (as designated 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 questions, who can I get in touch with?

Please email studentevents@universityunions.utexas.edu or call 512-475-6630.