Showtime hosts programs and events related to film and television. In past years, these programs included the weekly Blockbuster and Late-Night Film Series, advanced movie screenings, TV premieres, trivia nights, sing-alongs, and interactive events.
Due to COVID-19, Showtime has partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse this year to host a Virtual Film Series via their Alamo on Demand platform. Showtime also hosts the annual Texas Union Film Festival (TUFF) to celebrate student filmmakers at UT.
Spring 2021 Virtual Film Series
Check out Showtime's ongoing events:
- Virtual Film Series: Every Thursday at 6pm via ondemand.drafthouse.com
- Texas Union Film Festival (TUFF)
How to sign up for movies this semester:
Qualtrics links open 2 weeks before each event and closes 2 days prior to it.
How to Join Showtime
Showtime is open and free for all students to join! To become a member, just attend one of our meetings on Zoom (Meeting ID: 935 2937 9453) Mondays 5-6 pm, and fill out this interest form. If you're looking for more Showtime-related content, check out our new podcast where we hang out and discuss all things relating to movies. We hope to see you soon!
Our Instagram: @utshowtime
This Week From Showtime...
It's a week of firsts for Showtime! 08/31 is our first committee meeting (and first social) open to all interested students. Thursday, 09/03 is the first screening from our new Virtual Film Series (sign up by 09/01), and the first episode of our podcast is out this week on Spotify! Are you excited yet?
Texas Union Film Festival (TUFF)
Showtime invites you to take part in the annual Texas Union Film Festival! TUFF will challenge, entertain, and move you. The event showcases and celebrates the rich tradition of student filmmaking at the University of Texas and seeks to connect student filmmakers with the wider Austin film community.
Call for Submissions: Are you TUFF enough?
Showtime invites you to participate in the 12th Annual Texas Union Film Festival. We’d like for you to join us on our new virtual platform where we will be hosting our festival from April 5 through April 9, 2021. We are partning with Alamo Drafthouse to host and stream TUFF films via their Alamo on Demand platform.
Films for the competition should be under 10 minutes in length. Exceptions to the length may be made on a case-by-case basis. The short must be filmed off of the UT campus unless made for an academic course. Films up to two (2) years old may be used. No work from high school will be accepted. Each student may submit more than one film, but only one may be selected to be screened at the festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may enter TUFF?
Any UT Austin undergraduate or graduate student registered for the Spring 2021 semester.
What are the content criteria for the shorts?
E+E Showtime will review each submission and select the best films to screen at the competition. Content will be accepted/rejected at the committee’s 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 should preferably 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 for screening.
Where may I film the short?
All film submissions must be shot off-campus unless made for an academic course.
Is there a cash prize?
No, but there are prizes for the winners! More details to come soon, follow us on our social media to stay updated with all current TUFF updates.
How old can the short be?
Films may be up to 2 years old. E+E Showtime will not accept submissions made during high school.
What info must be turned in with the short?
Download this year's submission form:
Where should the short be turned in?
Submissions can be sent to the following email alongside your submission form: TexasUnionFilmFestival.TUFF@gmail.com
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).
If I have any additional questions, who can I get in touch with?
Please email TexasUnionFilmFestival.TUFF@gmail.com or call 512-475-6630.