Cowpokes International Film Festival (2)


15 May 2021
Call for entries

31 Aug 2021
Early deadline

31 Dec 2021
Standard deadline

16 Apr 2022
Late deadline

16 Apr 2022
Final deadline


24 Apr 2022
Notification date

10 Jun 2022
12 Jun 2022


114 N Waggoner St,  76360, Electra, Texas, United States

Festival description
Short film festival >3' 35'<
Feature film festival >45' 280'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >3' 35'<
 Feature Films  >45' 280'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 10 June 2022      Festival end: 12 June 2022

The 2nd Annual COWPOKES INT'L FILM FESTIVAL - from the founders of the 4th Annual Sunny Side Up Film Festival (SSUFF) & the 6th Annual Wild Bunch Film Festival (TWBFF).

Join us June 10th - 12th 2022 for a family fun weekend, and experience a film festival competition held at the historic Grand Theatre in Electra Texas.

Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival is a competitive event for filmmakers and screenwriters, as well as songwriters, musicians, photographers and poets. Our hope is to inspire and encourage them all to continue courageous and bold artistic visions.

Friday June 10th 2022: 10:00am to 10:00pm - Independent films will screen at the "Grand Theatre", 114 N Waggoner St, Electra, TX 76360 Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Saturday June 11th 2022: 10:00am to 10:00pm - Independent films will screen at the "Grand Theatre", 114 N Waggoner St, Electra, TX 76360 Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Sunday June 12th 2022: 11:30am to 6:30pm - Independent films will screen at the "Grand Theatre", 114 N Waggoner St, Electra, TX 76360 Various Filmmaker Q&A's, and ending with the Award Show!

CIFF Awards

Best Feature Film
Best Short
Best Actor (Feature).
Best Actress (Feature).
Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
Best Actor (Short).
Best Actress (Short).
Best Supporting Actor (Short).
Best Supporting Actress (Short).
Best Director (Feature).
Best Director (Short).
Best Cinematography (Feature).
Best Cinematography (Short).
Best Foreign Film
Best Movie Poster
Best Original Score
Best Music Video
Best Documentary.
Best Animation.
Best Comedy.
Best Western
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Texas Film
Best Web series
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Wardrobe
Best Student Film (Short)
Best Student Film (Feature)
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
Best Short Form TV Pilot Script
Best Long Form TV Pilot Script
Best Lyrics/Songwriting
Best Songwriting/Music
Best Poetry
Best Photography
Festival Director's Choice Awards - (film).
Festival Director's Choice Awards - (screenplay).


By submitting your film*, screenplay* or both to CIFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, contact us.

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.

Films that have previously aired on US television prior to the Festival, or are available for continuous online viewing for FREE (Youtube, Vimeo or Facebook) to the public in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films as well as screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2015.

All film finalists are required to provide two high resolution DVD, Blu-Ray, MP4, MOV or DCP files. If you send files, they must be mailed to us on a thumbdrive. If you have short films under 30 min, we might can download them. We cannot download feature films. Your copies will not be returned unless a prepaid SASE is sent to us.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded or in our hands no later than October 13th, 2020.

Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival (CIFF) and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.

All entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.

By entering the COWPOKES INT'L FILM FESTIVAL competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless the COWPOKES INT'L FILM FESTIVAL, BrenRock Productions LLC, Grand Theatre, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.

You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival, its parent company BrenRock Productions LLC., affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at the Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival.


LYRICS/SONGWRITING Each Lyric entry submission must be original works, under 3 pages and must be in a PDF format. All genres are welcome.

SONGWRITING/MUSIC All genres welcome. Each music entry submission must have a song title, and the name of artist(s) or band attached. Sound quality can be studio, live, or demos. Format: .mp3 file is preferred, but we also accept .wav. PLEASE do not submit music videos, as there is a different category already listed for that. Each song entry must be no longer than 5 minutes.

POETRY All genres of poetry are welcome. Any length from single stanza to 5 pages is accepted as long as it is NOT a compilation of Several works. PDF format please.

PHOTOGRAPHY Photography stills must be unique/original work that tell a story. Either a single photo or multiple photos in the same series (up to 6 photo maximum per submission). JPG or PNG format please. Photography can include: Wedding, Event, Portrait, Product, Fine Art, Fashion, Architectural, Travel, Advertising or Lifestyle, Photojournalism, Pet, Sports, Scientific or Specialty Photography are all welcome. We want to see your story as you tell it through your camera lens. Submitter must have rights/releases to submit the work.


What are the judges looking for? They'll be judging based on:

The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”

Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear, or non-linear story progression.

The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).

The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and character development.

Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.

Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.

The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.

Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.

Audience appeal and box-office potential.

If selected, do Screenplay finalists win a pass? Yes. They'll win two SSUFF weekend passes allowing access to all film festival screenings and the Award Show. Details at

Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Screenplay winners will win trophies!

Are there qualifications for scripts? No. All genres accepted.

Fees are submitted online. No waivers. No Refunds.

Format: All entries must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file less than 5 MB, size 12 Courier font, standard industry format. Title of script only on title page: no author name. Pages should be numbered. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested software programs. All screenplays must be completed no earlier than Jan 1st 2015.

Original: All entries must be original works by the applicant.

Coauthors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide who will be the primary contact e-mail.

English: All entries must be submitted in English.

Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 or more.

Title Page: Include title only. The author’s name should not appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness.

Accepted are: All genres and sub-genres.

Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)

The submitter agrees to indemnify CIFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against CIFF in connection with the Material or any use thereof, including, without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by the submitter.

The submitter releases and discharges CIFF from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against CIFF in connection with the Materials, including, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets, or infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.

The submitter agrees to warrant that he/she is the sole owner and author of the described material or has the official representation of the co-author, and has the full right and authorization to submit the material to CIFF.

The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that CIFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases CIFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.

The submitter acknowledges that CIFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to CIFF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns.

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