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Notification Date – March 1st

Event Date – March 23rd
Event Time – 7 – 10 PM

Venue: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (Memorial Park ~ 610 Entrance)

Zeal Reel

The Competition features concisely creative filmmakers and we want to see what YOU can do in 60 seconds or less.

  • Would you like to win a cash prize for a one-minute film?
  • Do you have a new story idea that needs funding?
  • Or, do you need a new piece of equipment?

If you answered YES to any of these, then why haven’t you already submitted your micro short?

Texas Filmmaker Audience Award

We know great talent is worldwide, but our Texas-based filmmakers, whose films quality for screening, receive special consideration at our end-of-season cinema exhibition event.

In addition to a cash prize given for the overall best film, we give an additional cash prize to the winning Texas-based filmmaker. A vote by live audience determines the winner of the cash prize.

The Texas Filmmaker Audience award winner can also be the Grand Prize winner.


Grand Prize Winner
Best Micro Short Film
Texas Filmmaker Winner
Audience Award
Genres and Laurels
Twenty (20) awards and Competition laurels will be presented to winning films. See our FilmFreeway page for the complete list.


Upon completion, the Competition results will be announced on our website within 30 days following the closing date of the competition. Winners will also be made public and may be permanently posted to the Competition website. This will be in accordance with our privacy policy.

Submission Highlights

  • Submissions must be sixty (60) seconds in length or shorter, including credits.
  • Submissions must have been completed after March 1, 2021, and must be available for screening on March 23, 2023.
  • Submissions must be a scripted motion picture, this includes documentary films, and must not be one-minute clips from longer films.
  • Submission genres can be found on FilmFreeway.
  • Submissions per entrant is unlimited. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Submissions co-owned/co-created only need one person to serve as the entrant be it producer, writer, or director.
  • Submissions must be in high definition.
  • Submission can only be entered for one (1) category. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Submitted material must not contain obscene, unlawful, or objectionable content.
  • Submissions in a language other than English, must include English subtitles.
  • Submissions that are publicly available online prior to the exhibition date may be screened, but will be ineligible for prize consideration.
  • Zeal Reel MSFC reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.
  • Zeal Reel MSFC requires the Grand Prize winner and the Texas Audience Award winner to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release before any prize money is released. Failure to fully complete and return the Affidavit within the allotted time will result in forfeiture of the prize.

Official Rules

See all Official Rules here

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