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What is, Film Exchange?

Film Exchange is a multi-market screening network comprised of seven regional and International film festivals who share programming and help indie films find international audiences.

Film Exchange was started as a means for indie festivals to cross promote one another and stay visible after their festival ends. Visibility is facilitated through program sharing and each festival in the network selecting films from their program to compete for The Crossraods Award, and $20,000 in cash and filmmaking services. 


What is The Crossroads Award?

The Crossroads Award is awarded to a filmmaker each year that shows unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate their vision.​

Each festival in the Exchange Network sends three nominees (1 Feature, 1 Doc & 1 Short) to compete at RxSM in Austin, TX. From the group of 21 films, the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival (VTXIFF) and compete for the prestigious Crossroads Award. The winner of the Crossroads Award is announced at VTXIFF, and awarded $2500 witht he first runner up taking $1500 and 2nd Runner up $1000. 


What is the Outbound Exchange?

One film from each catagory is chosen from the programming at VTXIFF to screen in our Outbound program. These films will travel to screen at all of the Film Exchange Network Festivals.

Through the Outbound Exchange our festivals create a mini theatrical release for films that slip through the cracks of the top tier festivals. The Outbound Exchange is an opportunity to help our filmmakers find interntional audiences, create promotional/press opportunities to raise awareness about a film's online release, or grab the attention of sales agents in other markets.


How can I submit?

Just submit by clicking the FilmFreeway logo/link to the left. 

When you submit via FilmFreeway, you are automatically submitting to RxSM and The Victoria TX Independent Film Festival. If your film is accepted to screen at RxSM you will have the opportunity to compete for the Crossroads Award.


Will I be considered for the other festivals?

We share a complete list of our submissions with all of the program directors from each festival in our network, but that's no gaurantee. 

Despite our sharing your film with each festival's programmer director, I can not encourage you enough to submit to each of the Film Exchange festivals individually, and to pay the submission fee in full. Indie fests are struggling just as much as the filmmaker, and both are trying to navigate through the ever changing landscape of film production, presentation and distribution. All of our festivals are run by filmmakers, so they understand your financial strain. Most of the festivals are not receiving large cash sponsorships like the top tier fests. By paying a submission fee to the festivals in our network individually, you are saying you value the work that these festivals do to provide a quality experience to showcase your film. 



Join the ExChange Network

Would you like to add your film festival to the growing ExChange Network? Would you like your festival and its award winning films to have a marketing presence in Austin, TX at RxSM and have a chance to win The Crossroads Award in Victoria TX? Fill out the form on the right and let us know you are interested in joining our network, sharing programming, cross promoting each other's festivals and providing screenings for indie filmmakers across the United States and the World.

RxSM Self Medicated Film Expo proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Don't have Film Freeway?

Send your DVD Submissions & $50 to:

Film Exchange 

One O'Connor Plaza

Suite 930

Victoria, TX 77901


submissions open year round

Or click HERE to email a link to an online screener.

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