The City of Edinburg and Edinburg Arts, in an effort to promote the visual arts and the growing Film industry in the Rio Grande Valley, has developed an annual selective film festival known as the South Texas International Film Festival.

The STXIFF strives to showcase the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, STXFF showcases local, regional, and international films that have a unique voice and style. STXIFF also strives to bring together local filmmakers and artists to help connect the South Texas film industry with the world.

The festival consists of free feature length and short film screenings, film workshops, Q and A panel discussions, and seminars as well as various social events. 

This year, there were 68 submissions representing 16 countries. After careful review by the Selection Committee, a total of 19 films have been selected for review and final judging by a film industry panel. This year’s judges are Barney Cohen, Matthew Stein and Raul Castillo.

Barney Cohen is a writer/producer based in Los Angeles, his latest film Guernica won the Goya Award in 2016. Before his career in film and television, Cohen worked as a journalist for The New York Times.

Matthew Stein is currently a producer under the moniker M.E.S Productions. He currently has numerous film and television projects with Sony Pictures Entertainment. He served as vice-president of Film at Sony Pictures Entertainment International Productions.

Raul Castillo is an actor in film, television, and theater; he is most recognized for his portrayal of Richie on the HBO show Looking. The role earned Castillo the Best Comedic Actor award from the National Association for Multiethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and the Lupe Award from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). Castillo was recently included in Variety Magazines “10 Latinos to Watch List.”

The South Texas International Film Festival will be held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance from September 7 - 9, with a special Opening Night Screening on Sept. 7. The three-day festival will feature various events such as; Special celebrity guest appearances, panel discussions, workshops, mixers, The Pitch, and aProduction and Distribution Seminar. 

On Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 there will be free screenings of all the official selection films. The public is invited to attend and view films from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Australia, and Mexico as well as, local and National films.  These Short, Regional, and Feature Length films range from topics of light hearted comedy to social issues, westerns, faith based movies, and touching drama.

For more details about the South Texas International Film Festival, or to get involved, visit or call the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at (956) 383-6246.