Thin Line Fest, the international film, national music and regional photography festival, will be held Wednesday through Sunday, February 17-21, 2016 on Denton’s historic downtown square. For five days, Thin Line will deliver an engaging program of high quality documentary films, world-class music, and a diverse selection of photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 2016 marks the ninth year for Thin Line which began as a film only festival. Thin Line remains the sole documentary film festival in Texas. “Documentaries give our audiences a chance to discover diverse peoples and places,” Joshua Butler, festival director said. “It’s a window into the rest of the world.” Nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for best feature and short documentaries of the year, including Best Feature and Short, Audience Feature and Short, Best Student, and the Denton Award.

The name of the festival is representative of the event. “Thin Line refers to the space between two extremes,” Butler said. “That is where we see the drama, the conflict, and often the truth.” Thin Line Fest has grown to include a musical component, now in its third year, as well as a regional photography contest and festival, initiated in 2015. Festival organizers estimate about 33 percent of attendees are from out of town, which translates to dollars spent in the local area on shopping, dining and lodging. Holiday discount tickets (Film and Music pass - $50; All-Access pass - $100) are available at the festival’s website, by clicking “Box Office” in the top right corner. Lodging is available by calling 1-877-834-3613 and requesting the Thin Line Fest block.

New “Our Town” series

Thin Line- from their website Image courtesy from Thin Line Film Festival's website.

“Our Town Denton: A Visual History”, is a new category at Thin Line film Fest this year that is sure to interest locals. Aimed specifically toward the area’s professional and amateur videographers, it is an open call for videos depicting the people and places of Denton during 2015. “We are primarily looking for community events, but sporting events, birthdays, or any other memorable happenings that took place in the community are welcome,” Butler said.

A group of these videos will be chosen for screening at the festival. Two free All-Access passes to the 2016 Thin Line Fest will be awarded to each film selected. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2016. Submissions should be made online.

Photography Contest

Entrants in the photography category have the opportunity to compete for many awards, including the “Best of Thin Line 2016”, which carries a $750 cash prize. The online submission process and payment must be completed by December 22 with materials due by December 30. More details about the various photography categories and awards are provided at the Festival’s website. Need More Information? The Thin Line Fest website is the best resource for more information regarding submission procedures, ticket prices, student discounts, and lodging. Also, like Thin Line Fest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.