The Second Annual Tombstone Film Festival

January 25th – 28th, 2024


Welcome to the Second Annual Tombstone Film Festival, presented by 12 Westerns in association with Tombstone Forward.

The Tombstone Film Festival has been created by John Marrs and Travis Mills to showcase the best Western feature and short films in America’s most iconic Western town. The event will include screenings of selected films, panels, a special opening night event, and closing awards party.

All selected filmmakers will receive two VIP passes which includes admission to all screenings, festival events, and the awards ceremony.

Submit your work for our first annual festival and we will see you in Tombstone this coming January!

Click Here to Submit via FilmFreeway



We will present a total of twelve awards this year:

Best Western Feature Film
Best Western Short Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay (only for completed films)
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Horse
Best Stunt
Best Gunfight
Best Costumes
Best Locations

Each winner will receive a belt buckle trophy.




Please read the following rules for submitting to our festival:

If accepted, filmmakers must supply a digital copy of your film. Failure to timely supply files can lead to disqualification.

1. All submissions must qualify as Westerns. This includes variations on the Western genre such as comedic westerns, horror westerns, documentary westerns, etc.

2. The Tombstone Film Festival Entry Fees are non-refundable.

3. There are no premiere requirements and the film may be available online prior to screening at the festival. However, we only accept films made no earlier than 2021.

4. All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

5. Only one submission is permitted per filmmaker. Submit your best and only your best!

6. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted Film. The Tombstone Film Festival will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted Film. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.

7. Filmmakers accepted and attending the Festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses. However, the festival may provide discount rates for lodging if possible. As stated above, each selected film will receive two free VIP passes.


Our Venue

The Tombstone Film Festival will take place at Schieffelin Hall in Tombstone, Arizona from January 27th through the 29th, 2023. All screenings will take place inside Schieffelin.

Click Here to Visit the Schieffelin Hall Facebook Page

Schieffelin Hall is located at 402 E Fremont St, Tombstone, AZ 85638

The City of Tombstone

There is no better place for a Western film festival than Tombstone, Arizona. Home to many historical sites, great saloons, vintage shops, and fun living history events, Tombstone is the Western fan’s ultimate destination.

Our screening venue is walking distance from all these main street attractions. Click Here for More About Restaurants, Hotels, etc. in Tombstone.

Get In Touch

More Info

Please contact us if you have any questions about our film festival. You can use the contact form here or email Festival Director Travis Mills directly.