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Houston’s premier creative resource for filmmakers and film lovers since 1977



The Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) and Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) are thrilled to support the next generation of filmmakers and encourage high school students to explore their creative potential through storytelling. This competition aims to showcase the creative talent and vision of high school students who have a passion for filmmaking.

NEXT GEN will be judged by esteemed industry professionals hailing from various parts of the nation. These professionals bring their expertise and experience to evaluate the entries and provide valuable insights to the emerging filmmakers.

Selected films from the competition will have the honor of being screened at the highly anticipated Houston Cinema Arts Festival. This prestigious event is scheduled to take place in November in the vibrant city of Houston, Texas. The festival serves as a platform to celebrate the art of cinema, bringing together film enthusiasts, industry leaders, and the local community to appreciate and engage with diverse cinematic works.

Being part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival provides an incredible opportunity for young filmmakers to have their films showcased to a wide audience, including fellow filmmakers, industry insiders, press, and cinema lovers. It offers a platform to gain recognition, network with professionals, and receive feedback on their craft.


The Houston Cinema Arts Society and Swampfilm are thrilled to support the next generation of filmmakers and encourage high school students to explore their creative potential through storytelling
Jul 19, 7:00 PM – Sep 29, 7:00 PM

SWAMP is a Texas-based media arts organization committed to the film and video art of this region, the artists producing independent images, and to the cultivation of an engaged audience. It is vital to the intellectual and cultural development of any community to have the ability and resources to create its own artistic vision. In order to cultivate a climate for media representation of this region, SWAMP supports the tradition of artists who express their visions through film and new media. SWAMP encourages development of audiences who seek out artistic voices that reflect, celebrate, and examine the cultural, social, and political diversity of their localities.

Become a SWAMP Volunteer

The Southwest Alternate Media Project, Inc. (SWAMP) was founded in 1977 with the vision that executive level volunteers, student volunteers, youth volunteers, film enthusiast volunteers ALL VOLUNTEERS would be the engine that made the “Project” work.  Dominique de Menil was the founding promoter of this media project, in collaboration with James Blue who believed that media would one day be the voice for the voiceless.  Today we continue with that same vision, and we depend on believers and activists like you to contribute to our work.  Yes, the Southwest Alternate Media Project is run by volunteers like you.


Join Us

Become a member and start enjoying benefits such as members-only events with industry professionals, discounts on equipment rental and workshops, and much more!


SWAMP was founded and continues with the support of volunteers. Please consider donating your time to us to help us in our mission to support local filmmakers.


Donations are the foundation of what makes SWAMP run. Donate now to help us support continuing professional development and educational programs for people of all ages.


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