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03-13-2013, 10:16 AM
I just wanted to make sure everybody was aware that Austin Film Festival has already begun accepting submissions for this year’s film program. My name is Jordan Arroyo and I work as an intern in the Film Department and I am happy to answer any questions you may have about submitting your film to us. Last year we received more entries than ever before and this year we are already on a record pace.[at]Our Earlybird deadline is just two months away, May 1st, until which the submission fee is only $50.[at] If you submit online through our website (not Withoutabox) you will receive $5 off:

Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 20 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. [at]AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary, and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.

AFF provides filmmakers an invaluable platform among industry professionals and film-lovers. [at]Offering A-list jurors, amazing venues, and an opportunity to network and learn, Austin Film Festival is the place to be this October. [at]As AFF embarks on its 20th Anniversary, everything about the Festival & Conference will be bigger and brighter (or darker if it is more appropriate).[at] A new DARK MATTERS competition category has been added to highlight horror films. [at]All of AFF’s juried categories—Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Student Shorts, Animated Shorts and Documentary Shorts—have increased cash awards.[at] In addition to the competitions, all submissions will be eligible to screen out-of-competition in special sections such as Comedy Vanguard or the Texas Independents Series. [at]On top of all that, the winning films in the Narrative Short and Animated Short categories are Academy Award®-eligible!

Earlybird entry fee if postmarked by May 1, 2013 -- $50
Regular entry fee if postmarked by June 15, 2013 -- $60
Late entry fee if postmarked by July 15, 2013 -- $75

1st Place Winners in both the Narrative Feature Category and Documentary Feature Category receive a cash prize of $2,500; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2013 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2013 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. The 1st Place Winner in the Dark Matters Feature Category receives a cash prize of $1,000; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2013 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2013 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

For Shorts, 1st Place Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 (Narrative Short Category only) or $500 (Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short Categories); reimbursement (up to $500) of one round- trip air fare to Austin to attend the 2013 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2013 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

In addition, all films are eligible for the Audience Award in their respective categories.[at]

We look forward to receiving any entries you all want to send us. I’ll be checking this post frequently and I am happy to answer any questions or check out our FAQ: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/faq/


Jordan Arroyo
Film Department Intern
Austin Film Festival

Nick Soares
03-13-2013, 10:31 AM
Just to let you know you need to correct your Twitter and Facebook links, only add austinfilmfest for twitter and AustinFilmFestival for facebook not the whole link - I will delete this message once you do so it wont clutter your thread

03-13-2013, 11:16 AM
While I'm sure that the Austin Film Festival is a fine organization, I would caution any of the young film makers to really pick your fights when entering any film festival, and here's what I mean.

The point of you entering these competitions is to gain recognition, and hopefully either get your film picked up, or discovered as a new filmmaker, or at the very least, obtain some bragging rights. And here is where you need to know exactly what any film festival offers.

You should enter film festivals that base winning decisions on genre, and not just an overall classification, like best "Narrative Feature" or best "Narrative Feature Short".

I certainly don't want to have my comedy try to compete with a horror film, or my drama compete with a romantic comedy, or any other configuration. If a film festival is offering awards on different genres, then you have a much better chance of winning something. So, look for film festivals that offer awards in different genres, like Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Horror, Best Action, etc.

Lastly, and I have stated this elsewhere on the FMF, only enter film festivals by going through Withoutabox: Here's the link https://www.withoutabox.com/

The reason I suggest it is because, even if you don't win, you still get listed on the Internet Movie Data Base.

Again, this isn't a put down for the Austin Film Festival. If you feel you've really got a killer film that will beat out the competition in any genre, then by all means, enter if you wish.

Nick Soares
03-13-2013, 02:02 PM
Here is a video my company did while at Action On Film Festival - Could be useful to people deciding what to do


03-13-2013, 02:17 PM
See, now that's great Nick, because they have winners for different genres.

04-24-2013, 04:57 PM
Does anyone have any experience with the Table Read My Screenplay contest that is tied to the Austin Film Festival? I entered to get feedback on one of my scripts (IMMUNITY), and because they specifically separate genres. The feedback I've received from Bluecat and A Film Writer on my other scripts was invaluable.

05-09-2013, 12:18 AM
I submitted to this festival.
I hadnt thought about the genre situation.
Oh well. Im happy with my film I think it may have a chance.