Seriously - we want to see your BEST and WORST films!
(We have awards for both!)

Austin Texas's NEWEST Film Festival - made completely for the Indie film maker !
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT: A FULL DAY of films made by women!

AUSTIN INDIE FEST fills a major gap, finding a place for new film makers who want to compete in a high quality Film Festival, but aren't quite ready for large festivals like: SUNDANCE, CANNES, AFI, SXSW or the Austin Film Festival!

The AUSTIN INDIE FEST will have a solid festival screening complete with:
All engineered to help you share your films with your audiences and become a better film maker!

We will have TONS of prizes for quality visual story telling!
(Real Awards - NOT Certificates!)

TRADITIONAL AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN, as well as awards focusing on lesser recognized positions of a film team like:
Set Design/Art Dept
Make-up/Practical FX
Digital FX
Diversity in Casting
and MORE!

===== THE WORST FILMS: =====
Yes, we have a category for the WORST films you've ever made!
We ALLLLLLL have them in our film skeleton closet, so why not do something with it!!!
Just think- if you can win an award for your worst film, imagine what your best films can do!!!
What films do you have that are so bad that they could be considered the CULT CLASSIC - or - SO BAD IT'S GOOD?!?
***YOU MUST SUBMIT FOR THIS CATEGORY to be considered for this award!***

===== AWARDS SYSTEM: =====
Every film is entered into a SUBMISSION CATEGORY (ie- Feature, Short, Trailer, etc...) and competes only with films in that category.

ADD-ON's: Additional awards can be won with every "Add-on" category that you select, in effect doubling your chances at winning another quality award!

EXAMPLE: Jane, Mary and Jill all served in the military together and decided to make a superhero fan film as part of a web series. They submit their favorite episode to us [SUBMISSION: Fan Film, ADD-ON's: Super Hero, Webisode, Veterans and Women in Film] they could win an award in each category, making their chances at winning even greater!


1. ALL SUBMISSIONS should be under the required length for each category.

2. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled.

3. Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

4. Online screeners are mandatory. Make sure you upload your project to FilmFreeway’s site and be sure to include the password if there is one.

5. PROOF OF STATUS may be required for the following: STUDENTS, VETERANS, MADE IN TEXAS.

6. Have the rights to your film. Don't use other people's films as a part of your own.

7. We will only do electronic screeners. If you make the final cut as an OFFICIAL SELECTION to be screened, we will ask to download your film through this website, Vimeo or YouTube.


9. If you decide to withdraw your film(s) for any reason, please let us know ASAP. Chances are we've already spent our time watching your film and have begun scheduling where the Official Selections fit in and any last minute changes really screw up everyone's schedule.

10. Visit our webpage to see any festival updates, possible Screening times and Award Nominations.

11. DO NOT CONTACT US to tell us about how important your project is, any hardships you've encountered during filming or how your pet "Fluffy" gave it's last bowl of food to make sure you could afford this festival entry. We get it - film making can be a challenge, but we will only judge your work based on what you submit, not your life story.

12. DO CONTACT US IF you've received a distribution deal or have a conflicting Festival that requires a "World Premier" or something like that. Let us know and send us a trailer that we could screen instead!

13. If you want to advertise in the official program and fill an entire page with your film(s)/Production Company information and/or Personal & Team Bios, please do that through our webpage.

Overall Rating
  • Tracee Beebe

    I was unable to attend this festival but they do a wonderful job of showcasing indie films and treat their filmmakers well.

    November 2018
  • Centered Webseries

    Great festival! Very organized, nice folks, and great communication with timely responses via email. We weren't able to attend in person but they were just as attentive to us from afar.

    November 2018
  • Lucy Owens

    This is a really impressive festival, especially for only being in the second year. It's refreshing to attend a festival in Austin that celebrates little indie films. We also greatly appreciated the women in film programming on Sunday!

    November 2018
  • Only in their second year, but they're doing a lot of things right. Thank you for the diverse programming, while supporting Texas artists. We look forward to submitting future projects.

    November 2018
  • Dee Garceau

    Austin IndieFest stands out, not only for the quality programming and original new films screened, but for their welcoming vibe. One of my students attended, and she was surprised and happy to be approached by experienced filmmakers who shared strategies and encouragement. This is priceless. Many festivals are clique-y, but Austin IndieFest staff and participants go out of their way to connect with new filmmakers. Consequently, this festival has it all -- opportunity to showcase your film, see other cool original films, learn from other filmmakers, and connect with experienced people in the industry. Five stars!

    November 2018