☆☆☆ 2020 is looking at online Festival options! ☆☆☆
☆ ♡ ☆ ♡ ☆ • • We are here for you! • • ☆ ♡ ☆ ♡ ☆


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

We are a festival focused on ONE thing - you, the Independent Filmmaker !

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!
(2020 will issue certificates due to COVID-19)

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.

14. Submission to our festival is considered consent to screen your film if selected. Screening options may be live and/or online.

Overall Rating
  • Jorge Torres

    If you have a short film, either from school or a personal film submit it to Austin Indie Fest. I totally recommend it. Show what you got! Regardless if it's good or bad, it's true. Overall, very good environment. The staff are very friendly. Nothing but good vibes.

    April 2020
  • Nick Sherman

    This festival was amazing. The people were so kind and the communication was great. I highly recommend submitting you will not regret a thing

    March 2020
  • I just received the most wonderful surprise this morning: A trophy from the Austin Indie Fest for "Best Long Short — Women in Film 2019" for my ICARUS RISING! Thank you so very much to the directors, organizers, and judges of the Austin Indie Fest! It was a pleasure dealing with you. I’d like to dedicate this amazing award to my sister Susi who has been a tremendous help during postproduction and in picking, submitting, and keeping track of my festival submissions. At the last moment, just before flying to Austin last November, I decided to stay with her as she was battling with the big C which—as only one of very few but ultimate battles—she lost only 4 weeks later. I am still inconsolable about her passing, and have since rarely attended to my festival submission, until this morning. I know that Susi is very happy about our win, and so am I.

    February 2020
  • Travis White

    AIF truly encompasses and embraces the very definition and meaning of independent filmmaking and is clearly a film festival FOR filmmakers BY filmmakers. The festival felt more like a family gathering as everyone was so warm and friendly and willing to meet others and network. And the festival directors did a fabulous job of making everyone feel included and a part of that family. Something tells me this festival will be growing exponentially with every passing year so get in on this one early!!

    December 2019
  • Carlos Diaz

    Austin Indie Fest is truly a festival that celebrates the Independent Filmmaker.
    I had a wonderful time watching everyone's work. I enjoyed very much the filmmaker panel as well as the wonderful award ceremony. I left feeling inspired to continue on creating and hoping to be back again the following year. Thank you Austin Indie Fest for your hospitality and beautiful awards.

    November 2019