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!

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!

Awards & Prizes

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 BIGGEST TURD OF ALL: THE KRAKEN TURD!!!?!!!
***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!

===== KRAKEN AWARDS =====
We think the biggest & coolest creature to ever roam the cinematic world is the KRAKEN! So with that in mind we've created TWO sets of BIG AWARDS named after this legendary creature: THE KRAKEN (BEST IN FEST) and THE KRAKEN TURD (WORST IN FEST).

Rules & Terms


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.

10 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Jim Lively

    I have been fortunate to attend a number of film festivals in the last few years and have to say that the Austin Indie Fest is in the top tier of festivals in terms of all the aspects that make such a festival a success! All the good folks worked hard to make the festival meaningful for all the filmmakers whether they were able to attend or not! This is especially impressive considering this is the first Austin Indie Fest! I wish them continued success and look forward to submitting films in future festivals!!!!

    November 2017
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    Shea Borengasser

    This was an absolutely amazing first year festival. Extremely organized and drew many talented filmmakers. The programming was excellent and the panels were quite informative. Would definitely attend/submit again! Great job Austin friends!

    November 2017
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    Andy Galloway

    For a first years run, this was a good festival. They were able to get some great films as well as knowledgeable speakers for the panels. If one produces films in Texas, especially in Austin, this festival is an excellent one to attend.

    November 2017
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    Greg Dorchak

    This is a really great Indie festival, and it did a fantastic job in its first year. The quality of movies it screened is on a par with every other fest of its ilk out there, the festival staff were very friendly and accommodating, and though they were small, they made huge efforts to ensure everyone had a good time and issues were addressed in a timely manner. Can't wait to see it grow the next few years! Highly recommend it to those small indie productions out there that feel like they have no venue/advocate!

    November 2017
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    William Instone

    Fun fest, very well put together. Screens where bright and sound loud and clear.

    The awards trophies are really cool especially the best of the worst toilet seat trophy.

    Highly recommend the fest. I will be submitting again in the future.

    November 2017