Welcome to the Austin Action Fest, a film festival, Film Market, live action event and video game tournament all jammed into one! General Action, Kung Fu Flicks, Shooters, Thrillers and Horror Films are all welcome. As long as there is either kickin, stabbin, chasin, shootin, or jabbin, we don't discriminate! Submit! If you are purchasing tickets, BEWARE that these films are unrated and some of the titles may be rated R.

We ACTIVELY work to put these projects in front of audiences but even more importantly, right in front of DISTRIBUTORS, SALES AGENTS and FINANCIERS. We attend events like the American Film Market and SXSW to directly contact and invite film professionals to our event for you! Our motto is #WhoYouFeedin? so we try to exemplify that in our approach to getting our filmmakers seen and most importantly, paid. We allow industry professionals to peruse catalogs from previous years to ensure your submission has the longest possible shelf life with us!

The festival will be physical and digital this year. Let's all get through this tough time together! Unlike many other festivals we are actively inviting producers and distributors to the event and will continue to find ways to put your project in front of financing opportunities throughout the year!

This project is sponsored by Shotlister and Seed & Spark!

"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."

Over $1,000.00 in gifts given away!
2 optional film reviews for select projects, runners up and winners.
Potential screenings with financiers, producers and or distributors during or after the winners are selected.
Varius film productivity Software
Basic script coverage for winning screenplay.
Various filmmaking productivity software.
Seed & Spark crowd funding consultation.
Action choreography consultation with Ballistic Blade.

Accepting submissions for Feature Narrative, Short Film narrative, and Standalone action sequences. All genres welcome.

Due to the number of submissions and limits on screening times, being accepted does not necessarily mean your project will have a live screening. Even if it is not screened theatrically, we may still include it in our online screenings for producers/distributors. If this is an issue, please send us a message directly in order to opt out.

Due to the fact that this is an artist funded project, we CANNOT OFFER WAIVER CODES, so please do not request a waiver. Part of filmmaking is fundraising, and that is also possible to do Internationally...

We require a file to exhibit. No DVDs, no links, ONLY FilmFreeway download or some other mov or mp4 file.

Student films will require verification for the discount if selected.

Projects produced from 1/1/2018 and later may be submitted.

No batch entries. Send in separate registration for each submission.

Austin Action Fest has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by Austin Action Fest or by its volunteers.
Winners will be announced on TBD. The judges’ decision is final.
Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.
Austin Action Fest LLC is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, for exhibition at the Festival and for any other promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Austin Action Film Fest LLC may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or Austin Action Fest LLC in general (to include the creation of promos and logos) via print, we, broadcast television and any other form of media. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Austin Action Fest, its vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. AAF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE AUSTIN ACTION FEST, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."

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  • Robert Thompsett

    I was utterly DELIGHTED to be SEMI-FINALIST, it was a dream come true. At this grim time when I am isolated by COVID19, there is fighting in the streets, and I am under siege by tax inspectors, this was a fabulous ray of wonderful sunshine that lit up my whole life. Attentive and kind, their staff are always there to help. A gem of a festival!

    July 2020
  • Easy to communicate with (once your Browser accepts their website), with a group of students passionate about Action films. I'll be entering my action screenplays there again.

    July 2020
  • Cullen Fleetwood

    Helpful organizers. Great communication.
    Incredibly friendly group of people.

    July 2020
  • Travis Davidson

    What an absolute honor to be chosen for best short script and best feature script at such a competitive festival! I know with COVID the AAF team worked around the clock non-stop to make sure the 2020 festival still ran flawlessly. Thanks to the entire AAF team.

    July 2020
  • Aridani Del Rosario (Dani Medina)

    Austin Action Fest is a great project for the indie artist support and you can feel that they love the action movies. i can´t wait to join my next project in this festival. Thanks guys!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We are still working on growing and improving the festival! Hope to see you again next year!