Spotlighting work from filmmakers across the world who defy conventions, champion art and challenge audience expectations. We celebrate the work of these artists by sharing their films in a city that triumphs originality, creativity and the weird.

Accepted filmmakers receive free entry to the festival and VIP treatment on the red carpet among other perks and gifts. We'll be finishing off the night with an awards ceremony.

Awards change yearly to accommodate and celebrate the unique films we screen. Some of our awards include:

Lynch Award - Best Arthouse Film
Kubrick Award - Best Director
Argento Award - Best Cinematography
Linklater Award - Best Dialogue
Cassavetes Award - Best Performances
Eisenstein Award - Best Editing
Svankmajer Award - Best Animation
Varda Award - Best Documentary

PRIZES:
We are excited to announce that starting with our third year, we will be offering cash prizes for select awards. Details to be announced.

2021 AUSTIN ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL FILM COMPETITION RULES

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee and a completed online entry form. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway) or a password-protected streaming URL. If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email the Festival at austinarthouseff@gmail.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

AustinArthouseFF screens films as digital files only during the Festival. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Arthouse Film Festival in January 2021. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow AustinArthouseFF the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes. The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, AustinArthouseFF will select the films for the festival and the submitter will be notified if the film has been accepted. By submitting a film the filmmakers, copyright owners and distribution rights owners agree to have the film screened if selected for the program.

We reserve the right to use stills and images for our promotional material, website, program and press release. Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Austin Arthouse Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL 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.

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  • Christopher Strickler

    I have not seen such incredible communication and social media involvment from a fest before. The effort the team puts in is amazing, for a single night of awesome film. I wish I could have made it out to Austin, but the amount of content they posted on Instagram made me feel like I was there. Thanks for a grest experience.
    BIRD MILK selected for the 2019 edition.

    October 2019
  • Unfortunately I was unable to attend. Thank you for choosing JUMP my 26 minute experimental film . I was more than delighted to be part of your festival . All the best and congratulations to everyone involved. Cléa van der Grijn . Ireland

    October 2019
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    This has gotta be one of the coolest art film festivals in existence. A warm shout out to Liz & Giselle for pulling this event all together. Wonderful communication and a really gorgeous website too. So honored to have my short, DADA SHIP included. I love everything about the Austin Arthouse Film Festival!

    Thanks for supporting true art films and keeping alive the spirit of Luis Buñuel and Maya Deren.

    October 2019
  • Ben Gilbert

    One of the best festival experiences we've ever had. Thrilled to be included among such amazing talent, and so honored to have won the award for Best Performances. Wonderful people and fantastic films. Excellent across the board. Thanks so much for having us!

    June 2019
  • Liz & Giselle put on a top notch event. Their passion for the fest was felt from their amazing marketing to all the emails they kept you up to date with. Can't say enough great things about it - just bummed I wasn't able to be there!

    April 2019