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.

Lynch Award - Best Arthouse Film
Kubrick Award - Best Director
Godard Award - Best Social Commentary
Jodorowsky Award - Best Occult Film
Argento Award - Best Cinematography
Linklater Award - Best Dialogue
Cassavetes Award - Best Performances
Deren Award - Dreamiest Film
Eisenstein Award - Best Editing
Gondry Award - Best Surrealist
Svankmajer Award - Best Animation
Varda Award - Best Documentary
Aronofsky Award - Best Psychological Thriller

2018 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, October 20, 2018. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. Films must be under 25 minutes. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow AustinArthouseFF the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time. 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. AustinArthouseFF 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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  • Stephen Hilyard

    As you can see from all the previous reviews, Giselle and Liz have created a wonderful festival that any film maker would want to be a part of. Organization and communication were great, with a lot of attention to social media promotion of the festival, including individual promotion of each official selection. Hospitality was top notch. They found me a place to stay on a busy weekend in Austin. They have a great venue, a newly renovated art cinema that showed off all the films to their best. The festival event was well run, lots of great energy. Submit your film, you won't regret it!

    December 2018
  • Nicole Emmons-Willis

    Had such a great time at the festival! The organizers were so professional and warm, made us feel very welcome! Loved the red carpet interview experience! All the films were really well done and just what I needed to see, so encouraging to know that arthouse movie making is alive and well, all over the globe! Look forward to the next one, I definitely hope to be back!

    November 2018
  • Lauren Jevnikar

    incredible communication, you can tell that the staff really cared about both the festival and the work submitted. an amazing experience all around, i was honored to be apart of their inaugural program. will definitely be submitting again in the future!

    October 2018
  • Absolutely fantastic! The staff was so careful all along. The communication was great and the festival itself was just amazing. They treated the filmmakers in a very respectful way. Loved it!

    October 2018
  • Austin Arthouse was incredible in their communication, programming, and marketing roll out. They have a unique style of promoting their program on social media that is visually stunning and highly valuable for filmmakers that want to share updates with their own audience. Thank you so much for nominating our film for 4 award categories and giving us the Best Concept Award. Means so much to us. Hope to submit more in the future.

    October 2018