The Austin Comedy Film Festival is a seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall) on the Film Festival Circuit for comedy filmmakers, series creators and screenwriters from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Texas. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. The Austin Comedy Film Festival judges are searching for funny and engaging films to entertain a comedy loving audience. All types of comedy submissions are selected and screened including Funny Music Video, Series Episodes, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Mockumentary, TV Pilots, Commercials, Micro Films, Animated Comedy, Horror Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, and any other type of Comedy that you can think of. We want our audience to laugh non-stop  in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue. This event was formerly known as the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, but we are evolving and plan to start screening and selecting Comedy Feature Films in the future.

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Our list of award categories

Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Comedy Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
Best Comedy Micro Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Short Film Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best International Screenplay
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Romantic Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Film
Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Teleplay
Best Texas Film
Best Texas Feature Screenplay
Best Texas Short Screenplay
Best Series Episode
Funniest Music Video
Most Original Concept

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film or documentary series is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

All film screening at the Austin Film Society Cinema require files to be delivered in DCP 2k or 4k format. If your film is not in DCP format, please reach out to our vendor for a quote. Film Festival submission fees and DCP conversion fees are separate. The cost of any potential conversions is not covered by our festival. Please budget accordingly.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $35 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker free passes. When the event organizers rent this space, all 160 seats and lobby access are pre-purchased by the event organizers. The ticket fees allow the event organizers to recoup a portion of the rental fee, insurance, a photographer, photo editing, award certificates and staff wages for this event.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Lessie Philpot

    This was my first Film Festival ever and it was a blast. I enjoyed ever minute of it. They communicate everything well while leading up to the event date. Everything ran on time. I have NO complaints. This is a dope a#s film festival.

    August 2022
  • Austin (ACFF) is always a GRREAT Festival! You can never go wrong and I encourage others to give it a go! I was humbled to win a small award this year and look forward to this cutting-edge Film Festival again next year. Cheers to Mikel and crew at ACFF!

    July 2022
  • I had an absolute blast at this festival. Mike is an attentive host and his love for what he does really shows and ensures things run smooth and that you're well taken care of. The AFS theater is. a terrific venue and it was great to grab drinks and talk to all the other filmmakers in the lobby. I'd definitely submit to and attend this festival again.

    July 2022
  • Fantastic communication and great feedback. We are honored to be chosen as a finalist! Thanks to all the hard working people behind the scenes...

    June 2022
  • Great festival! Smooth and easy :)

    June 2022