The Austin Micro Film Festival is a bi- annual event on the Film Festival Circuit that showcases short films under six minutes (6:00) in length. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. At this festival, international independent films of all genres screen in a fast paced "back to back" format projected in HD 1080p. International films from all over the world are eligible for submission, whether your film has screened at another festival or not. Featuring Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Experimental, Music Videos, Horror Films and more, this diverse mix of Micro Films will surprise you in ways that are hard to explain, until you've experienced it for yourself. You'll be surprised at the creativity and production value that these brilliant filmmakers are able to pack into tiny little films that are six minutes or less. This event was previously listed at the Austin Micro Short Film Festival, but we have changed the name for 2021 and beyond.

28 Award Categories For Films And Videos

Best Action Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Drama Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Music Video
Best Picture
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Web Series Episode
Best Texas Film
Best Texas Director
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. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

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 $25 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker passes.

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
  • Thank you for including "There's Magic in the Mundane" for Best Comedy Film...I wish I could have been there for the event, hopefully I'll have a chance to check it out in the near future!

    September 2022
  • This is an excellent film festival. Professional in every regard. Thanks for selecting FOREST HALLOWEEN and giving my film an opportunity to live and breathe on the silver screen as intended. Mikel Fair you've built a beautiful thing in Texas. Great job sir!

    April 2022
  • Mark Mascolo

    A big thanks to Mike and everyone else involved for putting on a wonderful event! Loved the variety of shorts screened and the super positive environment. A lot of fun!

    April 2022
  • Lisa Ludwig

    I enjoyed being a part of the super cool and fabulous Austin Micro Film Festival. Their communication was above and beyond. Everything about it made it Festival I want to keep coming back for!

    April 2022
  • Josh Werking

    This was my first ever film festival and I just have to say that it was a great experience! Everyone was so nice and friendly. Great job Mike for hosting this event.

    April 2022