The Austin Micro Film Festival is a seasonal 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.

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28 Award Categories For Films And Videos

Best Action Film
Best Acting Performance
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 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 series episode is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

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 $38 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
  • I was honored to have my film selected. A big thank you to Mikel for recognizing micro films and how fun and challenging they can be. Overall a great experience.

    March 2024
  • John Kalning

    A fantastic Festival, honored to be a part of it. I wish I could have made it!!!! Micro films are special and this festival really is ahead of the game!

    March 2024
  • I cant say enough great things about the event organizer and this event. We had a blast, got great feedback, and made some amazing new friends and connections.

    January 2024
  • Devin Christian

    Thank You so much to Mikel and the Festival. It was my 1st ever film festival and it was a amazing experience. I had a great time and wish to continue supporting the program.

    September 2023
  • Priti Trivedi

    Would definitely recommend this festival! Mikel is so dedicated and helpful, the communication is very thorough, and it was fantastic to have my short's world premiere in front of this audience. I was unable to attend this year (I'm not local) but if I'm lucky enough to get in with a future project I most definitely will. Thank you!

    August 2023