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.

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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 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 $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
  • This was our first time officially attending a Film Festival and we couldn't have had a better first-time experience. The festival seems to geared toward filmmakers like us who are just starting to submit there work for the first time. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly and welcoming, largely due to the precedent set by its facilitator Mikel Fair. For anyone looking for a stress free first-time experience, I couldn't recommend this festival more!

    January 2023
  • Thank You for selecting my film Opus 73 :D
    I'm really proud that the film was screenned with you guys, it's the perfect venue for films that short, I loved it!
    Keep up your great work!

    November 2022
  • Carmelo Puglisi

    It is a great and unexpected honor for me to have been awarded by your Festival. Great selection of works, I hope to be present in person at the next edition. Thank you all!

    November 2022
  • Jane Foster

    Friendly film festival and ideal for micro shorts! Thank you for a great time and will look forwards to more story journeys in seconds rather than minutes!

    November 2022
  • Rhoda Brooks

    Austin Micro Film Festival did not disappoint. I loved the micro film content and the over venue. Mr. Fair runs a great a great festival and I would recommend it to all micro film makers.

    November 2022