The Austin Micro Short Film Festival is an event that showcases short films under six minutes (6:00) in length of all genres at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lakeline Theater in Austin, Texas. International films from all over the world are eligible for submission, whether your film has screened at another festival or not. This is a fast moving, back-to-back showcase of films that is edited together to give the viewers a unique experience with the films constantly changing. Join us in Austin to enjoy a beverage, full restaurant menu or dessert in a nice lounge chair on a giant HD screen at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater. Invite your friends in family, this is going to be a fun event in a great town. Is it time to give your Micro Short Film a theatrical release?

The fifteen (15) judges of the Austin Micro Short Film Festival will issue twenty seven (27) awards to filmmakers and screenwriters including:

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama Film
Best Drama Screenplay
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Film Editing
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Film Screenplay
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best Music Video
Best Original Music
Best Picture
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Science Fiction Screenplay
Best Screenplay
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Texas Film
Best Texas Screenplay

All films must be a maximum of six minutes in length including credits.

If your film is selected for theatrical screening, you are expected to post a private link to a downloadable version of the film, so that we can compile on Blu-Ray DVD for screening. .h264, ProRes and .mp4 file formats are accepted. Frame Rates must be one of the following, 23.976, 24 or 25 fps. 1080p. Stereo Audio only, please do not send dolby 5.1.

Overall Rating
  • Matias Vellutini

    Easy communication and great updates of what was happening once we couldn't attend the festival. Very honoured to be selected!

    September 2018
  • Wonderful experience and well attended.

    August 2018
  • Spencer Zimmerman

    Excellent festival! Had nothing but a great time, I unfortunately wasn’t able to go but was honored to be able to play my short next to an superb program of films

    August 2018
  • Molly Kerr

    The organiser was friendly and inclusive. I never had the sense that I was disadvantaged for being an international submission and received regular updates and reminders. I was disappointed to not be able to attend or send a representative but they were very understanding and gave me a sense of the general audience feedback afterwards. Thank you so much for giving our film an audience! Forever grateful and pleased!

    July 2018
  • Didn't attend, so can't comment on networking, but Mikel runs a wonderful festival, well organised and with good PR support for anyone officially selected for a film or screenplay. Really recommend any of the FilmFestivalCircuit events. One day I hope to get to one in person!

    July 2018