SCREEN ATX was born out of dedication to the film and television industry and an affinity for the craft. Based in Austin TX, a growing hub for the big and small screen, our mission is is to support, showcase, and celebrate the work of emerging and established filmmakers.

With our years of experience in the entertainment industry and a global network of TV & Film executives, we are committed to helping filmmakers elevate their careers. Having been on the festival circuit with our own films, we witnessed favors being pulled, nepotism, and priority given to bigger budget films with star names.

SCREEN ATX judges watch every submission and rate solely on talent and quality of work. We know the dedication and passion that goes into your films and award those deserving of recognition, not because of who they are or who they may know!

SCREEN ATX will take place on Friday April 21st & Saturday April 22nd 2023.

In addition to film screenings, there will be filmmaker Q&As, industry expert panels, and an awards ceremony.

All official selections will screen publicly on a large cinema screen in front of a live audience.

Best Feature, Best Short, and Screen ATX Best of Fest will receive trophies in addition to laurels. All other award winners will receive certificates.

Awards are subject to change but may include:

SCREEN ATX BEST OF FESTIVAL
BEST FEATURE
BEST SHORT
BEST TV PILOT
BEST DRAMA FEATURE
BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY FEATURE
BEST COMEDY FEATURE
BEST HORROR FEATURE
BEST DRAMA FEATURE
BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT
BEST COMEDY SHORT
BEST HORROR SHORT
BEST MICRO SHORT
TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER
TOP MALE FILMMAKER
FIRST TIME FILMMAKER
TEXAS FILMMAKER
BEST ACTRESS - FEATURE
BEST ACTOR - FEATURE
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE
BEST SCREENPLAY FEATURE
BEST TEXAS FEATURE
BEST ACTRESS - SHORT
BEST ACTOR - SHORT
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST DIRECTOR SHORT
BEST SCREENPLAY SHORT
BEST TEXAS SHORT
BEST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
BEST SCORE
BEST SOUNDTRACK
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING

Narrative feature films between 45 and 100 minutes.

Narrative short films between 5 and 30 minutes.

Micro short films under 5 minutes.

Documentary feature films between 45 and 100 minutes.

Documentary short films up to 30 minutes.

TV pilots up to 60 minutes.

Student short films up to 30 minutes.

We welcome animation, LGBTQ+, faith, and music themed productions.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

SCREEN ATX does NOT offer FEE WAIVERS at this time.

1. All films MUST be in English or have English subtitles to be considered.

2. All films MUST be original works and not made prior to January 2021.

3. Our theater screen is huge so 2K or 4K is preferred for best visuals but we will also accept full HD 1080p.

4. There is NO premiere status required for SCREEN ATX but Texas premiere is preferred.

5. By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

6. I/We agree to hold SCREEN ATX harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the festival.

7. I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

8. All submissions for SCREEN ATX are to be paid through the FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable. Refunds will be assessed on a case by case basis and no refund will be submitted without prior approval.

9. SCREEN ATX reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations at any time.

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  • Keith Jardine

    I can't say enough about the people at ATX. They were so accommodating and supportive of me and my film. Thank you, to the whole team there. Your professionalism end experience in the festival circuit is top notch. I look forward to coming again.

    June 2022
  • Brandon Watts

    I'm honored my short film, 'Scatterbrain', was selected by SCREEN ATX to be apart of their program and eventually won Best of Fest! Unfortunately I wasn't able to be there in person but their communication was top notch. A few of the other filmmakers even reached out to me after the festival so I made some new contacts without being present. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend in the future! Thank you SCREEN ATX team!

    May 2022
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! Screen ATX for Best Feature Last Radio Call. Was not able to attend this Year, but I guarantee I will submit my next feature for next year competition. All stars my friends. Keep up the good work supporting Indie Filmmakers. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms #LastRadioCall #screenatx

    May 2022
  • Brit Tobin

    I am beyond grateful to have been a part of Screen ATX 2022, what a 5-star welcoming to Austin for me! Thank you so much to Nadia, Elizabeth and the entire team for going all out with this year's event -- everything from the location, networking, Q&As between blocks, and programming were flawless. I am SO happy I was able to make it in person. This festival easily takes the cake as one of my favorites to not only attend, but to be included in. I met so many wonderful filmmakers from the Austin area and beyond. Last but definitely not least, I'm ecstatic our project won the Best Female Filmmaker Award! Screen ATX has been communicative, supportive, professional, and just all-around awesome the whole way through. Nadia, Elizabeth & Co. made this festival so special, inclusive and fun! Hats off for putting together such a cool festival and thank you so much again. Can't wait for the next one :)

    May 2022
  • Fantastic festival with great communication and dedication to creating a passionate environment and community full of love for filmmaking!

    September 2021