Spotlighting work from filmmakers across the world who defy conventions, champion art and challenge audience expectations through a vibrant and engaging festival.

The Arthouse Film Festival (formerly Austin Arthouse) is excited to announce that our 5th year will be expanding to include pop-up screenings* in cities across the US in addition to our official virtual showcase December 26-31, 2022.

*Official selections are automatically submitted for consideration to our new pop-up screenings.

Awards change yearly to accommodate and celebrate the unique films we screen. Our awards for Year 4 included:

Antonioni Award - Best Style
Argento Award - Best Cinematography
Aronofsky Award - Best Psychological Thriller
Buñuel Award - Best Concept
Cassavetes Award - Best Male Performance
Coppola Award - Best Love Story
Deren Award - Dreamiest Film
Eisenstein Award - Best Editing
Fellini Award - Best Art Direction
Godard Award - Best Social Commentary
Gondry Award - Best Surrealist Film
Jodorowsky Award - Best Spiritual Film
Kaufman Award - Best Absurdist Film
Kubrick Award - Best Director
Linklater Award - Best Writing
Lynch Award - Best Arthouse Film
Rowlands Award - Best Female Performance
Svankmajer Award - Best Animation
Audience Favorite Award

We are thrilled to announce that Year 5 will also include cash prizes!

2022 THE ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION RULES

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee and a completed online entry form. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway) or a password-protected streaming URL. If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email the Festival at austinarthouseff@gmail.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

The Arthouse Film Festival screens films as digital files only during the Festival. Films must be available for screening during the The Arthouse Film Festival in December 2021. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow The Arthouse Film Festival the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes. The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, The Arthouse Film Festival will select the films for the festival and the submitter will be notified if the film has been accepted. By submitting a film the filmmakers, copyright owners and distribution rights owners agree to have the film screened if selected for the program.

We reserve the right to use stills and images for our promotional material, website, program and press release. Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Austin Arthouse Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

*Music video submissions music must be cleared by musical artists and representatives before submitting to the festival as submission will grant us permission to use music for promotional materials.

**At this time we are not accepting submissions from distributors.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

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  • Nice and interesting festival!!! It was a great opportunity to be present at the festival

    July 2022
  • Michael Jay Tucker

    Always a pleasure to work with the good folks at this festival. And I was flattered to be included!

    January 2022
  • Shannon Delijani

    Such a pleasure to have my film "La Dame de Monte Carlo" as an official selection of the Austin Arthouse Festival. Very cool selection of films and awesome communication throughout. Loved their marketing aesthetic and overall vision for the festival. Would definitely recommend applying!

    January 2022
  • Kassy Mahea

    The Arthouse Film Festival was a pleasure to be acquainted with. I am certainly glad I submitted.

    January 2022
  • Glad to have my film 'Electric Window' as a semi-finalist in this great festival! Very nice selection of arthouse films and good communication, thanks a lot and best wishes!!

    January 2022