Welcome to the Austin Action Fest, a film festival, cosplay competition, live action demonstration and video game tournament all jammed into one. General Action, Kung Fu Flicks, Shooters, Thrillers and Horror Films are all welcome. As long as there is either kickin, stabbin, chasin, shootin, or jabbin, we don't discriminate! Submit! We are one of the few international festivals dedicated to video projects that either include and or are strongly driven by the action. Submissions are open for 2020! We have reduced all prices of the festival due to the COVID virus. Let's all get through this tough time together!
We have also signed the Seed & Spark Film Festival Survival Pledge which relaxes guidelines for festival participation during these troubling times. More info on that here. https://try.seedandspark.com/film-festival-pledge/

This project is sponsored by FinalDraft and Shotlister!

"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."

Over $1,000.00 in gifts given away!
2 optional film reviews for select projects, runners up and winners.
Potential screenings with financiers, producers and or distributors during or after the winners are selected.
Basic script coverage for winning screenplays.
Equipment rental vouchers.
Various filmmaking productivity software.
Action choreography consultation packages with Ballistic Blade and Cry Havoc Action.

Accepting submissions for Feature Narrative, Short Film narrative, and Standalone action sequences. All genres welcome.

Due to the number of submissions and limits on screening times, being accepted does not necessarily mean your project will have a live screening. Even if it is not screened theatrically, we may still include it in our online screenings for producers/distributors. If this is an issue, please send us a message directly in order to opt out.

Due to the fact that this is an artist funded project, we CANNOT OFFER WAIVER CODES, so please do not request a waiver. Part of filmmaking is fundraising, and that is also possible to do Internationally...

We require a file to exhibit. No DVDs, no links, ONLY filmfreeway download or some other mov or mp4 file.

Student films will require verification for the discount if selected.

Projects produced from 1/1/2018 and later may be submitted.

No batch entries. Send in separate registration for each submission.

Austin Action Fest has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by Austin Action Fest or by its volunteers.
Winners will be announced on TBD. The judges’ decision is final.
Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.
Austin Action Fest is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Austin Action Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the Austin Action Fest event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Austin Action Fest, its vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. AAF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE AUSTIN ACTION FEST, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY 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.

"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."

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  • Aridani Del Rosario (Dani Medina)

    Austin Action Fest is a great project for the indie artist support and you can feel that they love the action movies. i can´t wait to join my next project in this festival. Thanks guys!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We are still working on growing and improving the festival! Hope to see you again next year!

  • Kai Erfurt

    Many love to this festival.
    Thank you for selecting. It was a honor for us.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for submitting Kai. It was our pleasure.

  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival that treated us very well! Thank you so much!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure to have you Russell. Thank you.

  • I enjoyed attending this festival and was able to meet a few folks and network. Good communication and a nice venue for screening films. Thanks for having LILLIAN at the festival!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for attending. Your project was AMAZING and we hope to see you again!

  • Very warm, friendly group of people.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Drew. It was amazing to have you! Hopefully we'll see you again in the future!