The Austin After Dark Film Festival is an annual event on the Film Festival Circuit that screens international independent films for a mature audience in Texas. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. Multiple short films are screened in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lakeline. The Austin After Dark Film Festival judges are searching for films with "dark" subject matter in multiple genres. Horror Films, Dark Comedy,  Dark Animation Films, Dark Drama and even Dark Science Fiction. This is the wrong festival to send your fun family G Rated films and screenplays too. The audience for this event wants a good variety of mature content that is not intended for viewers younger than 18. Enjoy a great slate of films on a massive theater screen with large cushioned chairs. You can order appetizers, meals, desert and a full bar menu from your seat and still get the full theater experience while you watch films. Austin is a great independent film town and this event is a lot of fun, as well as, a great opportunity to network with filmmakers, screenwriters, crew, actors and industry professionals at our Awards and Filmmaker's Networking Mixer event.

32 Award Categories For Films And Videos

Best Action Film
Best Action Micro Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Micro Film*
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Micro Film*
Best Dark Science Fiction Film
Best Dark Science Fiction Micro Film*
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama Film
Best Drama Micro Film*
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Micro Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best Horror Comedy Micro Film
Best International Director
Best International Micro Film*
Best International Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Music Video
Best TV Episode
Best Texas Film
Best Texas Micro Film*
Most Original Concept

20 Award Categories For Screenplays

Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Comedy Short Screenplay**
Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay**
Best Drama Feature Length Screenplay
Best Drama Short Screenplay**
Best Dark Drama Feature Length Screenplay
Best Dark Drama Short Screenplay**
Best Horror Feature Screenplay
Best Horror Short Screenplay**
Best Horror Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Horror Comedy Short Screenplay**
Best International Feature Length Screenplay
Best International Short Screenplay**
Best Dark Science Fiction Feature Length Screenplay
Best Dark Science Fiction Short Screenplay**
Best Texas Feature Length Screenplay
Best Texas Short Screenplay**
Best Comedy Series Full Length Episode
Best Comedy Series Short Episode**

**40 pages or less

All films and screenplays 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, web series or music video 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 and will be converted to 23.976 for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

Overall Rating
  • WON best dark comedy short screenplay for 2019. Very nice award for a great script. Though I wasn't able to attend. the admin was was 1st rate in keeping in touch with me on the progress, winner list and get the award to me. I think this is an awesome festival that specializes in indy dark films and recognizes true talent in this type of entertainment. I highly recommend the Austin After Dark Festival. Thanks Mike. I wish I could of attend. Judging by the fest images, it looks like it would of been fun for me.

    Randy Sparks
    It Don't Rain on Sunny Days

    January 2020
  • Andy Edwards

    Unfortunately I couldn't get over to Austin for my screening because Easyjet doesn't fly there, but it looks like a great event and the communication was top notch. Hopefully one day I'll get there!

    October 2019

    I didn’t attend this film festival but the organisation and people are wonderful and keep people informed every step of the way. They are also really supportive. I highly recommend this festival.

    September 2019
  • Kirsten Stoddart

    Even though I was unable to attend this year's festival, the communication and care with which the team manages Austin After Dark is second to none. I loved being part of this festival and would do again in a heartbeat.

    September 2019
  • Jimmie Smith

    Really had great time meeting andnetworking with everyone there. The Alamo Draft house was a great venue. Mikel Fair was a great and gracious host. This comes from someone who did not win. I hope to be able to compete again next year. Jim Smith

    September 2019