The Austin After Dark Film Festival is a seasonal 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 for a live audience. 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.

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 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 or documentary series is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

All film screening at the Austin Film Society Cinema require files to be delivered in DCP 2k or 4k format. If your film is not in DCP format, please reach out to our vendor for a quote. Film Festival submission fees and DCP conversion fees are separate. The cost of any potential conversions is not covered by our festival. Please budget accordingly.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $35 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker passes.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Maria Robles

    Excellent festival! Beautiful theater, incredible selections. We were honored to be nominated for Best Cinematography and extremely grateful for Best Acting Performance win!! Highly recommend this festival!

    May 2022
  • Rafael Mayoral-Parracia

    Had a great time screening our film at Austin After Dark. The venue had a great atmosphere and screening theater which didn't disappoint in terms of visual/audio quality. Hospitality from Mikel and his team was amazing, as they encouraged networking and conversation starters between filmmakers. Communication was on spot as well, with consistent updates on schedule and deadlines, as well as communication with their DCP provider. Austin After Dark is definitely a festival worth checking out and I look forward to submitting to them again soon.

    December 2021
  • Queen Cujo

    A very cool and amazing Festival.

    December 2021
  • Adetinpo Thomas

    So excited to be included in this festival!!

    December 2021
  • The Austin After Dark Film Festival was a fantastic festival experience. Mikel and Brooke are so passionate and it absolutely shows. The communication and organization were top notch. The venue at the Austin Film Society theater is perfect. I met a lot of fellow writers and filmmakers hanging out in the spacious lobby. Got nothing but good things to say. Five Stars!!!

    November 2021