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. 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. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in DCP 2K Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

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 $25 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.

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  • K. Jennifer Ilagan

    This festival is phenomenal. Mikel Fair and his staff do an excellent job of honoring their filmmakers and screenwriters.

    If you want to feel like you've been truly seen and your work recognized, I'd recommend you enter.

    October 2021
  • I'm truly honored to have my comedy/horror feature "The Moron" selected as a Finalist! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Very proud to be selected for Austin After Dark's Spring 2021 festival lineup. We almost came to the live screenings all the way from Washington state, but couldn't at the last moment due to other circumstances. Mikel is great, and is always on top of communication. Plus, this year we were nominated for Best Cinematography, a very nice surprise. Couldn't recommend AADFF more highly, and can't wait to come back with future projects.

    August 2021
  • Caleb Gritsko

    This festival rocks! Lovely staff, awesome films, great atmosphere, and delicious food. 10/10

    June 2021
  • ilse willocx

    Great festival, thank you for selecting my screenplay!

    June 2021