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. Due to COVID restrictions, we have moved this event to Doc's Drive In Theatre in Buda, TX which is approximately 20 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  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 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
  • Austin After Dark was one of the best Film Festivals I have experienced to date. Mikel and crew did an amazing job and I will definitely be back.

    September 2020
  • Patrick Mediate

    Terrific fest. We are thrilled that our screenplay "Soul Passage" was selected this year. We'll be back next season with another offering and can't wait to be a part of it again.

    September 2020
  • I would like to take this opportunity and thank the Austin After Dark Film Festival for recognizing short screenplay - DIRE CONSEQUENCES. I was unable to attend this in-person event. However, I highly recommend the competition for both filmmakers and screenwriters alike.

    August 2020
  • Jason Lor

    My screenplay SLEEP was selected to be in the festival this year. The staff is wonderful and always kept me up to date about the festival. Sadly, because of COVID 19, travels to the festival was not possible. Definitely a festival worth visiting and being a part of. Can't wait for the next one. Great job you guys.

    June 2020
  • Unfortunately I couldn't get over to Austin for my screening because Covid19 but it looks like a great event and the communication was fabulous. Hopefully one day I'll get there!

    June 2020