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.

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Award Categories For Films And Videos

Best Action Film
Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Science Fiction Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama Film
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Music Video
Best Proof of Concept
Best Series Episode
Best Texas Film
Most Original Concept

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 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**

**60 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
  • Great and open communication and opportunity for networking and spreading the word of your film.

    December 2022
  • Loved the experience. Im looking forward to submitting more in years to come.

    December 2022
  • Mikel Fair is one of the hardest working festival directors in the business, spending copious amounts of time not only on the festival itself but also on YouTube interviewing filmmakers and screenwriters right up to the big show. - Virginia Austin

    November 2022
  • Very happy to have made the trip out from New York for this wonderful festival! Mikel was so incredibly communicative, right from the start. The venue, Austin Film Society, is fantastic, and truly the best possible way to watch your film. The films were excellent, running the gamut from dark comedy to blood-curdling horror, right up my alley. It was great getting to meet the filmmakers as well. It makes watching a movie that much cooler when you know the folks who made it (duh). THANK YOU Mikel, Brooke, and all of the judges for such a fantastic experience! Hope to be back.

    November 2022
  • The Austin After Dark Film Festival was unlike any festival I've ever been to.

    To witness such raw, unhinged, and beautifully shot films in one sitting was fantastic.

    I'm stoked to attend the next one!

    November 2022