EDIT: All proceeds from submissions fees during the month of June go to Black Lives Matter
Spotlighting work from filmmakers across the world who defy conventions, champion art and challenge audience expectations. We celebrate the work of these artists by sharing their films in a city that triumphs originality, creativity and the weird.
Accepted filmmakers receive free entry to the festival and VIP treatment on the red carpet among other perks. We'll be finishing off the night with an awards ceremony and a JURY PRIZE or $1,000 for the Best of Fest film as well as the AUDIENCE FAVORITE PRIZE of $250 which will be voted on by audience members at the event!
Awards change yearly to accommodate and celebrate the unique films we screen. Some of our awards include:
Lynch Award - Best Arthouse Film
Kubrick Award - Best Director
Argento Award - Best Cinematography
Linklater Award - Best Dialogue
Cassavetes Award - Best Performances
Eisenstein Award - Best Editing
Svankmajer Award - Best Animation
Varda Award - Best Documentary
1. Jury Prize ($1000) is decided by the Austin Arthouse Film Festival directors and is based on artistic merit.
2. The Audience Favorite Prize ($250) goes to the film with the most votes by audience members at the event in January.
2021 AUSTIN ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL FILM COMPETITION RULES
Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee and a completed online entry form. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway) or a password-protected streaming URL. If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email the Festival at email@example.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
AustinArthouseFF screens films as digital files only during the Festival. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Arthouse Film Festival in January 2021. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow AustinArthouseFF the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes. The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, AustinArthouseFF will select the films for the festival and the submitter will be notified if the film has been accepted. By submitting a film the filmmakers, copyright owners and distribution rights owners agree to have the film screened if selected for the program.
We reserve the right to use stills and images for our promotional material, website, program and press release. Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Austin Arthouse Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.