We're ringing in our 12th year! All the stops are being pulled. This will be the BIGGEST one yet. If you've never submitted before, nows the chance.


Movie Maker Magazine did a write up about us! Check it here: https://buff.ly/2isBESI

Bringing true indie films to Austin! ARFF was founded by filmmakers who saw many festivals only programming films with big stars. In response, they built a true celebration of independent voices in the world capital of indie film, with a brand based on selecting great stories, screening films in the coolest venues, creating excellent networking opportunities and keeping filmmakers – the true stars of the show – front and center throughout the fest.

We work hard to serve our filmmakers!
Awards are given in several categories across several genres, including features, shorts, web series, music videos as well as both feature and short screenplays. Continuing the indie Austin spirit, ARFF’s award trophies are authentic, rodeo style, Texas belt buckles!

The Austin Revolution Film Fest has gained a great reputation with filmmakers and film fans, who return again and again to the show with repeat submissions and sold-out screenings. It has also attracted industry sponsors, including distributor Underdogs.com, screenwriting companies Final Draft and Ink Tip, and the Ambassador Global Group.

In short, we love great stories, we love our filmmakers, and we love connecting audience, filmmaker and film industry representatives in one true celebration of independent film production. Our commitment to filmmakers generates unsolicited testimonials every year, including those below. And we maintain relationships with our submitters throughout the years in a two-way conversation; we’d love for you to join the discussion by emailing us at info@austinrevolution.com with questions.

We created a podcast based purely on promoting our filmmakers. http://www.buzzsprout.com/240740

“Undoubtedly one of the best ‘true’ independent film festivals in the world. The 'CANNES' of Indie Film Festivals” 
- Jason Tostevin, A WAY OUT and Programmer for Nightmares Film Fetival.

"ARFF is a funky jewel of a festival." Skye Borgman, ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SITE

"You guys are different because you really are cultivating a community and caring about independent filmmakers. You are doing something very special with this fest. I am so proud and honored to be included with all these amazing filmmakers!" 

“If you are seriously about making a mark on the indie scene you should definitely enter the Austin Revolution Film Fest” 

“One of the most satisfying screening and festival experiences of my career. Peers become colleagues become friends become family. I can not recommend submitting to this any higher.” 

"Restored by faith in FILM FESTIVALS." Bianca Jamotte LeRoux

Final Draft: All writing winners win a download of the best screenwriting program on the planet.

Ink Tip: InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. All screenplay winners win a listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

We give a variety of awards, including out iconic belt buckle, in all areas of indie filmmaking. See our website for previous winners.

All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights.

Films must not have distribution. VOD or your film being readily available to stream may affect your status. Central Texas (Waco, Austin, San Antonio) premiere required. (Music videos and Web Series may be available online.)

The Austin Revolution Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming without notice.

Overall Rating
  • Sinamaica Studio

    Great festival. Friendly and well organized. And great films too. We had a wonderful time and hope to be back next year.

    April 2024
  • Brendan Fell

    I had never travelled a significant distance for the sake of a film festival, so it was new to be going from Ontario all the way to Austin for an event like this. James Christopher's welcome videos were a big part of what persuaded me to attend this festival: he did a great job of building anticipation for the event. We received a warm welcome upon arrival and had so many chances to see exciting work by a diverse filmmaker group. Networking opportunities were abundant and the whole event was conveniently centred in one perfectly nice hotel, including a hospitality suite. The awards ceremony was brisk and uplifting and I really dig my Austin Revolution belt buckle (which I have been wearing proudly)! Thanks, Austin Revolution!

    April 2024
  • Mary Emily Deal

    I was unable to attend the festival but it was a pleasure to have my script selected for inclusion in the festival. Organizers sent lots of information and it sounded like a lot of fun, I'm sorry I missed it.

    April 2024
  • Sara Gaston

    What a fantastic experience! I've attended many festivals as an actor in someone else's project but this was my first time attending as a director. The festival staff were great communicators - very down to earth. I loved seeing other people's films and getting to talk about my own first attempt. I was probably a bit of a deer in the headlights and wished I had gotten a chance to speak to more creators, but that is a lesson learned. As icing on the cake, we won an award! Thanks for everything, ARFF!

    March 2024
  • Austin Revolution is an absolute gem of a festival. Great communication from Jim, great film selections, great networking opportunities. Have I said "great" enough? I was honored to have my short film, 'The Clogging,' win Best In Show. This festival is a true celebration of independent film, and I can't recommend it enough. Thanks to Jim and everyone involved for an incredible event!

    March 2024