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We're ringing in our 8th year with an 80s themed festival and we want to see your film. (Note: the theme is for the parties and social gathering. Not the content of the films.)

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, 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 with questions.

We created a podcast based purely on promoting our filmmakers.

“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.


“TOSTEVIN” FILMMAKER of the YEAR AWARD - Given to the best representative of Austin Revolution Film Festival in a given year. Filmmaker must embody the festival in: quality of work and the building of the community by showing support for fellow filmmakers.

"MICHELLE MOWER" FEMALE FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR- Our attempt to level the gender laying field by highlighting the independent women of film.

“RANDALL GREENLAND” Screenwriter of the Year - Winner to the best overall screenwriter.

HORIZON AWARDS (Texas Legends) - 4 awards given to contributors to indie film on a whole. Each year named after a different Texas hero.

ARFF HALL OF FAME- Inductees are chosen based on contributions to ARFF over the life of the festival. For filmmakers, they must have played at least 3 projects to be eligible for 2017/

SHELLY AWARD: Our indie spirit awards given to two people.

ADAM HAMPTON: Given to the best actor/director.

LUKAS HASSEL AWARD: Given to the best writer/director.

CEDRIC SMITH AWARD: GIven to the best socially conscious film.

TOBE AWARD: Given to the best genre filmmaker.

TEXAS RENEGADE AWARD: Given to the movie with the best soundtrack.

Rodeo style belt buckles given in categories for the best SHORTS, FEATURES and WEB SERIES. Jury awards and audience choice awards divided by region (Texas, U.S. and World)

Screenplays win gifts from sponsors valued at over $500.

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
  • Rob Hampton

    Being accepted to this great festival and then attending it were major moments for our film. We had read the glowing reviews and heard what an awesome atmosphere it is for filmmakers, and it turns out it's all true! Jim and his team were the best, they know how to welcome you and make you feel like family. With most everything including parties taking place at one venue, you can't help but have fun with fellow filmmakers. Plus, you've got the super-cool city of Austin to explore in between screenings (we took in a Texas Longhorn game on a whim)! We ended up winning an award here, and it is easily our proudest achievement, because the films they choose are all top-notch. Thanks to all!

    February 2019
  • Steph Pifer

    Everyone was very friendly and I made some very valuable connections. The festival was engaging at every moment and overall very fun to attend.

    February 2019
  • Great quality and very professional

    January 2019
  • Rita De Castro

    As a new filmmaker, this was an amazing experience! From screenings to hospitality, ARFF was a knowledgeable experience, and I'm forever grateful to have achieved Finalist and 2nd Place Winner in the Student Shorts Competition. Definitely plan to submit more shorts in the future!

    December 2018
  • Awesome! Can’t wait to go to this years festival as more than a Semi-Finalist. Thank you

    December 2018