NOTE: SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL ARE CLOSED. SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 ARE OPEN. THE FIRST 3 SELECTIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2019 EVENT.

NAMED: MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE TOP FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE: 2018

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

We're ringing in our 9th year with a fun baseball-ish themed festival (bottom of the 9th - get it?) 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 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!" 
- Meagan Flynn Mesmer, THE ETIQUETTE OF IMPOTENCE

“If you are seriously about making a mark on the indie scene you should definitely enter the Austin Revolution Film Fest” 
- TOMMY FAIRCLOTH, DORCHESTER’S REVENGE & FAMILY POSESSIONS

“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.” 
- MIKE DONIS, “PETE WINNING & THE PIRATES”

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

SPONSORS 
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.

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  • Molly Cargas

    ARFF was my first film festival and wow, I am hooked. As a newbie, I learned so much from the screenings, the panels and the networking. ARFF could stand for "Assholes R Forbidden Festival" because everyone was generous with their time and knowledge.

    Thank you organizers and fellow attendees! Fun, yet enlightening.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    I like it! Cause they are ARE forbidden!

  • Amy V Morse

    I loved everything about this festival, especially that it is enthusiastic about All the filmmakers there. I was fortunate enough to win an award for our film, Hold Up, but even without it I would’ve felt like a winner.

    September 2019
  • Olivia Carter

    What a great festival and fun experience! I'm fortunate enough to have had my film Round and Round screened there. Such a wonderful and supportive staff really made it feel like a big family event. I can't wait to go again!

    September 2019
  • This was our first time screening at ARFF and we really enjoyed the overall experience. Check-in was a breeze, the organizers and staff were friendly, and the centralized location of screenings made it easy to catch a few every day.

    The screening blocks were made up of some really great films, and the Q&A after each screening was organized well. With the festival being a little smaller than others, it was also very easy to chat with other filmmakers between screenings.

    The only complaint I would say is that I wish the festival program listed runtimes. I had gone to a screening thinking it would all be shorts and a feature was slotted in there as well. A minor complaint though, just would have helped with picking which events to go to.

    We will definitely be submitting future projects to ARFF and are very excited to see how the festival evolves in the future.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Adam! Thanks for the note and we surely consider that in the future!

  • Aaron Hose

    One of the few fests out there totally worth the submission fee. Friendly staff, great location (can't beat being able to lodge in the same location as your screening venue, plus, hey, you're in Austin! There's tons to do here!), quality films, and a wealth of opportunities to meet new filmmakers (the whole fest is like a big filmmaker camp). We were fortunate enough to win this year's Rising Voices Award, which came as a total surprise. We're very grateful. Overall, ARFF has a non-pretentious vibe and the organizers are dedicated to making your experience as top-notch as possible. Highly recommended.

    September 2019