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.
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 arff@twitchydolphin.com with questions.

“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.

"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.

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS
2018 AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL
AWARDS LIST

“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.

Rules & Terms

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. Texas, (esp Austin) premieres preferred.

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

168 Reviews

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    Chad Henninger

    Great fest with great films!

    November 2017
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    Anthony Miller

    It was great just to make it to finals. Thanks for taking my film into consideration. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the event but thank you for the offer Antz
    Mad Antz Films

    October 2017
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    Jason Habel

    A positive experience at the Austin Revolution Film Fest this year. The programmers were communicative, friendly, and responsive with any questions I had. My film had the privilege of screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, which is always a treat. Plenty of opportunity for networking before and after the screenings. Had a great time!

    October 2017
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    Blair Johannes

    The Austin Revolution Film Festival, What can I say. Well unfortunately we were unable to physically make it to Austin. However they were very good about that and the communication and Festival up dates we received, we almost felt like we were there. They certainly kept you up to date and we were very proud to be apart of ARFF. The only thing I would change, if we every get another film into ARFF is that we actually get our butts to Austin. They certainly seem know to do a film festival and their passion for films and their festival reminds us all why we make these films in the first place. Thank you to James and your crew for your hard work dedication and passion. (The only reason the my Hospitality rating is a little lower is because we weren't there to physically witness it)

    October 2017
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    Samantha Ireland

    ARFF was truly an indie festival delight and it was special to watch some of the films at the iconic Alamo Drafthouse, an amazing touch to the fest. The festival was incredibly inviting and welcoming for all that attended and it really was about the filmmakers. Communication with this festival is hands down one of the best! You never feel like you don't know whats going, you're really a part of the fest which is rewarding and respectful. The only thing that was not as great was the distance in between events, but they've already made shifts for the festival next year and got an even bigger venue for the main events! The fact that they've outgrown the space they were in is an awesome problem to have and they are already making changes. That's when you know a festival cares about everyone's experience! Proud to be a part of the ARFF family after this years fest. Don't miss out on submitting to this filmmaker loving festival :)

    October 2017