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! Movie Maker Magazine did a write up about us! Check it here:
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.

“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!" 

“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. Texas, (esp Austin) premieres preferred. (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
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    David Maddox

    This may have been my favorite festival we attended. Great crowds at the Alamo Drafthouse screenings. And a true independent feel, with no pretentiousness. Absolutely great people running this festival, and a great vibe for the whole event. I need to make another film quickly, just so I can go back!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Yea you do David. Yes. You. Do. :)

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    MJ Isakson

    This is a fantastic film festival! I was so happy to get that phone call from James saying our film would be included in ARFF. James and the entire team make it clear that filmmakers are their first priority. It’s impressive how organized they are and that they’re able to offer so much support to filmmakers from planning all the way through the festival. I appreciated how quickly they responded to questions. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t be there in person, but the communication was so great that I almost felt like I was. James even called me to tell me how things were going during the screening of our film, which was so nice. It just shows that they understand and care about how important festival screenings are to filmmakers. I hope to someday attend the ARFF in person. I’ll of course be proudly wearing an ARFF belt buckle!!!! Thank you James and the entire ARFF team! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

    February 2018
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    Vicki Bartholomew

    This was my first time in Austin and at ARFF. There was quite a lot of hospitality for a small festival. Great for networking. ARFF had excellent short comedies, even compared to large festivals. All films were good quality. Teamwork: There was a comraderie present between the Texas filmmakers and audience because they had been in each others films. If you are a student filmmaker in Texas you need to attend this festival for the networking.

    November 2017
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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