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We're ringing in our 10th year!

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.

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
  • This festival was simply TERRIFIC! For me, it hit all the high notes a festival could offer. The communication before getting to the festival and while there was on point. Jim and crew were warm and hospitable every step of the way there. Loads of great film, well-selected from up-and-coming filmmakers, as well as some seasoned veterans in the industry made me not want to miss a single project! I ravenously consumed everything that I could and was happily filled to my creative brim! What's more, the chance to mix and mingle with other creatives and make new friends and connections was so easy and natural because the festival helps encourage this through hospitality and opportunities to connect. The whole event was simply days of fun, fun, fun! But also, break out seminars by film veterans were both informative and valuable. Now, I can't wait for the chance to attend next year, whether I have a project officially selected next time or not. ARFF you rock!

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Phillip, thanks so much for the kind words. We're gonna keep working to keep it fun!

  • The Austin Revolution Film Festival was one of the best film festivals that I have ever attended. The esprit de corps of the attendees was just stellar. The support of the artistic community was so warm and heartfelt it was like one big happy family. Chris and his Wife really know how to make you feel right at home. I totally enjoyed the screenings and had a great time networking. I actually found my WWII historian for my next project at the awards ceremony. We're working together presently. He's actually going to act in it too. I'll definitely be back next year.

    April 2022
  • Production Team

    Austin Revolution Film Festival just keeps getting better. This was our second time at ARFF, and the experience was even better the second time.

    Ironically, one of the best things you can say about a festival is that it’s hard to see movies because you’re having too much fun networking, and ARFF is definitely that kind of festival. If you’re looking for a fest that will give you more contacts, this is the place to go. The culture of support and friendship above competition really means that you will want to stay in touch with the people you meet.

    Jim and his team have created a truly fantastic festival that focuses on the indie, blue-collar filmmaker. Their communication before and during the festival is top-notch, and the experience throughout is nothing but fun and supportive. Panels are informative and useful, and staffed by people who are actually working in the industry. Screenings are full and full of enthusiastic audiences.

    They’re number one on Film Freeway for a reason: they deserve to be!

    March 2022
  • Aurora Florence

    What a fun fest! Definitely an emphasis on building community among filmmakers. We met some great folks and found it to be a very supportive environment. Loved screening The Anxious Taxidermist here and hope to come back in years to come.

    March 2022
  • Zachary Scott

    I hadn’t been a part of this festival in many years and it has grown into a very cool event! Great people, awesome films and good networking! I highly recommend submitting your next film!

    March 2022