Austin Spotlight Film Festival puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers! ASFF is an international film festival held at Southwest Theaters in Austin, TX. As featured in the Austin Chronicle, "Austin Spotlight is not intended as the antidote to festivals, but to complement them, and provide more immediate, opportunities." 6 years & 16 showcases, ASFF is the best home for upcoming talent.

The international judge panel selects a wide array of films & screenplays including narrative, horror, comedy, documentary, feature, music video, & even trailers. All selections are promoted on our website & social media. Those films are also showcased at Southwest Theater, where audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the top film to be featured on our website for the following year. Following the screening, there will be an Award Ceremony - where we acknowledge the incredible efforts with over 30 awards & trophies!

The biggest awards go to the "AUDIENCE CHOICE" & "JUDGE'S CHOICE".
We give several other awards, including:
BEST SCREENPLAY (FEATURE & SHORT)
BEST NARRATIVE (FILM & SCREENPLAY)
BEST COMEDY (FILM & SCREENPLAY)
BEST HORROR (FILM & SCREENPLAY)
BEST ANIMATION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST MICRO-SHORT
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
BEST ENSEMBLE
BEST EDITOR
BEST WRITER
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST SCORE
MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
& MANY MORE...

NO WAIVERS!
All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
Films must be original works.
By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We agree to hold the Austin Spotlight Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

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  • This is one of my favorite festivals! We had an amazing time visiting from LA, the quality of films in the festival were really high level and we connected with some great filmmakers at the after party too.

    March 2022
  • Francois Larosa

    Very Cool really enjoyed the Setup

    March 2022
  • Joe Leone

    I'd like to thank the Austin Spotlight Film Festival for their recognition of Feature Film Screenplay (Retirement Road Trip). I look forward to submitting additional material in the future.

    December 2021
  • Great festival, so proud to have been an award winner!

    October 2021
  • Quentin Bell

    It was a great experience with great content.

    October 2021