Austin Spotlight Film Festival puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers! ASFF is an international film festival held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. We accept all types of short films, screenplays, features, music videos, & even trailers.

5 years & 16 showcases, ASFF is listed as one of the "TOP 100 BEST REVIEWED FESTIVALS ON FilmFreeway"!
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."

The international judge panel selects a wide array of films & screenplays for our annual showcase. All selections are promoted on our website & social media. Those films are also showcased at Southwest Theater Lake Creek, where audience members will 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.

The biggest awards go to the "AUDIENCE CHOICE OF THE YEAR" & "JUDGE'S CHOICE OF THE YEAR". Those winners are also highlighted on our website & social media all year.
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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  • Philip Guitar

    Thank You Austin Spotlight! Amazing festival, staff was exceptional! Great time, well put together, tremendous job. GRATEFUL for our win ~ Best Horror CRUDE MASSACRE!

    September 2021
  • Ali Valente

    From my experience, this is one of the better festivals.

    September 2021
  • Nick Paul White

    Great festival! The films looked gorgeous on the big screen! Excellent organizing and programming. You can tell they really care about each film they show.

    September 2021
  • Michael Clifton

    Fantastic festival. Lots of enthusiasm. Great communication from Ali and his team!

    September 2021
  • Tasha Hardy

    This is a fun festival that spends a lot of time supporting the filmmakers involved. Great communication and a positive environment. I'll be back next year!

    September 2021