Austin Spotlight Film Festival puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers! ASFF is an international film festival held at Southwest Theater Lake Creek in Austin, TX. We accept all types of short films, documentaries, 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" & "JUDGE'S CHOICE". 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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  • Great festival, so proud to have been an award winner!

    October 2021
  • Quentin Bell

    It was a great experience with great content.

    October 2021
  • I'm truly honored to have my horror feature "Faithful Shadow" and my thriller "Protector of the Emerald City" as Official Selections in 2020! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Renetta Amador

    What an amazing and welcoming experience this festival was! I couldn't have had a better time at the Austin Spotlight Film Festival. Ali and his team were in constant communication, answered all questions without judgement, and were an amazing support. I am so honored to have been chosen for one of the awards and to have premiered my short in Austin, Texas where I started my film career!

    September 2021
  • Shanita Dognia

    Amazing communication you have submit to this festival! Would have love to be there, but was recovering at home. Next screenplay and film will be submitted for sure!!! Thank you so much!!

    September 2021