Austin Spotlight Film Festival (ASFF) is an international film festival held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. We accept all types of short films, features, music videos, trailers, & even kickstarters.

3 years & 14 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 the annual festivals, but to complement them, and provide even more, and more immediate, opportunities."

Our 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 Alamo Drafthouse Theater, where audience members will decide the top film to be featured on our website for the following year!
Prior to the screening, filmmakers are invited to join for a private cocktail mixer - a perfect opportunity to network, discuss projects, & unwind before showtime.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with all the attending filmmakers. The audience will have the opportunity to learn more about the film & upcoming projects.
The evening ends with an Award Ceremony - where we acknowledge the incredible filmmaking efforts with over 30 awards to give out.

The biggest awards go to the
"AUDIENCE CHOICE OF THE YEAR" & "JUDGE'S CHOICE OF THE YEAR" - The winners will receive plaques & will be highlighted on our website & social media all year.
We give several other awards, including:
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST NARRATIVE
BEST COMEDY
BEST HORROR
BEST ANIMATION
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST MICRO-SHORT
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
BEST ENSEMBLE
BEST EDITOR
BEST WRITER
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST CHILD ACTOR/ACTRESS
MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
BEST SCORE
& MANY MORE...

No waivers or discounts!
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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  • Sean Baier

    Spotlight was very organized and on time. This was an awesome festival!

    December 2019
  • Annika K Horne

    What a great festival! I had a great time and was thrilled to win best animation. The screening was quite interesting and enjoyable.

    December 2019
  • Travis White

    What a fantastic little festival and it's only going to grow bigger and bigger. I'd suggest getting in on this one now than later as the festival directors were kind, accommodating and put a lot of heart into the event and are working hard to make this festival a force to be reckoned with. It was our pleasure to attend and an honor to win both Best Twist and Audience Choice! We'll definitely be submitting next year and will likely attend, even as a fan, if not accepted.

    December 2019
  • Mason McCabe

    Groovy little festival at Alamo.

    November 2019
  • Charley Vance

    I was honored that ASFF found my screenplay worthy of the finals. I regret my teaching schedule did not allow me to attend. But I appreciate the effort ASFF organizers kept me in the loop about the festival. I am finishing a second screenplay which I intend to submit soon.

    November 2019