ASFF puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers! 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." 7 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. Selected films are 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 is a Q&A with all attending filmmakers & screenplay selections. Stick around for the Award Ceremony - where we acknowledge the incredible efforts with over 30 awards & trophies!

Trophies 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 ENSEMBLE
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
& 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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  • Alisha Banks

    I really want to thank the team at Austin Spotlight for their thoughtful curation, excellent communication and inclusivity. This was the first festival that I have attended with my own work - I had a great time and felt so welcomed. An all around great experience and thank you so much for the award!

    October 2022
  • Neil Goodchild

    Special thanks to the Austin Spotlight Film Festival for nominating my script 'Alive And Well' for Best Narrative Screenplay. The experience was a first, extra kudos to Ali for the quick responses, fast notifications and updates. Looking forward to trying again next year!

    October 2022
  • A wonderful festival with a great selection of films. Ali and his team do a fantastic job of celebrating cinema and involving the filmmakers!

    October 2022
  • Everything was great! Can’t wait to submit next year!

    October 2022
  • Although unable to attend just happy to know Ali and his team are having live events for filmmakers to network and see other creative projects in person. Great communication and very appreciative to have been a selection for best horror short script with Hard As It Gets. Keep up the good work.

    October 2022