Experience the indie filmmaker's paradise at the Austin Spotlight Film Festival (ASFF)! With 7 years of celebration and 16 remarkable showcases, ASFF is the ultimate destination for emerging talent in the world of cinema.

"ASFF offers immediate and invaluable opportunities to filmmakers, shining a spotlight on indie artists and providing them with a platform to showcase their work." - Austin Chronicle

Our international judge panel curates a diverse selection of films and screenplays spanning various genres, including captivating narratives, thrilling horror, hilarious comedy, thought-provoking documentaries, mesmerizing features, striking music videos, and even trailers. Selections receive extensive promotion on our website and social media channels.

ASFF stands out through active audience involvement. Every attendee has the power to vote for the top film, which earns the privilege of being featured on our website for the following year. Additionally, we host engaging Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers and screenplay selections after each screening. It's a unique opportunity to delve into the creative minds behind the works, gain insights, and share inspiration. And of course, the festival culminates in the highly anticipated Award Ceremony, where we celebrate the efforts of our talented selections.

Join us at ASFF, where the magic of independent filmmaking takes center stage. Immerse yourself in a vibrant community, connect with fellow artists, and be part of a festival that celebrates and supports the next generation of cinematic visionaries. The possibilities are limitless, and your journey begins at Austin Spotlight.

Elevate your filmmaking journey at the Austin Spotlight Film Fest, where creativity meets recognition in the most exciting way! Our custom Lightbulb trophies and awards are just the beginning of the cinematic celebration.

Trophy Highlights: Prepare to shine as your work vies for the coveted trophies in categories including Audience Choice, Judge's Choice, Best Short Screenplay, and Best Feature Screenplay. These unique Lightbulb trophies are not just awards; they're symbols of your brilliance and innovation in storytelling.

Awards Extravaganza: But wait, there's more! Our festival goes beyond the expected, presenting a dazzling array of awards in various categories:
- Best Screenplay (Feature & Short): Recognizing the power of words and storytelling mastery.
- Best Narrative (Film & Screenplay): Honoring compelling storytelling in both visual and written forms.
- Best Comedy (Film & Screenplay)
- Best Horror (Film & Screenplay)
- Best Animation
- Best Arthouse
- Best Documentary
- Best Micro-Short
- Best Director
- Best Ensemble
- Best Actor & Best Actress
- Most Original Concept

And that's just the beginning! The Austin Spotlight Film Fest is your platform to showcase your talent, make lasting connections, and celebrate the magic of cinema with a global community of filmmakers and storytellers. Shine bright!

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.

Overall Rating
  • ASFF displays pure professionalism in every facet, every detail. I encourage anyone "on the fence" to enter. It may change your life.

    May 2024
  • Todd Biggerstaff

    This film festival is a blast. It's a short fest with a great opportunity to network and the festival directors are super awesome. Submit to Austin Spotlight and get ready for a great time.

    October 2023
  • Tiana Stuart

    While I was not personally able to attend, my cast DID get to go and had a great time. Thank you for screening (and nominating) my film, Twinsies.

    October 2023
  • Jashan Gill

    What an Amazing experience. What a Journey to the Austin Spotlight Film Festival. What a hospitality. Five Stars. I love America. I love Cinema, and I love writing Cinema. The last time I flew out of America, I had this conversation with it, telling it, "I go broke every time I visit you. Enough of this unrequited love. now, I will come back only when you invite me." Well, well well America called me back in just five months. And imagine the state I always loved visiting, "Texas," called me. Thank you, Austin Spotlight Film Festival, for saving me from breaking up with my beloved America. Thanks for inspiring me that I should never give up. Thanks for giving so much respect and love to me and my Screenplay "Zariya." I promise I will be back next year with the FILM because I NEED to have that PINK TROPHY.

    October 2023
  • Lindsay Heiman

    Can't recommend the Austin Spotlight Film Festival enough! I had two scripts nominated, with one of them winning Best Short Screenplay. It was such an honor to be surrounded by such talented writers and filmmakers. And who doesn't like a pink red carpet?

    October 2023