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)
MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
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.