Austin's first outdoor film festival, Austin Under the Stars (AUTS) is an international film festival held at Lone Star Court, a retro-inspired boutique hotel.
AUTS aims to make film festivals fun again! Enjoy live music, drinks, socializing, and films - all nestled in the live music capital of the world.

Arrive early & experience a taste of the local music scene! An Austin-based band will set the tone with a movie-inspired playlist leading up to show time. Then, grab a cocktail or your favorite Texas beer and wait for the show to begin.
As the sun begins to set, take a seat under the stars and watch some of the best indie films compete!
Proceeds go towards "Autism Speaks"!

$200 cash prize will be awarded to "Star Under the Stars" - The best reviewed film of the festival!
$150 cash prize will be awarded to "Wonder Woman" - The outstanding female filmmaker of the night (director, cinematographer, editor, etc)
Awards will be presented to the top-rated films following the screening. Stick around for a brief Q&A with each of the award winners – a perfect opportunity to talk about upcoming projects & broaden your network!
Awards will be presented to the following categories:
Best Feature
Best Narrative
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Student Feature
Best Student Short
Best Director
Best Female Performance
Best Male Performance
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Concept

Each filmmaker has the opportunity to win:
$50 gift card & 4 free passes to iPic theaters
$100 in gift cards to Yard House
$100 in gift cards Dogwood Rock Rose
$25 gift card to Shake Shack

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 Under the Stars 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
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    Patrick Foust

    Extremely well run for a young festival. Ali and team are on top of things, every detail is accounted for. They provided clear instructions leading up to the event, and we were thrilled to have won an award! Anticipating much success for this festival in the future.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Patrick!

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    Radheya Jegatheva

    I couldn't make it down to Austin from Australia, but the organisers were amazing and stayed in touch throughout, and I am glad I was able to send a message to all those who attended this brilliant festival!

    AM sure it will keep growing

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Radheya!

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    Johnnie Brannon

    I couldn't recommend this festival enough and it can pack house! Congratulations guys and hope the festival continues with much, much success!

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Johnnie!