Austin's only 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, networking, and the best indie 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. Grab a cocktail or your favorite Texas beer and wait for the show to begin.
As the sun sets, take a seat under the stars and watch an amazing showcase of films ranging from narrative, comedy, horror, sci-fi, documentary, music videos, & more! Stick around for a the Filmmaker Q&A – a perfect opportunity to talk about upcoming projects & broaden your network. We close the evening with pictures on the red carpet & networking until the sun comes up!
Proceeds towards "Autism Society of Texas".

Lone Star Court is not only an amazing venue, but also a fantastic hotel to stay if visiting from out of town. Located in the Domain & walking distance to fine dining, shopping, & Rock Rose (one of the best bar districts in Austin).

"Superstar" is awarded to the Judges' Choice best reviewed film of the festival!
"Wonder Woman" is awarded to the outstanding female filmmaker of the night!
Awards are presented to the top-rated films following the screening:
Best Feature
Best Narrative
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Micro-Short
Best Student Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Ensemble
Best Writer
Best Score
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Most Original Concept
Best Texas Film
Keep Austin Weird
M. Night Shyamalan (Best Twist)
Audience Choice
Wonder Woman (Outstanding Female Filmmaker)
Superstar (Best Film)

Screenplay Awards:
Best Overall Screenplay (Short & Feature)
Best Narrative Screenplay (Short & Feature)
Best Comedy Screenplay (Short & Feature)
Best Horror Screenplay (Short & Feature)

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
  • It was a fun festival to attend, and we appreciated the award for Best Comedy!

    November 2021
  • Travis Patten

    Wonderful event, great atmosphere, everyone working so hard to make the night special. Really great festival!

    November 2021
  • Thank you for selecting my script, Cancer Corridor, as best TV Pilot!

    November 2021
  • Thank you for selecting my script (The Last Day of Paradise)!

    November 2021
  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    This was a great festival. Thanks for showing our mini short.

    November 2021