After an incredible 2016 season in which filmmakers the world over called it the "best festival they've attended," the Austin Revolution Film Festival is planning for 2017 edition that is bigger and better in every way.

Bringing true indie films to Austin! ARFF was founded by filmmakers who saw many festivals only programming films with big stars. In response, they built a true celebration of independent voices in the world capital of indie film, with a brand based on selecting great stories, screening films in the coolest venues, creating excellent networking opportunities and keeping filmmakers – the true stars of the show – front and center throughout the fest.
Awards are given in several categories across several genres, including features, shorts, web series, music videos as well as both feature and short screenplays. Continuing the indie Austin spirit, ARFF’s award trophies are authentic, rodeo style, Texas belt buckles!

The Austin Revolution Film Fest has gained a great reputation with filmmakers and film fans, who return again and again to the show with repeat submissions and sold-out screenings. It has also attracted industry sponsors, including distributor Underdogs.com, screenwriting companies Final Draft and Ink Tip, and the Ambassador Global Group.

In short, we love great stories, we love our filmmakers, and we love connecting audience, filmmaker and film industry representatives in one true celebration of independent film production. Our commitment to filmmakers generates unsolicited testimonials every year, including those below. And we maintain relationships with our submitters throughout the years in a two-way conversation; we’d love for you to join the discussion by emailing us at arff@twitchydolphin.com with questions.

“Undoubtedly one of the best ‘true’ independent film festivals in the world” 
- Jason Tostevin, A WAY OUT

"You guys are different because you really are cultivating a community and caring about independent filmmakers. You are doing something very special with this fest. I am so proud and honored to be included with all these amazing filmmakers!" 
- Meagan Flynn Mesmer, THE ETIQUETTE OF IMPOTENCE

“...Is a breath of fresh air. A festival that focuses on the filmmakers as well as educating audiences to what a film festival is all about... Seeing great indie films...you can tell a lot of love went into this festival.” 
- KYLE ROBERTS, THE POST HUMAN PROJECT

“If you are seriously about making a mark on the indie scene you should definitely enter the Austin Revolution Film Fest” 
- TOMMY FAIRCLOTH, DORCHESTER’S REVENGE

“One of the most satisfying screening and festival experiences of my career. Peers become colleagues become friends become family. I can not recommend submitting to this any higher.” 
- MIKE DONIS, “PETE WINNING & THE PIRATES”

“The mix of talented film makers, diverse films and stellar networking make it a rarity in a sea of subpar film festivals.” 
- BRETT BENTMAN, ”ASH”

SPONSORS 
Final Draft: All writing winners win a download of the best screenwriting program on the planet.

Ink Tip: InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. All screenplay winners win a listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
Underdogs.com: A distribution company for true indies. All film winners win placement with his nonexclusive distribution company.

Ambassador Global, LLC

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS
2017 AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL
AWARDS LIST

FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR - The honorary award on any given year. Announced before the festival.

“TOSTEVIN” AWARD - Given to the best representative of Austin Revolution Film Festival in a given year. Filmmaker must embody the festival in: quality of work and the building of the community by showing support for fellow filmmakers.

"MICHELLE MOWER" FEMALE FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR- Our attempt to level the gender laying field by highlighting the independent women of film.

“RANDALL GREENLAND” Screenwriter of the Year - Winner to the best overall screenwriter.

HORIZON AWARDS (Texas Legends) - 4 awards given to contributors to indie film on a whole. Each year named after a different Texas hero.

ARFF HALL OF FAME- Inductees are chosen based on contributions to ARFF over the life of the festival. For filmmakers, they must have played at least 3 projects to be eligible for 2017/

SHELLY AWARD: Our indie spirit awards given to two people.

ADAM HAMPTON: Given to the best actor/director.

TEXAS RENEGADE AWARD: Given to the movie with the best soundtrack.

Best College Student Film

Best High School Student Film

Texas Drama Short
Texas Comedy Short
Texas Horror
Texas Feature Drama
Texas Feature Comedy
Texas Actor
Texas Actress
Texas Director
Texas Script

U.S. Drama Short
U.S. Thriller Short
U.S.Romance Short
U.S.Comedy Short
U.S. Sci Fi Short
U.S. Horror Short
U.S. Western Short*
U.S. Micro Comedy
U.S. Micro Romance
U.S. Micro Horror
U.S. Micro Drama
U.S. Micro Thriller*
U.S. Short Actor
U.S. Short Actress
U.S. Actor Feature
U.S. Actress Feature
U.S. Supporting Actor Feature*
U.S. Supporting Actress Feature*
U.S. Feature Comedy
U.S. Feature Drama
U.S. Horror Feature
U.S. Short Director
U.S. Feature Director

‘World’ Short
‘World’ Feature
‘World’ Director

Best Trailer
Best Poster
Best Editing S
Best Editing F
Best Cinematography S
Best F/X S
Best Cinematography F
Best F/X F
Web Series Director
Web Series Actor
Web Series Actress
Web Series
Music Video
Documentary Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Director -
Animation
Produced Script: Short
Produced Script: Feature
“Scarlet Waters” Genre Award
Inspirational
LGBTQ
Veteran Made
Rising Voices

Best Feature x1
Best Feature x2
Best Feature x3
Best Short x1
Best Short x2
Best TV x1
Best TV x2

Audience Choice US Feature
Audience Choice Texas Feature
Audience Choice World Feature
Audience Choice US Short
Audience Choice Texas Short
Audience Choice World Short

Screenplays win gifts from sponsors valued at over $500.

Rules & Terms

All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights.

Films must not have distribution. VOD or your film being readily available to stream may affect your status. Texas premieres preferred.

The Austin Revolution Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming without notice.

96 Reviews

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    Marilyn Swick

    This is a great festival with lots of wonderful awards, love the buckles! We were proud to have our project chosen as a finalist last year!

    February 2017
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    Ya'Ke Smith

    This festival is a gem! Such a great experience every time I attend! The people are great, the networking is great and the overall vibe is really family oriented--filmmakers coming together to not only support one another, but to connect with one another in hopes of forging lasting relationships. If you're in the ATX I urge you to attend.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Just proud to have you in the ARFF family.

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    Twitchy Dolphin Flix

    Excellent filmmakers in attendance. Great festival.

    November 2016
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    Yousef Kazemi

    Greatly enjoyed my time at the Austin Revolution Film Festival!

    November 2016
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    James Carroll

    It was a great honor to be part of this film festival and have my screenplay represented. The communication and professionalism were great.

    November 2016