OCTOBER GUIDELINES:

Create an arthouse horror film under 10 minutes
exploring the concept of THE UNCANNY.

REQUIRED LINE:
"I know this is impossible. I know this is impossible.
But it's happening and it's happening to me."

CHOOSE ONE, TWO OR ALL EFFECTS:
Use of split screen with a mirror in the frame. What we see in the mirror should be slightly different from reality. Example on how to create this effect here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7vlP8PKA-Q
Stop-motion used only once to suggest that an inanimate object has taken on life.
Character breaks the fourth wall and looks and/or speaks directly to camera only once.

Films due October 23
Voting October 24-30
Winners announced October 31
$500 JURY PRIZE
$100 AUDIENCE FAVORITE
Jury Prize winners are automatically accepted into Austin Arthouse Film Festival, Year 3.

WHAT IS THE UNCANNY?
The uncanny marks the return of that which has been repressed: whether that is a memory, an element to one's personality or a recollection of the true nature of reality.

In storytelling, the true nature of reality may be so traumatic, tragic or surprising that the character has covered it up with a fantasy world. It is when reality breaks through and threatens the security of this fantasy that we experience the uncanny.

HOW TO UTILIZE THE UNCANNY:
Inanimate objects suddenly take on life (is it alive?)
Locations that feel too familiar (have I been here before?)
Deja vu, or the sense of having lived this very moment before (have I done this before?)
Meeting or seeing one's doppelgänger (is that me?)
Something is just slightly off-kilter in your normal world, rendering it almost entirely unfamiliar (who/what/where am I?)

1. The Jury Award ($500) is decided by the Austin Arthouse Film Festival directors and is based on artistic merit as well as adherence to the guidelines. The winner of the Jury Award is automatically an official selection of Austin Arthouse Film Festival, Year 3 and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Arthouse Quarterly.
2. The Audience Favorite award ($100) goes to the film with the most likes and comments on the Austin Arthouse Film Festival Vimeo page and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Arthouse Quarterly. (Multiple comments by individual users as well as filmmaker replies will not be included in the count) *Please note, anyone that wishes to like or comment on your video must have a vimeo account.
3. Select films may have the opportunity to screen at a theater in the future and/or as an official selection of Austin Arthouse Film Festival, Year 3.
4. Voting (likes) will be tallied between October 24-30 until midnight (central). Winners will be announced October 31.

Entrants must abide by laws and guidelines concerning quarantine and self isolation according to their local regulations.

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee and a completed online entry form. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway) or a password-protected streaming URL. If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email the Festival at austinarthouseff@gmail.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
AustinArthouseFF screens films as digital files only during the Festival. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Arthouse Film Festival in January 2021. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow AustinArthouseFF the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes. The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, AustinArthouseFF will select the films for the festival and the submitter will be notified if the film has been accepted. By submitting a film the filmmakers, copyright owners and distribution rights owners agree to have the film screened if selected for the program.
We reserve the right to use stills and images for our promotional material, website, program and press release. Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Austin Arthouse Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL 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.

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  • Tamer Hanna

    Very honored to have this opportunity to participate in this event, very communicative and supportive group and pleased that it is fruited with the audience award

    August 2020
  • Miguel Gil

    The people who manage this festival are awesome. Acessible, hard working and extremelly welcoming! Austin Arthoue sure is a a house to the independent filmmaker.

    August 2020
  • A truly wonderful filmmaking challenge. Thank you Giselle and Elizabeth for your fantastic prompts, great communication and excellent presentation of the films online.

    June 2020
  • Audrey Webb

    I really appreciated how the organizers made everyone feel so welcomed. The prompts were fun and not too restrictive, and the diversity of the film that resulted was so great to see. Looking forward to the next one!

    May 2020
  • DT Kofoed

    Really appreciated the invitation to participate. The competition elements were nicely balanced between specificity and broadness, which aided my creativity. The competition aspect pushed me to promote and receive immense support from my film community. Ultimately I made something that will live past this event.

    May 2020