7th Annual

Austin Revolution Film Festival

September 17, 2018 to September 22, 2018

Film Market
Submit Online
P.O. Box 14413
Austin TX 78761
Phone: (512)569-3469

PETITION THIS FEST • CLICK HERE to be counted as an anonymous "petition" – encouraging this event to "evolutionize" its submission process.

Feature Film
Narrative or feature films with a runtime over 40 minutes.
Short Film
Web Series


The AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL is dedicated to bringing indie films otherwise ignored by larger festivals to the indie film center of Austin, Texas.


What is the Austin Revolution Film Festival about? Its about true indie films and making the filmmakers the star of the fest and showing the audience that there are good stories out there if you go and look for them.

For fans, we want to expose them to the world of indie film that maybe they don’t even know it exists. What these films lack in huge budgets they make up for in story, heart, innovation and honesty. We always talk about remakes and sequels. Come see the alternative to those.

For filmmakers, we try to make everything about the festival truly about YOU. You guys are the stars. You’ll be on the panels. I’m not interested in having some guy who played a killer in some B horror flick 30 years ago show up to take the spotlight away when, at the end of the day, he’s not relevant anymore. You (the filmmakers) are relevant.

We built this fest based on fests we’ve seen do things right. We’ve also based a lot of it on the fests that do it wrong. We’re not going to nickel and dime you. We’re going to keep building this event and making it an event where you can expose your film to new audiences, but more importantly were you can network with other filmmakers and grow opportunities to increase all of your exposure, both as individuals and as collectives. It’s the only way to change things in entertainment. And this is, after all…a revolution.

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!" 

“...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.” 

“If you are seriously about making a mark on the indie scene you should definitely enter the Austin Revolution Film Fest” 

“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.” 

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

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


James Christopher (Director)


Best US Feature Comedy
Best Us Feature Drama
Best Horror
Best Foreign Feature
Best Texas Feature
Best Actor Feature
Best Actress Feature
Twitchy Actor
Twitchy Actress
Best Produced Screenplay (Feature)
Best Short Drama
Best Short Thriller
Best Short Comedy
Best Horror Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Texas Short
Best Micro Short
Best Actress Short
Best Actor Short
Best Produced Screenplay Short
Best Trailer
Best Web Series
Best Actor Web Series
Best Actress Web Series
Best Doc Short
Best Doc Feature
Best Music Video
Best TV Pilot
Best Director
Best Texas Director
Best F/X Feature
Best F/X Short
Best Cinematography
Guest Award
Best Poster
Best Feature Script
Best Short Script
Best Student Feature
Best Student Short
Best Student Short (High School)
"Guest Award" Filmmaker of the Year
Female Filmmaker

Screenplays win gifts from sponsors valued at over $500.
Winning films win a non exclusive distribution deal with www.underdogs.com


Austin Revolution Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Austin Revolution Film Festival

1. Entrants must submit a DVD viewing copy for consideration if they are not submitting via secure online screener.

2. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD or attached secure online screener.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English (unless special arrangements have been made with festival).

4. Please attach WAB tracking number when submitting with DVD.

5. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening entrants must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi. NOTE: Only electronic images will be accepted for the official festival catalog-program. We also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.

8. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.

9. The festival director reserves the right to change the program at any time.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Austin Revolution Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


Austin Revolution Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Austin Revolution Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.