The Austin area is home to over 25 world-class film and television festivals, each covering a variety of unique genres and films types. Along with amazing screenings, many of the festivals also include a conference aspect with informative panel sessions that feature prominent industry figures. If you are interested in more than just attending, each festival has a call for entries and volunteer opportunities.
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT AUSTIN
June 2-4, 2017
The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest where filmmakers from all over Austin compete to see who can make the best short film in under 48 hours.
ATTIC FILM FEST
TBD 2018 (Spring)
The Attic Film Festival’s is a gathering of filmmakers and audiences exploring the art of telling the Gospel story through film.
AUSTIN ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
December 7-10, 2017
The Austin Asian American Film Festival showcases the best in Asian and Asian American cinema in order to celebrate communities, entertain, enlighten, and showcase creative talents.
AUSTIN COMEDY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
TBD 2018 (Spring)
The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a unique forum for international independent filmmakers to showcase their short comedy films.
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
October 22 - November 2, 2017
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, Austin Film Festival shines the spotlight on top-billed films and indies alike along with a renowned conference that focuses on screenwriting.
AUSTIN GAY AND LESBIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
September 7-10, 2017
aGLIFF (Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film festival) is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwest and the largest gay and lesbian cultural event in Austin.
AUSTIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
TBD 2017 (Fall)
The Austin Jewish Film Festival promotes the love of Jewish films to the Central Texas community by screening movies and programming other events related to movies.
AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL
September 12-16, 2017
The Austin Music Video Festival celebrates Austin's longstanding music video heritage with music video screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops.
AUSTIN POLISH FILM FESTIVAL
November 2-5, 2017
The Austin Polish Society presents their annual film festival featuring carefully curated narrative, documentaries, animation and shorts film, as well as an amazing Polish film poster exhibit.
AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL
September 19-23, 2017
The Austin Revolution Film Festival showcases independent films from all over the world, along with hosting networking events and parties for attendees.
AUSTIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
TBD 2017 (Summer)
The Austin International Short Film Festival provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema, recognizing Texas filmmakers and works in addition to films and filmmakers from around the world.
June 29-July 2, 2017
Austin WebFest's mission is to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, and to celebrate and showcases quality Web series along with hosting amazing panels.
AUSTIN YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
May 20, 2017
The Austin Youth Film Festival gives young, independent filmmakers a venue to showcase their work to peers and pros alike, thus fostering a love of filmmaking among the future voices of our community.
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
June 8-11, 2017
ATX Television Festival is a yearly celebration of all things TV with a weekend of panels, screenings and parties where you can hang out with your favorite sitcom stars of present and past.
BIG AS TEXAS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
TBD 2017 (Winter)
The Big as Texas Short Film Festival in Austin showcases high-quality independent short films along with a filmmaker meet and greet.
CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
August 17-20, 2017 (Summer)
Celebrating black filmmakers from across the nation, the Capital City Black Film Festival provides a stage for burgeoning talent in the heart of Austin.
CINE LAS AMERICAS
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival showcases contemporary films from North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Spain.
CINEMA TOUCHING DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL & SHORT FILM COMPETITION
October 13-14, 2017
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities hosts the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition which shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability.
September 21-28, 2017
Fantastic Fest is the Alamo Drafthouse's annual genre festival featuring the horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian, and cult films from around the world.
FILMS FOR THE FOREST
TBD 2018 (Spring)
Films for the Forest is a short film challenge created by Rainforest Partnership with the goal of creating an awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and threats faced by forests.
HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL
April 7-30, 2017
Presented by the Hill Country Film Society, the Hill Country Film Festival is an independent film event held in the heart of the Texas Hill Country showcasing feature and short films from around the world.
INDIE MEME FILM FESTIVAL
April 21-23, 2017
Indie Meme presents an exclusive opportunity to see internationally-acclaimed, award-winning narrative features, documentaries and shorts from South Asia.
MILLENNIAL FILM FESTIVAL
August 16-20, 2017
The Millennial Film Festival celebrates high school and college level filmmakers with career exploration through hands-on, creative film production experiences.
OFF CENTERED FILM FESTIVAL
May 14, 2017
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery team up to present the Off-Centered Film Fest, an epic three-day celebration of craft beer, delicious food and off-centered films for off-centered people.
OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN
December 7-10, 2017
Science Fiction comes in all shapes and sizes: horror, drama, comedy - see the best of these films at the Other Worlds Festival.
OUTSIDER LGBTQIA FESTIVAL
TBD 2018 (Winter)
OUTsider showcases LGBTQIA film and art via unique festival experiences in order to educate and entertain the public as well as to support the creative endeavors of LGBTQIA artists.
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL (SXSW)
March 10-19, 2017
Now one of the biggest festivals in the nation, SXSW offers the latest and greatest in the music, film and multimedia interactive worlds.