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FILM FESTIVALS

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.
 



48hour
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT AUSTIN
TBD - Spring 2019
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.

 

AGLIFF
ALL GENDERS LIFESTYLES & IDENTITIES FILM FESTIVAL
September 6-9, 2018
The All Genders, Lifestyles & Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) presents programming for the Austin community depicting a myriad of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age, and religion.

 

attic
ATTIC FILM FEST
TBD - Spring 2019
The Attic Film Festival’s is a gathering of filmmakers and audiences exploring the art of telling the Gospel story through film.

 

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AUSTIN ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
TBD - Fall 2018
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.

 

comedy
AUSTIN COMEDY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
TBD - Spring 2019
The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a unique forum for international independent filmmakers to showcase their short comedy films.

 

AFF
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
October 25 - November 1, 2018
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.

 

AIndie
AUSTIN INDIE FEST
November 10-12, 2018
Austin Indie Fest fills a major gap, finding a place for new film makers who want to compete in a high quality Film Festival, but aren't quite ready for larger festivals.

 

ajff
AUSTIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
TBD - Fall 2018
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
AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL
December 4-8, 2018
The Austin Music Video Festival celebrates Austin's longstanding music video heritage with music video screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops.

 

Polish Film Festival
AUSTIN POLISH FILM FESTIVAL
November 8-11, 2018
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.

 

ausrev
AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL
September 17-22, 2018
The Austin Revolution Film Festival showcases independent films from all over the world, along with hosting networking events and parties for attendees.

 

aYouthff
AUSTIN YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
TBD - Spring 2019
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
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL
June 6-9, 2019
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.

 

CCBFFCAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
August 30 - September 2, 2018
Celebrating black filmmakers from across the nation, the Capital City Black Film Festival provides a stage for burgeoning talent in the heart of Austin.

 

CineLasAmericas
CINE LAS AMERICAS
TBD - Spring 2019
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival showcases contemporary films from North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Spain.

 

ctd
CINEMA TOUCHING DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL & SHORT FILM COMPETITION
October 19-20, 2018
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.

 

Contrast
CONTRAST FILM FESTIVAL
July 20-22, 2018
The Contrast Film Festival highlights boundary-pushing, genre-defying, and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female & queer artists. 

 

FFFANTASTIC FEST
September 20-27, 2018
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.

 

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FILMS FOR THE FOREST
TBD - Spring 2019
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.

 

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HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL

April 26-29, 2019
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
INDIE MEME FILM FESTIVAL
TBD - Spring 2019
Indie Meme presents an exclusive opportunity to see internationally-acclaimed, award-winning narrative features, documentaries and shorts from South Asia.

 

mfest

MILLENNIAL FILM FESTIVAL
September 20-23, 2018
The Millennial Film Festival celebrates high school and college level filmmakers with career exploration through hands-on, creative film production experiences.

 

Other Worlds Austin
OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN
December 6-9, 2018
Science Fiction comes in all shapes and sizes: horror, drama, comedy - see the best of these films at the Other Worlds Festival.

 

outsider
OUTSIDER LGBTQIA FESTIVAL
February 20-24, 2019
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.

 

sxsw
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL (SXSW)
March 8-17, 2019
Now one of the biggest festivals in the nation, SXSW offers the latest and greatest in the music, film and multimedia interactive worlds.

 

Transform
TRANSFORM FILM FEST
TBD - Winter 2019
Produced by the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas and the Austin School of Film, in partnership with the Hive Arts Collective, Transform Film Fest is dedicated to films exclusively created by women.