Call for Entries - 2014 Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 Film Competition.
Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 21 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.
Each year we honor the winners of our competition alongside legends of the industry, who have included Jonathan Demme, Harold Ramis, Vince Gilligan, Susan Sarandon, Ron Howard, and Judd Apatow.
Additionally, the Jury Award winners of our Narrative, Documentary and Animated Short categories qualify for an Academy Award. Entries in the Film Competition must either be in English or have English subtitles. The Regular Deadline for the film competition is June 16th and the Late Deadline is July 15th.
FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES
- Narrative Feature
- Documentary Feature
- Dark Matters Feature
- Narrative Short
- Narrative Student Short
- Animated Short
- Documentary Short
- Comedy Vanguard
AFF is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences®, making all Jury Award-winning Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Animated Short films eligible for an Academy Award®.
More information can be found at http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/.
Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) or as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Austin Film Festival is not responsible for the streaming quality of Secure Online Screeners (including Withoutabox Screeners). If you choose to submit a Secure Online Screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, AFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your Secure Online Screener submission.
Films must have been completed after April 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Film Festival, October 23-30, 2014.
Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.
Short Films that have played in Austin in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to October 23, 2014 are not eligible to be screened at the Austin Film Festival. This includes Shorts Nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for the UT RTF Program. We prefer shorts be Texas Premieres.
Feature Films must be at least a Texas premiere. AFF will not screen features that have played at other Texas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Texas (including a one-night-only screening in a rented space). We prefer World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.
If a filmmaker is unsure whether to submit their film in the Narrative Feature category or in one of the genre categories (Dark Matters or Comedy Vanguard), we recommend the latter. However Austin Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests. Films will not be penalized if the festival chooses to change the category.
Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don’t want to miss your film!
Austin Film Festival reserves the right to change submission category at their discretion.
Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.