IMPORTANT NOTE: Submissions for our 10th season are closed. Submissions are open for Season #11.


Movie Maker Magazine did a write up about us! Check it here:

We're ringing in our 10th year!

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.

We work hard to serve our filmmakers!
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, 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 with questions.

We created a podcast based purely on promoting our filmmakers.

“Undoubtedly one of the best ‘true’ independent film festivals in the world. The 'CANNES' of Indie Film Festivals” 
- Jason Tostevin, A WAY OUT and Programmer for Nightmares Film Fetival.

"ARFF is a funky jewel of a festival." Skye Borgman, ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SITE

"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!" 

“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.” 

"Restored by faith in FILM FESTIVALS." Bianca Jamotte LeRoux

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.

We give a variety of awards, including out iconic belt buckle, in all areas of indie filmmaking. See our website for previous winners.

All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights.

Films must not have distribution. VOD or your film being readily available to stream may affect your status. Central Texas (Waco, Austin, San Antonio) premiere required. (Music videos and Web Series may be available online.)

The Austin Revolution Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming without notice.

Overall Rating
  • SMCA Cinema Club

    Amazing and supportive film festival.

    July 2020
  • Great time! Absolutely loved being at this festival and enjoyed meeting great filmmakers.

    November 2019
  • Charley Vance

    I viewed a lot of great work and talk to a lot of giving people. It was worth the trip. If my work is worthy again, I would go back.

    November 2019
  • Jenna Covarrubias

    This festival was so organized and put together! They were incredibly communicative and you can tell they put a ton of care into this. I was unable to attend the festival but friends and family did and said they had a great time and everyone was so friendly. Submit your film to this festival!

    September 2019
  • Mack Lewis

    A great festival put on by awesome people. Thanks again for showing my trailer!

    September 2019