What Is The Austin Micro Film Festival?
The Austin Micro Film Festival is an bi-annual event on the Film Festival Circuit that showcases short films under six minutes (6:00) in length. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. At this festival, international independent films of all genres screen in a fast paced "back to back" format projected in HD 1080p. Due to COVID restrictions, we have moved this event to Doc's Drive In Theatre in Buda, TX which is approximately 20 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. International films from all over the world are eligible for submission, whether your film has screened at another festival or not. Featuring Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Experimental, Music Videos, Horror Films and more, this diverse mix of Micro Films will surprise you in ways that are hard to explain, until you've experienced it for yourself. You'll be surprised at the creativity and production value that these brilliant filmmakers are able to pack into tiny little films that are six minutes or less. Learn more about the Award Winners, Nominations and Official Selections of our latest event, Austin Micro Short Film Festival 2020 at the event page.
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- Twitter #AustinMicroShortFilmFestival
Austin Micro Film Festival Submissions Are Now Open!
Do you have a Science Fiction, Drama, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Fantasy, Animated, or Mockumentary Film that is six minutes or less in length, that you are sending to festivals? Have you written a brilliant short screenplay, that is 40 pages or less in length and you're looking for more exposure? Would you like to review our submission rates and upcoming deadlines? If so, please visit the Austin Micro Short Film Festival listing on FilmFreeway. We are looking for creative works with good acting and original ideas. Our judges appreciate creative concepts and strong writing. The Austin Micro Short Film Festival is diverse, accepting films from a variety cultures and races. Several political ideas and religions are represented. All lifestyles and ideologies are welcome. The Austin Micro Short Film Festival screenings are always thought provoking and fun. We screen films that can be very colorful, passionate, action packed and even experimental. Please read our Film Festival Judging Guide (LINK) if you'd like to understand our judging principles, as well as, how we rate and select films. We make the process as fair and objective as possible. No politics here, we're just looking for the best content to entertain our audience. Have more questions about the rules and regulations for Austin Micro Short Film Festival submissions? Please visit the Film Festival Circuit FAQ Frequently Asked Questions LINK
Austin Micro Short Film Festival List Of Submission Categories
- Action Film
- Animated Film
- Comedy Film
- Dark Comedy Film
- Drama Film
- Dark Drama Film
- Documentary Film
- Experimental Film
- Experimental Music Video
- Fantasy Film
- Horror Film
- Horror Comedy Film
- Mockumentary Film
- Music Video
- Science Fiction Film
- Short Film
- Web Series Episode (Video)
- Screenplay: Short
- Screenplay: Comedy
- Screenplay: Dark Comedy
- Screenplay: Drama
- Screenplay : Dark Drama
- Screenplay: Horror
- Screenplay: Horror Comedy
- Screenplay: Science Fiction
Austin Micro Short Film Festival List Of Award Categories
The official selections represent the top 25% of submissions rated by the judges on a scale of 1-10. From the pool of official selections, up to 5 finalists per Award Category are announced as 'finalists' and are eligible to win an award. In some cases, less than five finalists may be nominated for a specific category, if there weren't enough films or screenplays that finished in the top 25% of official selections. For example, we may have 20 experimental music video submissions, but only 4 were rated in the top 25% of the official selections, therefore, only 4 award finalists are announced for the "Best Experimental Music Video" Award.
28 Award Categories For Films And Videos
- Best Action Film
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Animated Film
- Best Cinematography
- Best Comedy Film
- Best Dark Comedy Film
- Best Drama Film
- Best Dark Drama Film
- Best Director
- Best Documentary Film
- Best Editing
- Best Ensemble Cast
- Best Experimental Film
- Best Experimental Music Video
- Best Fantasy Film
- Best Horror Film
- Best Horror Comedy Film
- Best International Director
- Best International Film
- Best Mockumentary Film
- Best Music Video
- Best Picture
- Best Science Fiction Film
- Best Web Series Episode
- Best Texas Film
- Best Texas Director
- Most Original Concept
12 Award Categories For Screenplays
- Best Comedy Screenplay
- Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
- Best Drama Screenplay
- Best Dark Drama Screenplay
- Best Fantasy Screenplay
- Best Horror Screenplay
- Best Horror Comedy Screenplay
- Best International Screenplay
- Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay
- Best Science Fiction Screenplay
- Best Screenplay
- Best Texas Screenplay
Austin Micro Short Film Festival Event List
"Hello Mikel Fair and the Austin Micro Film Festival Team! I was in tears when I found out that I just won my first award for Facing the Sky, the Best Experimental Music Video! (No, I’m not even joking. Those tears were a refreshing way to start my morning routine here in Switzerland. I want to thank you so much for this and I really wish I could attend the festival in person. Unfortunately I don’t see any possibility to do so and therefore I can only send you my very best wishes to a big success. I hope it turns out even better than you expected it and I hope for you personally that after all the organization you get to enjoy the atmosphere and how you could make all of this happen. :) Have a wonderful day!
Best wishes from Switzerland" - Director Celine Lochmeier
Films That Have Screened At The Austin Micro Short Film Festival
Some of the filmmakers from our previous events, have since made their films public on YouTube and Vimeo. Check them out!
Actors Aren't Funny
The Pleasure Of Your Company
The Tip, Directed by Daryn Castle (United Kingdom)
Out Now! Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
My name is Mikel Fair and I have written this 30 page ebook to help filmmakers strengthen their submission when submitting to Film Festivals. This guide is based on my experience, starting in 2008 as a Film Festival Director that has watched, rated and reviewed more than 5000+ submissions of all genres from over 100 countries. There are several mistakes that filmmakers are making on a daily basis that I can help you avoid. I explain in detail, about how the packaging and editing of your submission can have a direct effect on how many festivals that your film is accepted to. Priced under $10 US, I have made this book affordable for everyone and will email you any new versions that we release until January 2021. Please read the first chapter for free!
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- Chapter 5: Do You Know That A Director’s Bio And Resume Are Two Different Things?
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- Chapter 9: Why Do Film Festivals Love Submissions With A Social Media Presence?
- Chapter 10: Your Film’s Website, Is Its History And Point Of Contact
- Chapter 11: Final Cut Or Festival Cut? Don’t Submit The Wrong One.
- Chapter 12: Stretch Your Submissions Budget. Use Promo Codes. Get Discounts.