Austin Film Festival was the first organization of its kind to focus on the writer’s creative contribution to film. Now entering its 27th year, AFF still hinges on its original mission: to further the art and craft of storytelling. We love being able to do that with the next generation, which is why we have a FREE film competition for young filmmakers ages 13-18. At the Young Filmmakers Showcase, selected animated, documentary, and narrative show films from all around the world will play on the big screen in front of a supportive audience of festival-goers.
RULES & GUIDELINES
RULES & GUIDELINES
POSTMARK DEADLINE: SEPT 1, 2020
Shorts can be submitted in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary or Animation.
Films must be submitted either on DVD – NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) or digitally via the online submission form. Exhibition files must be encoded as h.264 in .mp4 or .mov container.
Films must have been completed after April 1, 2019. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Film Festival, October 22 – October 29, 2020
Selected films will play in the Young Filmmakers Showcase as part of the 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival.
Films should be 12 minutes or less.
This competition is open to all filmmakers ages 13 – 18. Filmmakers must also be in middle school or high school during time of production to be eligible. Proof of enrollment required. Graduating high school before the start of Austin Film Festival does not disqualify any filmmaker.
Films will be judged based on narrative strength, strong characters, and filmmaking skill.
Selected filmmakers will receive two (2) Virtual Badges* to the 2020 Virtual Film Festival and Writers Conference. For more information on the festival, which runs from October 22 – October 29, please visit austinfilmfestival.com.
*These virtual badges are intended for an accredited writer of the film and his/her legal guardian.
AFF’s appointed jury will award one film the Young Filmmakers Program Jury Award. Only one (1) award will be given. The winner will be notified prior to the Virtual festival.
Questions about the competition? Please call 512.478.4795 or email email@example.com
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
2020 Competition now closed.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-800-310-3378.