What is the selection process?

We have a panel of 12 international judges (Austin, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bangladesh, Ecuador). Each entry is rated by at least 8 of those 12 judges. Only entries rated cumulative 8.0 (out of 10) or higher are considered for the festival. 

I missed the final deadline. Can I still submit my project?

We offer deadline waivers, but no fee waivers. We can offer a waiver code if programming is not finalized, but you will be required to pay the Last Call submission rate. 

Will you notify entries before the notification date? 

The notification date is the last possible day we notify entrants. We try to notify 30 days prior to the event to accommodate travel plans. 

What comes will my selection?

In addition to screening your project or discussing your screenplay, selections receive official selection laurels, eligibility for 30+ awards, & promotion across our social media & website. 

Can you recommend hotel accommodations? 

Lone Star Court Hotel -- This retro boutique hotel is very popular & fills up fast every year, so we recommend booking as soon as possible. 

What if I don't have a poster, will you still promote my film or screenplay? 

We list all selections on our website, but do request sending a picture, still, or promotional image if you wish to be promoted on social media. 

Where can I get “Official Selection” laurels?

The link is in your selection email.


Where can I get “Winner” laurels?

The link is in your winner email.

Where do I find the other nominees?

All nominees will be posted under the awards tab once selections are finalized.  


Where do I find the award winners?

All awards will be posted under the awards tab one week after the annual festival.


How many days is the festival?

1 day.

Is there a livestream or virtual festival? 

No - We are a live event only. If theaters are open, we are hostin'!

Is the screening outdoors? 

YES! This years's festival will be held at our typical venue Lone Star Court.

Where can I find the schedule?


Do I get free passes with my selection?

No. With the limited amount of seats (50% capacity) under the new COVID guidelines, we require all attendees purchase a ticket. In addition to funding the venue, a portion of all proceeds go to Autism Society of Texas. 

My friends bought passes. Can we be seated together? 

We prefer all groups buy passes together if they wish to be seated together - this is the same across all theaters. We will try to make accommodations up to 2 weeks before the festival -- after that, seats will be permanently assigned. 

Will there be a Q&A? 

We will have red carpet Q&A's in the lobby, but there will be no audience/filmmaker Q&A -- this is a safety measure to maintain theater policy & limit contact. 

Will there be an award ceremony?

Yes! We will announce winners immediately following the screening. The awards will be waiting in the lobby following the announcement. 

I cannot find my selection email. Is there a different way to get it?

We send most emails via FilmFreeway, but will also follow up with a personal selection email via austinunderthestars@gmail.com. If you did not receive a notification, we request that you check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate it, we will re-send it.


Is there a dress code?

Only our staff is required to dress formal. There will be a professional photographer, red carpet, & a step-and-repeat banner, but feel free to dress however you like.


I won an award, but I did not attend or I left before the award ceremony. Can you mail it to me?

We request that everyone stay for the award ceremony. We do not mail out awards. We will email a digital copy. 


I received an email that requested a downloadable version of my film. I wanted to change some things (color, sound, etc). Is that possible?

You have 1 week from the selection date to button up your entry. If we have not received a downloadable version by that date, you will be disqualified. If you lengthen the duration of your project, you will be disqualified.