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What is the selection process?

Our selection process involves a panel of 12 international judges from cities including Austin, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bangladesh, and Ecuador. Each entry is evaluated by at least 8 of these judges. Only entries with a cumulative rating of 8.0 or higher (out of 10) are considered for inclusion in the festival.

I missed the final deadline. Can I still submit my project?
While we offer deadline waivers, we do not offer fee waivers. If your programming is not finalized, we can provide a waiver code, but you will be required to pay the Last Call submission rate.

When will I be notified if my entry is selected?
Our notification date is the final date by which we inform entrants, typically about 30 days prior to the event to accommodate travel plans.

What do I receive with my selection?
As a selected participant, you will receive a complimentary VIP badge for the event, official selection laurels, eligibility for over 30 awards, and promotion across our social media and website.

How do I get my "Official Selection" and "Winner" laurels?
Links to download "Official Selection" and "Winner" laurels will be included in your selection and winner emails, respectively.


I can't find my selection email. What should I do?
We send emails through FilmFreeway and follow up with a personal selection email via If you haven't received a notification, please check your spam folder. If you still can't locate it, contact us and we will resend it.


Can you recommend hotel accommodations?
Consider staying at the Lone Star Court, which offers "outdoor activities, lawn games, complimentary bicycles, fire pits, an outdoor swimming hole, and more."


Is there a dress code?
Only our staff is required to dress formally. While we will have a professional photographer, a red carpet, and a step-and-repeat banner, feel free to dress however you like.


Where is the festival held and what food options are available?
The festival is held at AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752. The theater offers typical movie refreshments like hot dogs, popcorn, beer, and wine. Nearby dining options include Tyson's Tacos and Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery, among others.


Will there be Red Carpet Photos?
Yes, our photographer will be available for red carpet photos between screenings. All pictures will be shared on our website within a week of the festival.


What is the seating arrangement and content rating?
Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you wish to sit with your family and friends, we recommend arriving early. Some mature content (R-rated) is included in the program. We kindly request that attendees under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult. While applause and laughter are encouraged, please refrain from talking or texting during the screenings. We reserve the right to remove any disruptive attendees.


How do I participate in the Q&A Sessions?
After each screening, a brief Q&A session will take place. If you are associated with the film or screenplay, join us on the stage to tell us more about the project!


Is the award ceremony open to everyone?
Yes, the Award Ceremony is open to all attendees. We kindly request that all selections stay for the award ceremony. We do not mail out physical awards, but we will email you a digital copy.


How do the Audience Choice Trophies work?
We give out 6 trophies for Audience Choice, one per block. The voting link will exclusively be shared with attendees. Please note that votes from individuals not on the guest list will be disqualified.

Join us at Austin Under the Stars at AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752, for a day of incredible films, engaging Q&A sessions, and unforgettable memories!


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