Feature Film Categories

The mission of the Austin Revolution Film Festival is to recognize a wide variety of independent film from around the world. Multiple genres from around the world. However, all filmmakers have been there. You go to a festival, you pay for your flight (or gas Damien), your room, food, buy your fest t shirt, only to see the festival runner’s buddies win.


We’ve done our best to address that by separating the competition. U.S. films compete against U.S. films, Texas films against Texas and foreign against foreign. We feel this levels the playing field as much as possible and still meeting the responsibilities we have for the festival: to support local film communities and further indie film as a whole world wide community. So this year, here are the feature film categories. (comedy and drama are separate categories).


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New Sub-Categories

We really believe in the mission of the Austin Revolution. We try to follow it in two ways.

  1. We focus on movies that are truly independent and that show a renegade spirit of making movies. We want the films that aren’t weighed down by budgets and are instead lifted by stories. We’re not against playing movies with a ‘big budget’ or names, but that is also not going to be a factor in whether we accept a film or not. Unpopular to say, but we believe in transparency.
  2. We are also recognizing a few films from populations or about topics that might miss the mainstream. They are revolutionaries in content! We’ll be honoring Veteran made films (or films with a veteran theme), LGBT movies and movies than deal with social issues.

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How are we different?

When we set up the Austin Revolution Film Festival, it was based on some of our very early festival experiences. We had played some newer fests and these fests often acted like they were too good for us. As if they were one season away from being Sundance and they could quit playing “little” films like ours.

That impression stood with us and really drove us in creating our core values of why we do it and how we do it. Things like avoiding big sponsors who will want to have a say in content.

On our twitter feed, we’ve been outlining 5 things that we think make us stand out. And we used a cute puppy to help!

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And 2015 is in the books…


Thank you to the filmmakers, fans and volunteers who made the 2015 Austin Revolution a great success. We had full theaters, lively discussions and a great spirit of friendship and family.

Here’s to 2016…

The award winners….


2015 Filmmaker of the Year :  Ya’Ke Smith


Female Filmmakers of the Year

Meagan Flynn-Mesmer

Claudia Pickering


Guest Award

Jason Tostevin


Director’s Choice

Feature:  Frisky

Short: The Ephesian

Horror:  The Resurrections of Clarence Neveldine & The Cabin

Documentary:  Sweethearts of the Gridiron

Actor:  Brian Spangler

Actress:  Jamie Elizabeth

Video:  How to Dance

Director:  Cedric Smith

Student:  Read

Feature Script: The Radio Woman by Nick Sanford

Short Script: Fifty Dollars


“Ambassador Global” Best US Feature Comedy

The Life And Death Of An Unhappily Married Man


Ambassador Global  Best Us Feature Drama

Christine At The Crossroads


Best Horror Feature



“UT Center for European Studies” Best Foreign Feature

Bad City


“Show Up Media” Best Doc Short

Brooklyn United


“Show Up Media” Best Doc Feature

One In A Million


“Julia Artaza” Best Actor Feature

Tommy Beardmore – Life and Death Of An Unhappily Married Man


“Isabella Artaza” Best Actress Feature

Meg Saricks – Nailbiter


“Trail Dance Film Fest” Best Produced Screenplay (Feature)

Mulberry Stains


“#GoLoad” Best Short Drama

If Trees Could Talk


“#GoLoad” Best Short Thriller

A Way Out


“#GoLoad” Best Short Romance



“#GoLoad” Best Short Comedy

Uterus Chat


Best Sci-Fi Short

Into the Dark


Best Western Short



Best Horror Short



“UT Center for European Studies” Best Foreign Short

Synapse Dance


Best Animated

Fallen Phoenix


Best Micro Short

Bad Connections


“Giovanni Artaza” Best Actor Short

Anthony Eugene Stratton – Nesting Grounds


“Gabriella Artaza “Best Actress Short

Ruth Reynolds – Kook


Best Child Actor

Kaitlynn Neill – Holly King


“Trail Dance” Best Produced Screenplay Short

Ocean Pond


Best Web Series

Rough Cut


“Sherie Artaza” Best Web Series Performer`

Adam Hampton – Rough Cut


Best Director

Short – Jason Tostevin

Feature – Josh Hope


Music Production

Crouching Lion, Hidden Treasure


Best Texas Director

Brett Bentman


Best Texas Short Drama

Moving Day


Best Texas Comedy Short

Zombie Jesus


Best Texas Horror Short

Holly King


Best Texas Feature Drama

Age of Reason


Best Texas Feature Comedy

Just My Luck


Best Texas Actor

Noel Gaulin – Behind The Nose


Best Texas Actress

Tracey Ely – Buzzed


#GoLoad Award:

The Monsters


Best F/X

Pete Winning


Best Cinematography

Mortal Dilemma


Best Poster

Between Hell And A Hard Place

Best Trailer:

The Reckoning


Best Student Short

Newbie Newsboy

The Secret To Living



Feature Scripts

Blind Spot by Randall Greenland

Walking Point by Bobby Nevens

Plus One by Marcie Price Jackson

Fault Line by Sandra Cavanaugh


Short Scripts

Emma & Holly Audition For Audition For Sharkpocalypse by Lorraine Portman

A Visit From Mormons by Ted Satterfield


TV Pilot

Leave It To Cleaver by Ashley Marie

What We’re About…

We are so excited about the turn out of filmmakers and fans for this year’s events. It begs the question…what is the Austin Revolution Film Festival about? It’s about true indie films and making the filmmakers the star of the fest and showing the audience that there are good stories out there if you go and look for them.


For fans, we want to expose them to the world of indie film that maybe they don’t even know exists. What these films lack in huge budgets they make up for in story, heart, innovation and honesty. We always talk about remakes and sequels. Come see the alternative to those.


For filmmakers, we try to make everything about the festival truly about YOU. You guys are the stars. You’ll be on the panels. I’m not interested in having some guy who played a killer in some B horror flick 30 years ago show up to take the spotlight away when, at the end of the day, he’s not relevant anymore. You (the filmmakers) are relevant.


We built this fest based on fests we’ve seen do things right. We’ve also based a lot of it on the fests that do it wrong. We’re not going to nickel and dime you. We’re going to keep building this event and making it an event where you can expose your film to new audiences, but more importantly where you can network with other filmmakers and grow opportunities to increase all of your exposure, both as individuals and as collectives. It’s the only way to change things in entertainment. And this is, after all…a revolution.


Get your tickets, passes and t shirts here. Remember, the deadline to pre-order t shirts is 9/1/2015