Faces of Austin 2018 Short Film Competition Application

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and ATXN is putting out a call for short films!
Since 2005, the Faces of Austin program has showcased short films by local filmmakers, reflecting the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our city. The films selected for Faces of Austin 2018 will have a premiere screening during the SXSW Film Conference in March 2018 as part of a Community Screening event. The films will also be shown on ATXN and via the City's website. There is a cash honorarium for each selected short film and a prize for the Judge's Choice.
  • 10 minutes maximum length (shorter is better!)
  • By an Austin-area filmmaker or commissioned through an Austin organization
  • Original non-fiction or fiction work no older than 3-years old
  • Filmed in Austin or highlights Austin-area topics or organizations
  • Does not violate copyright law by using copy written work, including music, without permission
  • Does not solicit funds or a particular political call to action
  • Must be appropriate to show in a public setting to an audience of all ages
  • May not be also selected by SXSW as part of its other Short Film Exhibitions
  • Applicants must be 18 and older
  • Applications from filmmakers with diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, January 12th, 5:00 PM
A selection panel comprising project advisors, media experts, and City staff will review each artist's work and associated materials submitted by the project deadline. Selected submissions will meet all the requirements and demonstrate a high quality. The City of Austin reserves the right to disqualify materials deemed offensive or inappropriate to show in a public setting. The "Judge's Choice" will be selected from among the selection panel's top 5 rated submissions.

Films will be scored based on the following criteria: Strength of Story, Highlighting Austin-area topics/organizations, and Quality of Production.

If your film is selected for Faces of Austin 2018, an HD digital version of the film will need to be submitted. Staff will coordinate with all selected filmmakers. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Odegaard at laura.odegaard@austintexas.gov or 512.974.6345.

* 1. Applicant Contact Information

* 2. Filmmaker Biography
Describe what you currently do, what other places your work has been shown, and/or what awards you have won

* 3. Submission #1

* 4. Submission #2

* 5. Submission #3