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© 2017 Austin Spotlight Film Festival

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

AUSTIN'S BEST INDIE FILM FESTIVAL

Do you have t-shirts or hats available?

Merchandise is coming soon. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Can you recommend hotel accommodations? 

The festival is held at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in North Austin. We recommend Lone Star Court Hotel in the Domain. TThis retro boutique hotel is very popular & fills up fast every year, so we recommend booking a room as soon as possible. 

What comes will my selection?

In addition to screening your project or discussing your screenplay, selections receive official selection laurels, one free VIP badge to the festival/filmmaker Q&A/award ceremony, & eligibility for 30+ awards & plaques.  We also promote our selections on the website & social media. 

How many passes do I get with my selection?

Each selection is given one free pass. The pass is saved under the submission contact.

If I am unable to attend, can I give my pass to someone else?

Yes. The pass will still be saved under the submission contact. The guest will need to mention their name at ticketing.

 

Will you coordinate & provide updates to my attending guest?

No. We request that you keep any & all of your guests informed. We are very diligent about informing our selections of any schedule changes. For more constant updates, guests can follow us on social media.

Is there a confirmation I need to bring for my free pass?

No. If you were selected, your name is on our guest list. You are welcome to bring your selection email as backup, but it is not necessary.

 

Two of my projects were selected. Does that mean I get two free passes?

Yes.

 

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 austinspotlightfilmfestival@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?

No. There will be a professional photographer, red carpet, & a step-and-repeat banner, but feel free to dress however you like.

 

Where do I find the other nominees?

All nominees will be posted under the selections 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.

Where can I find the schedule?

We will share the schedule on the website one week prior to the event.

 

I bought a ticket, but was unable to attend. Are there refunds?

No.

 

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. If you receive a plaque, they can be shipped but you will have to cover shipping costs. 

 

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.

 

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.

Our Team

Ali Alkhafaji - Festival Director

Leila Scott - Event MC

Ryan Robinson - Photographer

Madison Moreland - Marketing Coordinator

Michael Schuermann - Motion Designer

Dre Forrest - Sponsorship relations