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2008 Austin Underground Film Festival: Call For Entries

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 6, 2008

Teenager sitting on the ground holding begging sign

Andy Gately, Program Director of the Austin Underground Film Festival, may be busy these days playing with and promoting Mike Z’s The Strip Cult stage show, but he’s also put out the call for entries for this year’s fest. This is still a shorts-only festival and the maximum running time of entries can only be 40 minutes. So, if you’ve got a film shorter than that, send it in.

In the past, Andy’s also been nice enough to send the Underground Film Journal a DVD of the shorts to review (2006 and 2007), so while I’ve never been to AUFF — or Austin in general for that matter — I know for a fact that he puts on a fun fest filled with some truly great films. This year’s fest will run sometime in early November and here are the current deadlines:

Early Deadline:
August 31


Regular Deadline:
September 30


Late Deadline:

As soon as I get the final deadline, I’ll post that up. Also, if you submit more than one film, each additional film only costs $10. As for what AUFF is looking for, here’s their mission statement and genres they accept:

We seek to provide a venue for films that might not otherwise be exhibited for the public, and virtually no genre or concept is excluded from consideration. However, films of a radical, critical, progressive, provocative, confrontational, controversial, subversive, seditious, irreverent, illicit, offensive, obscene, rebellious, profane, pornographic, conspiratorial, corruptive, psychotropic, phantasmagoric, volatile, violent, anarchic, blasphemous or otherwise irresponsible nature are especially encouraged.


We accept SHORTS ONLY, the maximum length is 40 minutes.


* narratives
* freeform
* documentaries
* experimental
* animation
* music videos
* silent
* foreign
* works-in-progress, provided they will be completed by event date

All films in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English, unless dialogue is nonessential to comprehension and/or appreciation.

For more info and full submission guidelines, check out their call for entries post on the AUFF site.