Austin Micro Film Festival Fall 2021

By Mikel Fair

This page is dedicated to the films, videos and screenplays on the Film Festival Circuit that have been selected for the Austin Micro Film Festival  Fall 2021 competition. This live screening event will take place on Monday November 1, 2021 at the Austin Film Society Cinema from 5:00pm - 9:30pm. Genres included Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Experimental, Music Videos, Science Fiction and more. Each film screening is six minutes or less and length. These films were created in 12 different countries and 30 US States including the great state of Texas. Most of these films have never been screened live in the United States. Below is the list of nearly 100 international independent films and screenplays selected by the judges. Each of these submissions rated in the top 25% of the nearly 450 total submissions to this event. Please note that this event was previously named the Austin Micro Short Film Festival. 2021 is the first year of the name change to the Austin Micro Film Festival. Tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

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Fall 2021 Award Winners

  • Best Action Film "Chop Shop" Directed By Andrew Donnelly (Arkansas)
  • Best Animated Comedy Film "Social Prostitution" Directed By Dylan Assed (New York City/Texas)
  • Best Animated Film "Texas Energy: The Grid, The Bad, and The Ugly" Directed By Sarah Layne Baumann (Texas)
  • Best Cinematography "F R E E" Directed By Brad Gilbertson (Australia)
  • Best Comedy Film "Yes, Who, I Love You Too" Directed By Chuck Marra and Megan Foley (California)
  • Best Comedy Screenplay "The Long Night Script" Written By Terry Aderholt (Texas)
  • Best Dark Comedy Film "Big Weekend Plans" Directed By Tesha Kondrat (Michigan)
  • Best Dark Drama Film "Catharsis An Anthology Series EP. 1 - Dearest"
    Directed By Grant A Parsons and Drew Bohlke (Texas / Nebraska / Florida)
  • Best Dark Drama Screenplay "Guest of Honor" Written By Gregory Daye (North Carolina)
  • Best Documentary Film "Shanta" Directed By Amanda Bensel (California & Nepal)
  • Best Drama Film "Forgiveness" Directed By Matt Milne (United Kingdom)
  • Best Drama Screenplay "Remembering Lou" Written By Samantha Hallenus (Louisiana)
  • Best Editing "Outward' Directed By Vincent Jerome (England)
  • Best Ensemble Cast "Escape Party" Directed By Gabe Montero (California)
  • Best Experimental Film "Seule" Directed By Abigail Whitney (Canada)
  • Best Experimental Music Video "Summer in St. Louis" Directed By Cami Thomas (Missouri)
  • Best Horror Comedy Film "Kiss The Cook" Directed By Matt Kenny (New York)
  • Best Horror Film "Prudence" Directed By R.D. Womack II (Colorado)
  • Best Horror Screenplay "Dr. Apples: The Eye" Written By Lacye A Brown (Georgia)
  • Best International Film "Home" Directed By Isobel Clark (United Kingdom)
  • Best Mockumentary Film "Paper Football" Directed By Emily Ziegler, Paul Vasquez and Gabriel Guzman (California)
  • Best Music Video The Immortalz "It's Not a God, It's a Gourd", Directed By J. Budro Partida (Texas)
  • Best Relationship Drama Film "Torn" Directed By Ron Sonedecker (Ohio)
  • Best Romantic Comedy Film "Out of Order" Directed By Emmanuel Stewart (Illinois)
  • Best Science Fiction Film "Little Giant" Directed By Sean Foy (Massachusetts)
  • Best Science Fiction Screenplay "Twenty Years" Written By Riley Lister (Colorado)
  • Best Web Series Episode "Paranormal Micro Bites: File 013 - The Chupacabra" Directed By Eduardo Ramirez (Texas)

 

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Fall 2021 Award Finalists

The following films, videos in screenplays are ranked in the top 30% of submissions and are also finalists in their individual submission categories for awards. We will not have screenplay readings for this season, but every film on this list will screen live at the event. Our team is still working on Award Finalist Laurels and Certificates. Check your acceptance email for a direct link to the official selection laurels.

 

Best Action Film Award Finalists

  • Chop Shop, Directed By Andrew Donnelly (Arkansas)
  • Echelon - Schism: Alpha, Directed By Benjamin L Brown (California)
  • Robbery Intermission, Directed By Nick Marchuk (California)

 

Best Animated Comedy Film Award Finalist

  • Chicken, Directed By Sydney Mills (Texas)
  • O, What Rice! O, What Beans! Directed By Jer Moran (Texas)
  • Social Prostitution, Directed By Dylan Assed (New York City/Texas)

 

Best Animated Film Award Finalist

  • Diary of a Mad Black Werewolf, Directed By Mark Cheng (California)
  • Elsewhere, Directed By Morris Callegari (California)
  • RISE, Directed By Mark Cheng (California)
  • Texas Energy: The Grid, The Bad, and The Ugly, Directed By Sarah Layne Baumann (Texas)
  • The World's Greatest Home, Directed By Zubair Pradhan (Canada)

 

Best Cinematography Award Finalist

  • Bigfoot & Me, Directed By Ken Cole (Oklahoma)
  • F R E E, Directed By Brad Gilbertson (Australia)
  • Rocks & Salt - Kentucky Straight Blues - Official Music Video, Directed By Vitaliy Strokous (California)
  • Tesla Psycho, Directed By Devon Ryan (Texas)
  • Why Do Men Fish?, Directed By Barton Holt Ingalls (Alabama)

 

Best Comedy Film Award Finalist

  • High, How Are You?, Directed By Ashley Landrieu (Louisiana)
  • Hypochondriac, Directed By Alexa Jaeger and Matthew Teister (Illinois)
  • Say What Now?, Directed By Chris Bacchus (Canada)
  • What do we do?, Directed By Roderick Fenske (California)
  • Yes, Who, I Love You Too, Directed By Chuck Marra and Megan Foley (California)

 

Best Comedy Screenplay Award Winner

  • The Long Night Script, Written By Terry Aderholt (Texas) - Winner!

 

Best Dark Comedy Film Award Finalist

  • Big Weekend Plans, Directed By Tesha Kondrat (Michigan)
  • Father Apocalypse, Directed By Milan John Smith (Florida)
  • Hold That Order, Directed By Debi King McMartin-Collier (Louisiana)
  • Mayonnaise, Directed By Anaëlle Morf (Switzerland)
  • ROADKILL, Directed By Jessica Mastro (California)

 

Best Dark Drama Film Award Finalist

  • Catharsis An Anthology Series EP. 1 - Dearest, Directed By Grant A Parsons and Drew Bohlke (Texas / Nebraska / Florida)
  • Internal Affairs, Directed By Charlie S. Jensen (California)
  • Saturday cleaning, Directed By Marcin Kołodziejczak (Poland)
  • Sibylline, Directed By Tyler Foreman (Missouri)
  • The Devil's Cup, Directed By Greg Flakus (Texas)

 

Best Dark Drama Screenplay Award Winner

  • Guest of Honor, Written By Gregory Daye (North Carolina) - Winner!

 

Best Documentary Film Award Finalist

  • 1 Out of 8, Directed By Jacqueline Kennedy (New York)
  • A Cabinet of Curiosities, Directed By Olivia Rutherford (England)
  • Boutique of Love: The Story of White Tree, Directed By Ron Sonedecker (Ohio)
  • Seven Years, Directed By Lexi Read (Florida)
  • Shanta, Directed By Amanda Bensel (California & Nepal)

 

Best Drama Film Award Finalist

  • Bound, Directed By Danielle Wheeler (Texas)
  • Disconsolate, Directed By Justin Jarrell (Georgia)
  • The Wolf, Directed By Leah Loftin (New York)
  • Forgiveness, Directed By Matt Milne (United Kingdom)
  • Home, Directed By Isobel Clark (United Kingdom)

 

Best Drama Screenplay Award Finalist

  • Remembering Lou, Written By Samantha Hallenus (Louisiana)
  • Saving Faith, Written By Randy Messersmith (New Mexico)
  • Tsunami, Written By Stuart Creque (California)

 

Best Editing Award Finalist

  • Outward, Directed By Vincent Jerome (England)
  • Sick Day, Directed By Charles Le Pere (California)
  • Threadbare, Directed By Derek Adam Thomas (Maryland)

 

Best Ensemble Cast Award Finalist

  • Bay Six, Directed By Derek Stockton (Tennessee)
  • Escape Party, Directed By Gabe Montero (California)
  • The Old Guards, Directed By Will Branner (Charlotte, North Carolina)

 

Best Experimental Film Award Finalist

  • Blue Flower, Directed By Jordan Leer (Michigan)
  • Dearly Departed, Directed By Ryan Boatright (Texas)
  • My Beautiful Love, Directed By Pascal Lastrajoli (France)
  • Seule, Directed By Abigail Whitney (Canada)
  • Us, Directed By Thane Montgomery (California)

 

Best Experimental Music Video Award Winner

  • Summer in St. Louis, Directed By Cami Thomas (Missouri) - Winner!

 

Best Horror Comedy Film Award Finalist

  • Desert Like a Witch, Directed By GG Hawkins and Arielle (California)
  • Kiss The Cook, Directed By Matt Kenny (New York)
  • Kyle, Directed By Joseph LaGuidice (California)
  • Routine, Directed By Russ Emanuel (California)
  • WET MOUTH, Directed By Duncan Dickerson (Washington)

 

Best Horror Film Award Finalist

  • Baby Steps, Directed By Carlos Vazquez (Connecticut)
  • Prudence, Directed By R.D. Womack II (Colorado)
  • The Man Who Visits My Dreams, Directed By Dalton Clay (Texas)

 

Best Horror Screenplay Award Finalist

  • Dr. Apples: The Eye, Written By Lacye A Brown (Georgia)
  • Folk, Written By Drew Atchison (Arizona)

 

Best International Film

  • Entangled Animal, Directed By Christian Holm-Glad (Norway)
  • Forgiveness, Directed By Matt Milne (United Kingdom)
  • Home, Directed By Isobel Clark (United Kingdom)

 

Best Mockumentary Film Award Winner

  • Paper Football, Directed By Emily Ziegler, Paul Vasquez and Gabriel Guzman (California) - Winner!

 

Best Music Video Award Finalist

  • Baby Don't Dance, Directed By Syra McCarthy (California)
  • Best Friend Parody, Directed By Kaili Y. Turner (New York)
  • Happy In Hell, Directed By Saalika Khan (Maryland)
  • The Immortalz "It's Not a God, It's a Gourd", Directed By J. Budro Partida (Texas)
  • You'll Find Love, Directed By Karla Odette Armendariz (Texas)

 

Best Relationship Drama Film Award Finalist

  • Stranger Danger, Directed By Joe Quinn (Ohio)
  • The Debate, Directed By Androu De Vera (California)
  • The Drive, Directed By Jiwon Lee (Republic of Korea)
  • Torn, Directed By Ron Sonedecker (Ohio)
  • Who We Were, Directed By Ryan Spahn (New York)

 

Best Relationship Drama Screenplay Award Winner

  • The Life I Lost, Written By Ray Mata (Texas) - Winner!

 

Best Romantic Comedy Film Award Finalist

  • Out of Order, Directed By Emmanuel Stewart (Illinois)
  • Over the River, Directed By Mark Kiefer (Massachusetts)
  • Riff Raff, Directed By Lucie Pohl and Tomas Delgado (New York)
  • Sorry, Directed By Anonymous (New York)
  • Swiped, Directed By Edward J Douglas (Canada / Germany)

 

Best Science Fiction Film Award Finalist

  • Little Giant, Directed By Sean Foy (Massachusetts)
  • Smart, Directed By Derek Adam Thomas (Maryland)
  • The Day I Left, Directed By Ikram Haizammuri (Malaysia)
  • The Girl on the Moon, Directed By Georgina Jenkins (Australia)
  • Wasteland, Directed By Adam G Key (California)

 

Best Science Fiction Screenplay Award Winner

  • Twenty Years, Written By Riley Lister (Colorado)

 

Best Web Series Episode Award Finalist

  • Paranormal Micro Bites: File 013 - The Chupacabra, Directed By Eduardo Ramirez (Texas)
  • The Last Cigarette, Directed By John Rizkallah (California)
  • The Old Guards, Directed By Will Branner (Charlotte, North Carolina)

 

Official Selections

  • Kristi Stafford "Trophy Wife" Directed by Marietta R. K. Wilk (Chicago)


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Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair

From 1999-2015 I worked on location in the television and film industry as a location sound mixer, production manager and field producer. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Today, I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit LLC, a US based company that manages international film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Our team is passionate about showcasing new independent films, videos, series episodes, screenplays and teleplays of all genres.

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