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Coming to a theater near you: The Austin Film Festival's 2013 competition is now open

The Austin Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2013 film competition. Films — feature lengths, shorts, animated — can be submitted for consideration by May 1 for an early bird price of only $50. Other, later deadlines are available on the AFF website.

 Selected films will be screened and award winners will be announced October 24-31 at the festival. 

Selected films will be screened and award winners will be announced October 24-31 at the festival. And this year’s festival, concluding on Halloween, will include the new horror-thriller category, Dark Matters Feature.

In festivals past, audience and jury award prize winners have been shortlisted, and in the case of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, have won Academy Awards. Short films and short animated films have been more successful (Mr. Morris won the 2012 Oscar for Best Animated Short), so there’s hope yet for starry-eyed filmmakers eager to bump into Brad and Angie on Oscars night.

Many future Academy nominees have had their films screened at AFF. Jason Reitman won audience awards for Juno and Up in the Air, both of which went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and Reitman received nods for director.

Interested in submitting to this year’s Austin Film Festival? Read more about the rules and how to apply here

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