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Questions about the 2023 Deaf Film Festival in Austin, TX:

  • Where can I submit my films?

    • We accept film submissions via FilmFreeway, and will notify our mailing list once our 2025 season has opened for submissions. The criteria for film submissions will be posted there.

  • When will tickets be sold?

    • Ticket sales will not open until 2025.

  • Are photos/videos allowed at the festival?

    • No, we do not allow anyone to take pictures/videos in the auditorium. Our ushers will warn you if they see you recording at any point during the screenings, and after the first warning you will be kicked out without a refund. Please respect our filmmakers and their films by allowing them to remain exclusive until they decide to distribute their work.

  • Since this is a non-profit organization, why are we being charged for tickets?

    • Even though we try to keep things as low-cost as possible, we still need to pay for venues, supplies, and services at the festival.

  • Do the films have any sound?

    • Contrary to popular belief, most of the films in our festival have sound. But every film is captioned for accessibility, both for spoken parts and sign language.

  • What does “Mature film” mean?

    • It means that it can have higher than a PG-13 rating, having contents of drugs, sex, nudity, violence, and language.

  • Are kids allowed at the mature film category screening?

    • As long as adults are aware and can chaperone the children the entire time. 13 and younger are not recommended.

  • Do you have lunch/dinner provided?

    • We aim to have vendors on-site where you can purchase meals for lunch and dinner.

  • What is the Afterparty?

    • It is a party that occurs after the screenings, where award winners for each category will be announced. Filmmakers and artists can mingle and network with one another, and you can celebrate with drinks and dessert!

  • I didn’t make any films, am I allowed to go to the Afterparty?

    • YES! Come and meet the filmmakers and artists!

  • Are kids allowed at the afterparty?

    • Yes, but it will become 21+ ONLY after 10pm.

  • Will there be merchandise sold at the festival?

    • Yes, we will be selling posters and t-shirts!

If you have a question that isn't listed above, please feel free to email us!

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