What to See at Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival is an international forum whose primary objective is to further the art and science of storytelling. The festival motivates and champions the works of filmmakers, writers, and artists who employ visual or written language to tell their stories.
The festival is a combination of an 8-day film festival and a 4-day conference. There are also other smaller year-round events, radio and TV shows and a popular emerging filmmakers program.
What is it all about?
The AFF is all about celebrating creativity. It is also a forum for creative
artists to find their voice and express themselves in a fun way.
The Austin Film festival is committed to promoting the art, science, and
business of screenwriters and filmmakers. This is achieved through unique year-round
events and services. The program enhances public awareness and participation
while promoting vibrant and ongoing community involvement.
What you need to know...
Austin Film Festival is the leading film festival in the world. There are many
good reasons for everyone to attend the festival and conference. This is a
place where screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and consumers share their
souls and hearts.
By attending, you end up a better screenwriter, producer, filmmaker or consumer. For the emerging filmmaker, you have the chance to rub shoulder with the giants. You also get to watch the stars and get a dose of inspiration. Such makes it the leading film festival the world over.
The Film festival is hosted in different movie theaters all over downtown
Austin and other places nearby. Some prominent venues include The State
Theater, The Paramount Theater, The Long Center for Performing Arts and The
Hideout Theater among others.
What to expect
The conference offers a platform for over 150 round tables, interactive panels,
and meetings with the leading filmmakers and screenwriters. The forum also
conducts workshops where the core factors are screenwriting and filmmaking.
Such dialogues include discussion, character development, and story structure.
There are distinct panels that address the subject of developing scripts by
upcoming producers and writers. Topics discussed include overcoming the
writer’s block, how to produce a film on a budget and film marketing
You will get lots of opportunities to meet and great writers and producers.
That includes forums where you can meet other participants in the entertainment
industry. Some people attending the festival sell their scripts or find fresh
opportunities just by being participants.
Types of films you can see
Every year, the Austin Film festival organizes competitions in at least eight
categories. These include Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Narrative
Feature, Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Comedy
Vanguard and Dark Matters.
The Scripted Digital Series is the newest addition to the series, offered by
the Austin Film Festival, designed specifically for online platforms. In addition to these categories, AFF now offers a Scripted Digital Series
competition for serialized content on online platforms.
Reasons to attend
No screenwriter or filmmaker can claim a magic formula for writing or
producing. However, some magic happens when birds of a feather congregate. The
AFF brings all genres of writers, screenwriters, and filmmakers under one roof.
Regardless of your interest or level of expertise, the Austin Film Festival is
the preferred outlet for all storytellers. Your story telling skills changes
for better when you learn from the giants.
Whether you are telling your story on stage or a small or big screen, what
matters is that you move your audience. That’s every screen writers or
filmmakers job. The Austin Film Festival provides the most valuable
information. You learn from multi-talented stars that have cracked their
professional rackets and wrestled them to the ground.
For eight days, every October, The Austin Film Festival features tens of
workshop, panels, pitch sessions, and round tables. Every nook and cranny of
the art, science, craft, and business of telling stories through television,
film, and digital media are included.
The AFF includes the necessary skills such as research and story editing, tips
on creating and funding your film without getting into debt, advice on working
with writing partners and how to move in a new direction after establishing
The festival covers many significant events and activities every year. No one
attends the AFF and comes back unchanged.
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