21 years of tradition.
Bringing writers, filmmakers, and the community together.

Mission Statement: Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film and television to tell a story.

Austin Film Festival provides many local arts organizations and businesses with a creative platform to showcase their services through programming collaborations and social events, all of which serve to show off Austin and what the city has to offer. Organizations AFF has partnered with include Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Film Commission, Texas Book Festival, LBJ Library, Bob Bullock Texas History Center, Emancipet, Austin Independent School District, Arthouse at Jones Center, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Cine Las Americas, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Writers’ League of Texas, University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film Department and Michener Center for Writers, and Dell Children’s Hospital.

All AFF events are open to the public, and many are free of charge. Festival & Conference Badges are available at various levels and prices, and AFF offers significant group and member discounts to local nonprofit arts organizations.  Still, AFF is determined to not let finances preclude one’s introduction to the arts and annually awards grants to several hundred local teachers and college and high school students so they can attend the Conference. As part of AFF’s Arts Education Outreach Program, the Conference Director produces a series of panels specifically for students and teachers to learn about creative writing and storytelling, career and film school opportunities.


Austin Film Festival strives to be accessible to all patrons of the arts. While all of our Conference and Festival venues are wheelchair accessible, it is important to request accessible seating for a particular screening at least one day before the screening. As there are a limited number of available seats, waiting until walk-up or the day of the screening does not guarantee an accessible seat will be available. These requests can be made by calling the Austin Film Festival at 800-310-FEST(3378).

Sign Language Interpreters

Sign Language Interpreters can be made available for the Conference. Interpreted panels are subject to the availability of an interpreter. Please call Austin Film Festival at 800-310-FEST(3378) to request.

Sign Language Interpreters are provided by LotuSIGN. LotuSIGN provides highly specialized American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services to a diverse body of music venues, theaters, performance groups and panels. They also provide coordination, advocacy, training workshops and consultant services to festivals, conferences, theaters and interpreters across the United States. Their vision is to ensure access for the deaf and hard of hearing community by providing the best possible visual representation of an artist’s work.