FOUR DAYS OF PANELS, WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING,
AND A SHARED PASSION FOR STORYTELLING
Entering its 24th year, Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has become the preeminent gathering of those who use the language of film and television to tell a story.
Practically every first-time AFF participant has walked away saying: That’s unlike anything I’ve experienced.
From the beginning, AFF has been committed to championing the work of the writer and now, over two decades later, the Conference is unwavering in its support of those who type the immortal words: Fade In. Featuring working industry professionals, AFF boasts a roster of everyone from writers, directors, and showrunners, to agents, managers, executives, and producers.
And the best part? They come to AFF for you.
For four days each October, the Screenwriters Conference features over 175 panels, workshops, roundtables, and pitch sessions covering every nook and cranny of the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.
The Conference covers basics like:
- researching and editing your story
- creating and funding your film while somehow paying the rent
- working with a writing partner
- facing a blank page on a bad day
- or risking a new direction after established success.
DON’T FORGET TO SECURE YOUR BADGE OR FILM PASS
BEFORE PRICES GO UP ON
A WRITER AND PRODUCER WALK INTO A BAR…
If the panels are the substance of the Conference and the films are the showcase of the Festival, the kaleidoscope of parties are AFF’s great escape. Fifteen hundred miles away from the toil of Tinsel Town, the parties are a kinetic experience where A-Listers and amateurs mix and mingle over endless plates of barbecue and late-night night caps. Offering absolutely all-inclusive experiences, and unparalleled networking opportunities, these events begin around sundown and bleed into unforgettable nights. From the Opening Reception to the annual Film Texas BBQ Supper to the bevy of closing soirees, Austin Film Festival delivers entertainment to be seen, and more importantly, to be lived.
A Letter From…
“…Austin Film Festival is the best, hands down. I’m honored to have shown films here, I’m honored to have spoken on its panels, and I’m honored to have let it put me up in the city’s finest hotels. The movie business is a collaboration, whether the auteurs among us want to admit it or not. And AFF realizes that. Which is why they bring us all together every year. To learn, to share, and to hopefully enjoy each other’s company…”
– Paul Feig
Click below to peruse other letters from past AFF panelists and alum!
Austin Film Festival is a diverse collection of talent, background, expertise, and knowledge. Offering access and insight through panels, pitches, workshops, and roundtables, AFF is the one stop shop for storytellers. And because the full experience is so interactive, panelists are not just names on a list, but artists you get to know over the course of the week. This is a festival and conference designed for contact, for catalyzing ideas, and collaboration.
Hosting over 150 speakers, these working professionals range from writers, directors, and showrunners to producers, executives, agents, and managers.
Travel & Lodging
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