4 days of panels and workshops.
8 nights of films and parties.


What is Austin Film Festival?

Austin Film Festival is dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking by providing unique, year-round cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. Austin Film Festival is a not for profit 501c3 corporation. Click here to learn more.

When is the festival?

The 23rd annual Austin Film Festival is October 13 – October 20, 2015.

At what venues will the Film Festival and Conference take place?

The Film Festival shows movies at theaters throughout downtown Austin and the surrounding area. Venues include the Paramount Theatre, State Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Village, Long Center Rollins Theatre, Hideout Theater, The Galaxy Theatre and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. (Venues are subject to change each year). The Conference panels take place at the Driskill Hotel, Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, and St. David’s Church in the heart of downtown Austin.

Do the Conference and the Festival run at the same time?

Yes. The Conference Panels occur for the first four days of the Festival with Films screening through all 8 days. Panels usually end around 5pm and films run throughout the evening. Stay tuned for more details!

What happens at the Conference?

The Conference provides over 175 inspiring and interactive panels, roundtables and meet and greets with established screenwriters and filmmakers. The Conference conducts workshops on the core elements of screenwriting and filmmaking, including dialogue, story structure and character development. Some popular panels focus on writing scripts that producers want to develop, overcoming writers block, producing your film on an indie budget, marketing your project and more.

Where can I see a list of Panelists who plan to attend?

Panelists photos and bios can be found on the Panelist page. All Panelists are confirmed, schedules permitting, and may be subject to change without notice.

How do I buy a ticket to the AFF Awards Luncheon?

The AFF Awards Luncheon presented by Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation will be held on Saturday October 15th, and you can buy tickets by calling 1-800-310-FEST or purchase online with your Badge. Tickets are $60 and only Conference and Producer badge-holders may purchase a ticket. The Awards Luncheon honors the 2016 Awardees, Screenplay Competition winners, and Film Competition winners.

How many films will be shown?

The festival will show over 180 films during the 8 day event.

At what times do the films screen?

Opening night starts at 7 pm. Films are screened all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Afternoon matinees and evening shows are offered Monday thru Thursday. Full film schedule will be released closer to the Festival.

What kinds of films does AFF screen?

Each year, Austin Film Festival holds film competitions in 8 categories, including: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Comedy Vanguard, Dark Matters, and Animated Short.

AFF also presents out-of-competition Marquee Screenings, giving audiences their first opportunity to see films that will grab the spotlight during Oscar© season.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

Yes! You can get involved by helping us prepare for the festival or by working at the actual event. Please feel free to give us a call at 512-478-4795 or email at volunteer@austinfilmfestival.com for more information. More details can be found at the Volunteer Information page.

Do I need a certain badge to attend the parties?

Yes. To see what badges get you into what parties, please see the grid on the Badge Page.

Are there opportunities to network?

Yes, lots! There are meet and greets with many writers and producers as well as parties where you can meet lots of industry people. In fact, many people have gotten their scripts sold and found new opportunities by attending the festival. To hear some of our success stories, visit the Success Stories page.

Does my badge get me into the Film & Food Party the night before the Festival?

No. The Film & Food party is a separate charity event that raises money for our Young Filmmakers Program the night before the festival at the Driskill Hotel. Badge-holders do receive a discount on the ticket price. For more information, visit the Film & Food information page.

What is the difference between a Badge and a Film Pass?

Badges give you priority access to all Festival films plus access to panels at the Conference as well as the parties and meet & greets offered by the Festival. Click here to purchase a Badge.
A Film Pass allows you the opportunity to see over 180 films in 8 days and grants you priority in line over single pass tickets giving you more time to get seats, popcorn, and drinks. Click here to purchase a Film Pass

What do the different Badges mean?
  • The Producers Badge grants you access to everything, including panels, front-of-line entry to all Film Festival films and to all parties.
  • The Conference Badge grants you access to the four days of panels at the conference, unlimited access to the film screenings throughout the festival and entry to some of the parties, including the Late Night Welcome Party, the Pitch Finale Party and the Heart of Film Conference Party.
  • The Weekend Badge grants you access to the Conference on Saturday and Sunday, all films and entry to the Pitch Finale Party and the Heart of Film Conference Party.
  • The Lone Star Badge grants you access to Saturday panels and entry to all of the films and the Pitch Party. To purchase a badge, visit the Badges and Passes information page.

For more information, visit the Badge Page

Can I buy tickets to just one movie?

Yes, individual movie tickets cost $12 per screening ($12 at the Paramount, $12 at the State Theatre). However, we recommend buying a film pass ($65) that grants you access to over 180 films over the 8 days of the Festival, with priority entry over individual ticket holders.

How long are the passes, badges and tickets on sale?

The Producers, Conference, Weekend, and Lone Star Badges as well as Film Passes are on sale at a discounted price until midnight on September 24th, then go to full price up to the Festival. Individual tickets go on sale the day of the screening, 20 minutes prior to showtime at the designated theater if seating is still available. For more information and pricing visit The Shop Page, or order over the phone (1-800-310-FEST (3378)).

How do I receive my Film Pass/Badge?

If you buy your Badge or Pass online or over the  phone prior to the event, it will be available for pickup at Festival Registration located in the Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos) starting on Wednesday afternoon, October 12th.

What are the Registration Hours?

Driskill Hotel:

Wednesday, October 12, 12:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday, October 13, 8:00am–11:00pm
Friday, October 14, 8:00am–11:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 8:00am–9:00pm
Sunday, October 16, 10:00am–5:00pm

Tech Center (location TBD):
Monday through Thursday, October 17–20, 12:00pm–5:00pm

Are there any discounts?

Discounts are available to Austin Film Festival members – depending on the level of membership. For more information on membership, visit the Membership page.

Are there any refunds on Passes or Badges?

Refund requests for the Festival must be in writing, postmarked by July 8th, 2015, and all refunds will incur a $75 processing fee. Please send refund requests to:

Austin Film Festival
1801 Salina Street
Austin, Texas 78702
After July 8th, 2015, all payments are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel related problems.
 Badges are non-transferable and are the property of Austin Film Festival, Inc. Unused registrations cannot be credited for future year’s attendance. Find more information on our Refund & Policy Page.

What kind of transportation is available in Austin?

The Capital Metro Bus System, taxis and walking are options for transportation downtown.  Bus day passes are $2.00 and are good for 24 hours; a one-way fare is $1.00.  Plus, the downtown area is very accessible for walking.

For the complete Capital Metro Bus schedule, visit their website.

Where can I park downtown?

We do not offer a specific area to park; however, there are several options to park downtown. There are parking garages and meters. Parking garages are available all around the downtown area and are only a few dollars to park there. Metered Parking hours are as follows: Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Thursday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-Midnight, Saturdays: 11:00 a.m.-Midnight. The hours listed will apply to all meters between Cesar Chavez and 10th Street, and between IH-35 and Lamar Blvd. Outside of that area, meters will begin operating from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Unless otherwise marked, metered on-street parking has a three-hour time limit.

What is the weather like in Austin?

It’s a common saying here: if you don’t like Texas weather, just wait five minutes. While Austin weather is not so dramatic, it can change from hot to chilly very quickly. In general, Austin sees highs of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in October.

Where can I stay?

While there are many great options for places to stay in Austin, Austin Film Festival has several special rates for those attending the festival. For the 2016 Film Festival we will be offering special rates at the following hotels: The Driskill, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Mariott and Radisson Hotel. To get the special rate, the room must be booked through Austin Film Festival. Please call 1-800-310-FEST(3378) to book today! For more information, please visit us the Travel & Lodging page.