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Digital Storytelling


Digital Storytelling (DS) is an AFF arts education program that improves students’ reading, writing, communication, media technology and idea-expression skills through hands-on screenwriting and filmmaking. Launched in 2005, DS has served over 1,500 AISD students. With a curriculum developed by Austin Film Festival and AISD English teachers, DS has been implemented in high schools where a disproportionate number of the student body are economically disadvantaged and considered at-risk.

Participating Schools:

For more information on how your school can participate or if you are interested in attending a Teacher Training Session, contact our Young Filmmakers director at or by phone at 512-478-4795.


“I am very grateful to be in this class because it has given me opportunities I never thought I could have at this age. My short script was selected as one of two to be made into a short film this year. I really couldn’t believe it!  I feel honored to have worked with professional filmmakers and directors. It’s been a wonderful experience and I plan to be in this program again next year. This experience will help me greatly in the future when I actually become a professional filmmaker.
– Cristina Gonzalez, Student Participant, AFF’s Digital Storytelling program, 2012 and 2013

Sample Curriculum:

Sample Digital Storytelling Curriculum

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Filmmaker Bios:

Miguel Alvarez:

Miguel Alvarez is an Austin-based filmmaker. He has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the TexasFilmmakers Production Fund for his previous films, TADPOLES, VETERANS, KID AND MNEMOSYNE RISING. He is currently writing his first feature, LA PERDIDA.

Elizabeth Mims:

Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts in 2010. Her 2012 feature ONLY THE YOUNG was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award, and the 2012 National Board of Review top five documentaries of the year.

Brian Ramos:

Brian Ramos is a musician, producer and sound designer in Austin whose works include records with Michael Ramos of Charanga Cakewalk and Grammy winning Grupo Fantasma. He has also composed the film scores for much of the work of Directors Guild of America award winner, Miguel Alvarez, namely the shorts KID, which he co-created, and the Sci Fi thriller MNEMNOSYNE RISING. He has been featured in an episode of the HBO series Habla in which he also worked as composer. Brian Ramos is the director of BeatLab, an education program he developed to teach under-served youth in Austin schools how to create and produce music of all kinds using computers. BeatLab has been in existence for nearly ten years and works in several schools in Austin and surrounding areas. Brian Ramos is the producer and host of Austin Film Festival’s On Story Podcast, which takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers.

Roy Rutngamlug: 

Roy Rutngamlug is a filmmaker based in Austin and has just received his MFA in filmmaking from the University of Texas.  His work has showcased internationally and domestically at festivals such as SXSW and the Monterrey International Film Festival.  Current projects include FORMOSA, TX, a short film slated for the 2013 festival season, editing for Austin Film Festival’s On Story series, and several collaborations with local Austin filmmakers.


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