Festival & Conference FAQs
What is the 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.
Is the Festival going to be live in Austin or virtual?
Virtual! For the first time ever, we’re taking things digitally for the 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. It’s 5 days of panels and intimate roundtables with the world’s biggest names in film + 8 days of film premieres, screenings, and Q&As! A Virtual Badge will give you access to 30+ virtual panels, 30+ virtual feature films, and 10 virtual shorts programs (featuring 80+ short films).
What is included in the virtual event for the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference?
30+ virtual panels, 30+ virtual feature films, and 10 virtual shorts programs (featuring 80+ short films) – more event details and programming coming soon!
Get in on all the action with our Virtual Badge!
Can I watch a live-stream after it's over?
Virtual panels will be available to stream until Tuesday, October 27. Virtual films will be available to stream until Thursday, October 29.
Access it all with our Virtual Badge – buy yours today!
What happens at the Conference?
The Conference provides over 175 inspiring and interactive panels, roundtables and meet & 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.
At what times do the films screen?
Opening night typically starts at 7 pm on Thursday. Films are screened all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Afternoon matinees and evening shows are offered Monday thru Thursday. The full film schedule will be released closer to the Festival.
Can I volunteer at the Festival?
What is the difference between a Badge & a Film Pass?
Can I buy tickets to just one movie?
Yes, individual movie tickets will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for more details.
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.
When is the Festival?
The 27th annual Austin Film Festival is October 22 – 29, 2020. We’re taking the event virtual for the first time ever. Join Us!
Has the Festival lineup been released?
Do the Conference and Festival run at the same time?
Yes. The Conference Panels occur for the first five days of the Festival with Films screening through all eight days. Panels usually end around 5pm and films run throughout the evening. Stay tuned for more details!
Can I view the virtual event from anywhere?
With few exceptions, our virtual programs can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Certain film titles may be subject to geo-blocking restrictions at distributors discretion.
How many films will be shown?
The festival will show over 180 films during the 8 day event.
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. In addition to these categories, AFF now offers a Scripted Digital Series competition for serialized content on online platforms.
AFF also presents out-of-competition Marquee Screenings, giving audiences their first opportunity to see films that will grab the spotlight during Oscar® season.
How long are the Passes, Badges, and Tickets on sale?
Are there any refunds on Passes or Badges?
Refunds – Virtual Badges & Passes
Virtual Badges and Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason. AFF reserves the right to remove access to the viewing platform at any time for those not adhering to our code of conduct policies during the virtual event.
Film Passes are non-refundable for any reason.
Find more information on our Refund & Policy Page.
How do I receive my Film Pass/Badge?
This year, AFF will not mail out Film Pass/Badges. Instead, you will receive a confirmation email once you’ve purchased. Additional information will be sent via email.
Are there any discounts on badges?
Badge discounts are available to select levels of Austin Film Festival membership. For more information on membership, visit the Membership page.
This year, AFF will still offer special bulk pricing for groups of ten or more. To purchase Virtual Badges in bulk, please contact the AFF offices at 1-800-310-FEST(3378).
|Virtual Badge (reg $175):||$150|
If there are 10 or more registrants from one Writers Group, the group organizer will receive a complimentary Virtual Badge. If you have already purchased a Badge with us before your group has registered, you will not be refunded for the complimentary Badge you receive. Complimentary Badges cannot be redeemed until everyone in your party has registered and all badges have been paid for.
Group discounts are not valid with any other discount or promotional price offered by the Austin Film Festival.