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.
At what venues does the Film Festival 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 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, Central Presbyterian Church, and St. David’s Church in the heart of downtown Austin.
More info on travel and lodging here!
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.
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 28th, 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 2017 Awardees, Screenplay Competition winners, and Film Competition winners.
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.
Can I volunteer at the Festival?
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 people currently working in the entertainment industry. In fact, many attendees have sold their scripts and found new opportunities by attending the festival. To hear some of our success stories, visit the Success Stories page.
What is the difference between a Badge & 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
Can I buy tickets to just one movie?
Yes, individual movie tickets cost $12 per screening and are cash only. Movie tickets are $13 at the Paramount and State Theatres and can be purchased at the box office. However, we recommend buying a film pass ($65) that grants you access to over 180 films over the eight days of the Festival, with priority entry over individual ticket holders.
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 25th.
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.
What kind of transportation is available in Austin?
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 24th annual Austin Film Festival is October 26 – November 2, 2017. Join Us!
Do the Conference and Festival run at the same time?
Yes. The Conference Panels occur for the first four 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!
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 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.
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.
Can I attend the Film & Food Party before the Festival?
Of course! The Film & Food Party takes place the night before the Festival at the Driskill Hotel and raises money for our Young Filmmakers Program. Tickets can be purchased on the Film & Food Party page. Badgeholders receive a discount on the ticket price! If you’ve already purchased your badge, simply call the office to add on a Film & Food Party ticket at 512-478-4795!
What do the different Badges mean?
- The Producers Badge grants you access to everything, including panels, 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, the Heart of Film Conference Party and the On Story Party.
- The Weekend Badge grants you access to the Conference on Saturday and Sunday, all films and entry to the Pitch Finale Party, the Heart of Film Conference Party and the On Story 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.
Not sure which badge is right for you? Find out here!
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 September, 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 HERE, or order over the phone (1-800-310-FEST (3378).
What are the Registration Hours?
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday, October 27, 8:00am–11:00pm
Friday, October 28, 8:00am–11:00pm
Saturday, October 29, 8:00am–9:00pm
Sunday, October 30, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tech Center (location TBD):
Monday through Thursday, October 31– November 2, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Are there any refunds on Passes or Badges?
Refund requests for the Festival must be in writing, and sent by U.S first class mail, postmarked by July 7th, 2017. All refunds will incur a $75 processing fee. Please send refund requests to:
Austin Film Festival
1801 Salina Street
Austin, Texas 78702
After July 7th, 2017, 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. Refunds will be issued either via the original method of payment or other method approved by Austin Film Festival, if such original method is not available. Unused registrations cannot be credited for future year’s attendance. Find more information on our Refund & Policy Page.
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.
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 2017 Film Festival we will be offering special rates at the following hotels: The Driskill, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Holiday Inn, Hilton Austin Downtown, Downtown Mariott, Westin Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol. 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.