as of 10/13/21
Our main goal is to make sure that all our attendees feel safe. To ensure this, we are keeping a watchful eye on recommended health guidelines along with those encouraged by our local community.
In accordance with recommended community guidelines and our partner venue policies, the following are now required to attend all Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference events:
EITHER proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours (2 days) of picking up Festival credentials (Badges, Film Passes, and Individual Tickets) for all registrants and guests 12 and older. The final vaccine dose must be dated at least 14 days prior to obtaining Festival credentials. Proof of vaccination or negative test results must match a government issued ID and be presented onsite at registration. Negative test result must be dated with your full name matching your ID. That means we cannot accept self-administered, at-home tests.
More information on fulfilling the above requirements will be provided closer to the Festival and Conference.
For those picking up credentials for an absent registrant, a photo ID and EITHER proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours (2 days) of pick-up OF THE ABSENT REGISTRANT must be presented to receive their credentials.
For those planning to get a test, we recommend getting tested prior to your arrival, but we will provide suggested testing facilities in Austin prior to the Festival start.
Please note that partner venues may require additional steps prior to admittance, and attendees at this year’s Festival and Conference should be prepared to adapt to each of our venue’s specific protocols, including but not limited to room capacity and mask policies. For example, without proof of vaccination The Paramount and Stateside Theaters will require a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours (2 days) of each screening. This will require multiple COVID-19 tests for unvaccinated patrons planning on seeing more than one screening throughout the Festival.
For the Paramount and Stateside Theaters, Badge and Film Pass holders who are not vaccinated will have to line up in a fourth line where they will be checked for a negative test. GA ticket holders will line up in the GA line where their COVID credentials will be checked. Please check the video below for our Film Admission Line Policy.
Masks are mandatory at all indoor Festival events when not eating or drinking. You can visit https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo for information on COVID testing sites around town.
For all Austin Film Festival official parties, masks will be required to enter the event. When eating or drinking, you may remove your mask. To help with social distancing, AFF will be limiting the capacity of each event which will vary depending on the venue. AFF prides itself on creating an atmosphere at these events of networking, socializing, and making connections with fellow registrants, filmmakers, panelists, and attendees, and these events provide an environment where drinking and eating are occurring during the whole duration of these parties. While all AFF Attendees will need to adhere to the overall festival COVID policies and procedures, AFF will do it’s best to maintain the mask policy at these events but it will be up to the individual attendee to take precautions and wear masks when not drinking or eating. Badge levels allowed at each event can be found here, and all AFF Parties require attendees to be 21 or older.
We are committed to keeping everyone attending AFF this year safe and informed. As we’ve seen, a lot can change in just a few short months; we will be adjusting according to the climate of the situation.
Festival and Conference Venues:
Saint David’s Episcopal Church
The Austin Club
Paramount and State Theaters
Rollins Theater presented by Whataburger