Austin Film Festival is excited to announce a new partnership with Ghost Ranch. This August 11 – 15, 2021, join our organizations for a weekend retreat in Abiquiu, New Mexico, as we explore storytelling as art that transcends time and stretches across multiple mediums. Through a series of panels and workshops, you will discover how your surroundings can influence your stories and how your personal experiences bring them to life.
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT
Abiquiu is nestled in the auburn canyons and cliffs of the Colorado Plateau an hour outside of Santa Fe — New Mexico’s flourishing filmmaking hub. The Land of Enchantment has always had a magnetic pull on artists, and this small town is no exception. The ranch has served as an inspiration to countless creatives. Most notable is artist Georgia O’Keeffe who lived and worked on the property during her later years. From the Kitchen Mesa hiking trail to the Pedernal, a flat-topped mountain to the south, O’Keeffe’s favorite subjects still surround the property. The ranch’s beauty has been featured in more than just O’Keeffe’s landscapes; it has served as the backdrop for numerous films, such as City Slickers, Silverado, and No Country for Old Men.
It’s truly an artists’ haven.
LEARN AND CONNECT WITH OTHER WRITERS
Over your stay at Ghost Ranch, you will be attending multiple daily workshops led by working screenwriters and filmmakers curated by Austin Film Festival. Whether you’re a screenwriter, playwright, or podcast scriptwriter, this incredibly intimate and hands-on retreat is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive feedback from industry professionals and your peers alike in a setting like no other. Outside of Austin Film Festival workshops, you’ll have downtime to explore Ghost Ranch’s beauty and write amongst the “Cliffs of Shining Stone”.
Leave New Mexico with a better understanding of your newest project and learn how the landscape transformed the work of countless others. Join us to see how this magical place can inspire your writing and filmmaking.
COURSE FEE - $400*
Purchase your ticket below to reserve your spot. Our ticket price of $400 covers the entire course fee, which includes 3 full days of small-group workshops with professional screenwriters, opportunities for work-in-progress readings, and personal feedback. This is a truly unique experience with very limited spots to ensure an enriching, individualized experience for participants. In order to ensure your spot with us at Ghost Ranch, please purchase your ticket as soon as possible. Additionally, Ghost Ranch is offering our workshop participants special rates on lodging and food, which will be available for purchase through their website soon.
* $400 tuition fee, (additional costs for lodging and meals)
LODGING & FOOD PACKAGES - Coming Soon!
If you plan to travel with someone who is not interested in our writers’ program, but would still like to visit Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch will be offering additional courses that will be running simultaneously with ours; additional courses will be posted on Ghost Ranch’s website, on or before April 1st. Special rates on lodging and food for these mixed groups will also be available for purchase soon.
REFUND POLICY (Please Read Before Purchase)
Course Fee Refund Policy:
Refund requests for Setting the Scenery: AFF’s New Mexico Writers Retreat must be in writing and sent by U.S. first class mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, postmarked by June 1, 2021, and all refunds will incur a $75 processing fee. After June 1, 2021, all payments are non-refundable for any reason, including but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel-related problems. All add-on purchases are nonrefundable.
In the event that Austin Film Festival has to cancel the physical event, registrants will have the following options:
- A full refund of your Setting the Scenery course fee
- Support our organization as we continue to support the writing community! Austin Film Festival is a year-round 501(c)(3)non-profit organization. In the event that we are not able to host a physical event, we hope you consider contributing the price of your course fee to our organization.
Course fees 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 events.
Purchases may be revoked at any time for any reason without liability to Austin Film Festival. You hereby release and hold harmless Austin Film Festival, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, successors, assigns, and licensees, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from any claims resulting in attendance of an Austin Film Festival, Inc. event.
Special events may require purchase of a separate ticket for entry. If you have any questions about the Festival, your membership, badge, or film pass purchase, please contact email@example.com or call 1-800-FEST (3378).
Food & Lodging Refund Policy – Handled through Ghost Ranch
Participants in Setting the Scenery: AFF’s New Mexico Writers Retreat will need to purchase a lodging and meal package separately through Ghost Ranch.
Ghost Ranch will require a $50 (non-refundable) deposit which will be applied to the total charge of the lodging and meal package. Full payment will be due to Ghost Ranch 45 days prior to the start date of the event.
Refund requests must be submitted directly to Ghost Ranch 45 days prior to the event start date, and all refunds will incur a $50 non-refundable fee. Refund requests within 45 days of the event start date will incur 50% of total food and lodging costs.
Full refunds, including the $50 deposit, will be issued if the physical event is canceled.
Lodging and meal packages are handled solely through Ghost Ranch. Austin Film Festival is not to be held responsible for lodging and meal costs or lodging and meal refund requests.