WEDNESDAY, OCT 17 AT THE DRISKILL HOTEL
AUSTIN, TX (September 5, 2012) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today that writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez will serve as honorary chair for the 10th anniversary celebration of their annual Film & Food Party, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. Film & Food will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX and kicks off the 19th Annual Festival & Conference.
AFF’s Film & Food Party is an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and a renowned culinary hotspot. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, this evening of specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative cuisine, presented by some of Austin’s hottest restaurants, brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. Live and silent auctions present the very best in luxury items, trips and experiences. It’s also a great time to rub elbows with some of the top filmmakers and screenwriters in town for the Festival. The event will be a gathering of creative minds, with industry icons joined by the culinary talents behind Foreign & Domestic, Olive & June, Swift’s Attic, Haddington’s, TRACE, Trento, and many more.
Proceeds from the event benefit AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. The Young Filmmakers Program was founded to encourage students, ages 9 – 18, to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking. Programs are offered free through AISD schools and partner organizations and grant more than 300 students and teachers scholarships to the annual Austin Film Festival & Conference.
In addition to attending Austin Film Festival for years, Rodriguez has a long history of supporting young filmmakers and the arts in Austin. A Texas native, Rodriguez grew up in San Antonio, later attending the University of Texas. Over the course of his dynamic career, he has produced over 16 films, including iconic titles such as DESPERADO, FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, MACHETE, SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE, and the popular SPY KIDS franchise. Rodriguez continues to produce his films outside of the Hollywood system setting production in Austin at Troublemaker Studios.
10TH ANNUAL FILM & FOOD PARTY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
7PM – 10PM
DRISKILL HOTEL / AUSTIN, TX
Tickets are $90 in advance/$100 at the door
$75 tickets available for AFF Members and Badge Holders
Call 512.478.4795 or visit austinfilmfestival.com for tickets
Benefitting Young Filmmakers Program
All chairs are confirmed based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.
Sponsors of the Film & Food Party include Whole Foods Market, KVUE, Twin Liquors, Stella Artois, and Shweiki Media Printing.
More information on the 19th annual Austin Film Festival is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter