Friends of Austin Film Festival,
We at Austin Film Festival (AFF) would like to thank you for your continued commitment to the arts. It is with great pride that we reflect on our accomplishments and with genuine exhilaration that we consider the possibilities for the future – both of which we are privileged to share with you.
Our mission remains dedicated to celebrating great storytelling through film, television, and new media. By producing unique programming which addresses new developments in media and excellence in writing and filmmaking, we aim to provide the highest quality experience for our community and attendees.
In addition to the annual October Festival and Writers Conference, AFF hosts a series of year-round events including lectures, script readings, screenings and workshops, as well as presently producing On Story on PBS, On Story the podcast, and On Story the radio show, distributed by Public Radio International (PRI)
The show focuses on the inspiration and creative process of filmmaking and is currently airing on over 88% of the national television markets. Each episode features footage from past panels of screenwriters and filmmakers discussing their craft, coupled with a short film that has screened at the festival. Just some of the speakers featured in the show have included Shane Black, Buck Henry, Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Caroline Thompson, Phil Rosenthal, Callie Khouri, and Lawrence Kasdan.
Equally important is the work AFF accomplishes with our Young Filmmakers Program (YFP), which introduces the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking to young students. Offering year-round activities, YFP has helped students explore their creativity and has proved to strengthen literacy and communication skills through its curriculum. During the Festival, the program provides several hundred deserving high school students and teachers with free passes to attend. With the exception of the Summer Film Camp, the Young Filmmakers Program does not generate income and is made available to students at no cost.
To maintain the quality of programming and uphold the mission of our non-profit organization, Austin Film Festival relies on the generous support of those who share our passion. Today, we ask you to consider making a financial contribution to help further our commitment to storytelling through film. Donations are 100% tax deductible (send in by December 31st for a 2017 deduction), and can be submitted online here, or mailed-in to the address below. Checks can be made payable to Austin Film Festival. If you have any queries regarding our organization, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Executive Director, Austin Film Festival