Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Scholarship Program grants access to over 400 scholarships for students and teachers in middle and high school. Participants are given the opportunity to attend the 28th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 21-October 28, 2021, to learn more about the art and business of filmmaking and screenwriting. Specifically designed student panels are held Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, and teacher panels are held Sunday, October 24.
Schools are eligible for up to 15 student scholarships and 2 teacher/chaperone scholarships. Scholarships are limited to one (1) Conference Badge per participant. This badge grants access to the following:
- All four days of conference panels
- All eights days of film screenings with priority entry
- Meet and Greets
- Exhibit Hall
*No one under 21 is admitted to any AFF party.
Please contact our Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator with questions –firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-310-FEST.
Young Filmmakers Program Pitch Session
(High school students only)
Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony
Co-sponsored by the Mobile Film School, the student pitch session gives high school students the opportunity to pitch their best story ideas to industry professionals in an encouraging setting where they receive constructive feedback. Watch the finalists battle it out and learn more about the art of the pitch.
1:45 – 3:00pm
Session 1 Judges: Cindy McCreery, Emma Coats, Ashley Miller
3:15 – 4:30pm
Session 2 Judges: Max Landis, Jenny Lumet, Pamela Ribon
Young Filmmakers Panel
Sit down with the creative minds behind SPY KIDS, Rugrats, OVER THE HEDGE and GROUNDHOG DAY for a discussion on the craft of filmmaking and screenwriting. Geared toward young filmmakers, this panel provides a great opportunity to learn from industry professionals as they discuss their careers in film and the creative process.
Elizabeth Avellán, Adam Beechen Michael Fry, Danny Rubin
Moderated by Cindy McCreery
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Roundtable: Young Filmmakers Program
(AEO high school students only)
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking. This session offers high school students exclusive access to industry professionals in an informal setting.
Dan Angel, Adam Beechen, Evan Daugherty, Pen Densham, Matthew Federman, Michael Fry, Casper Kelly, Rebecca Kirsch, Abby Kohn, Max Landis, Geoff LaTulippe, Stephen Scaia
Teaching Storytelling Through Screenwriting
(AEO teachers only)
Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor
A workshop on preparing teachers to teach storytelling and screenwriting in the high school classroom.
Session 1 – Dan Petrie, Jr.
Session 2 – James V. Hart
Session 3 – John Turman