Festival Name: Austin Film Festival (AFF)
Location: Austin, TX, United States
The Austin Film Festival, is dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of screenwriting and filmmaking by providing unique year-round cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.
Founded in 1994, the Austin Film Festival (AFF) was the first organization of its kind to focus on the writers’ creative contribution to film. AFF originally consisted of the Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference, a forum for craft development, inspiration, networking and launching careers created for screenwriters - the film industry’s historically under-represented, as evidenced by the recent writers’ strike. It has since grown to serve all filmmakers and Austin’s arts community and now encompasses a wealth of year-round programming dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the art and impact of storytelling.
What AFF is probably best known for around the world is its annual October Austin Film Festival & Conference. The Film Festival & Conference was the first event of its kind to take the lead in bringing professional and amateur screenwriters (and now filmmakers) together to celebrate the role of the screenplay in filmmaking and discuss the considerable creative possibilities of writing for film and television. Equally important, the Conference brought producers, agents, and screenwriters together to foster the sale of screenplays and launch long-term successful careers. Hundreds of writers’ groups, services and festivals have followed the Conference’s model over the past ten years, reinforcing the value of its continuing mission to recognize the art of screenwriting.
AFF provides many local arts organizations and businesses with a creative platform to showcase their services through programming collaborations and social events, all of which serve to show off Austin and what the city has to offer.
All AFF events are open to the public and many are free of charge. Festival & Conference Badges are available at various levels and prices, and AFF offers significant group and member discounts to local non-profit arts organizations. Still, AFF is determined to not let finances preclude one's introduction to the arts and annually grants in several hundred local teachers and college and high school students to attend the Conference. As part of AFF’s Arts Education Outreach Program, the Conference Director produces a series of panels specifically for students and teachers to learn about creative writing and storytelling, career and film school opportunities.
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