2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule

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Wednesday, October 22

7:00pm CDT

12th Annual Film & Food Party
Hosted By: Cary Fukunaga
Musical Performance by Elizabeth McQueen

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Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce the 12th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and 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 most notable chefs, brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. The silent auction presents the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences.

Proceeds benefit Austin Film Festival’s On Story® Project. The On Story® Project encompasses AFF’s PBS affiliated show On Story, the book series On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft; and the On Story Podcasts — all produced off various recordings captured from past Festivals & year-round events. The On Story archive is also made available to students through AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program, which introduces young people to the film industry and provides new mediums for them to express their creativity, improve their communication skills, and benefit the arts community as a whole. The On Story Project shares 20 years of wonderful experiences and knowledge from screenwriters such as Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and Vince Gilligan, just to name a few. You can view past episodes and podcasts at www.onstory.tv, subscribe to our podcasts via iTunes, or find more information and purchase On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft, here.

This party takes place at The Driskill Hotel located at 604 Brazos Street.  

Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos, Austin, TX 78701
Thursday, October 23

5:00pm CDT

Austin Film Commission Opening Night Reception
This year’s Opening Night Reception, hosted by Austin Film Commission, is on Thursday October 23rd. Featuring Stella Artois and Zodiac Vodka, and wine from Naked Grape Wine. The Opening Night party is the perfect place to reconnect with AFF friends, compare notes on which movies you can’t miss, and fall back into the Austin vibe. The Austin Film Commission, will host live music by a local Austin band representing Austin as the live music capital of the world.
Producers Badge Only and ACVB/Austin Film Commission Guest List for entry.
This party is at Trinity Hall located on 311 E. 5th Street. 

Thursday October 23, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Trinity Hall 401 E. 6th St, Austin TX, 78701

11:00pm CDT

WGA West Late Night Welcome Party
Hosted by: Scott Neustadter
The WGA West Late Night Welcome Party celebrates the first full day of panels and is a great end to the day’s packed film schedule. This party sets the tone for the rest of the week as panelists, filmmakers, screenwriters and attendees discuss what the rest of the festival has in store. Grab a Stella Artois or a glass of Naked Grape Wine and enjoy the first late night party – but pace yourself, you’ve got a lot more ahead!
Conference, Producers and Press Badge or WGA West Guest List Only for entry.
This party is at Crave located on 340 E. 2nd Street.  


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:00pm - Friday October 24, 2014 1:00am CDT
Crave 340 E 2nd Street, Austin
Friday, October 24

4:45pm CDT

Film TX BBQ Supper
Chat and chow down at one of the most highly anticipated events of the Festival each year. Find a sunny spot on the grassy hillside of the beautiful French Legation grounds and savor world-famous Salt Lick BBQ, washed down with a cold Stella Artois.
Pick up the shuttle outside the Driskill Bar on 7th Street starting at 4:30pm. Return shuttles will stop running at 7:30pm.
Producers Badge or TXAFC Guest List Only for entry.
This party is at the French Legation Museum located on 802 San Marcos Street. 

Friday October 24, 2014 4:45pm - 6:45pm CDT
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX 78702

11:00pm CDT

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by Spiderwood Studios
Hosted By: Jenny Lumet
The Filmmakers Happy Hour is another one of the Festival’s great late-night parties and provides filmmakers and registrants alike the opportunity to discuss another full day of panels and the Friday evening films. Swap your Saturday schedule while enjoying a Stella Artois on us!
Producers Badge Only for entry.
This party is at Ruth's Chris Steak House located on 107 W. 6th Street. 

Friday October 24, 2014 11:00pm - Saturday October 25, 2014 1:00am CDT
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 107 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX
Saturday, October 25

12:15pm CDT

Awards Luncheon Presented by Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
While attending the Festival, don’t miss the opportunity to attend AFF’s Awards Luncheon, where you can dine with panelists, awardees, and hear inspiring speeches from this year’s honorees and winners.
Only Conference and Producers Badge holders may purchase Awards Luncheon tickets. You may buy your ticket when you purchase your Badge, or call us at 1.800.310.FEST. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. AFF reserves the right not to seat late parties.
Don’t miss this year’s Awards Luncheon honoring:
This party will be at The Austin Club located on 110 E. 9th Street. 

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Saturday October 25, 2014 12:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Austin Club East 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

6:00pm CDT

Screenwriters Happy Hour Presented by Nickelodeon
Second Rounders, Semifinalists, Finalists and Screenplay Competition Judges for mixing and mingling. Competition advancers and judges make for an exciting atmosphere perfect for lively exchange. It is also a great chance to meet our Screenplay Director, Matt Dy, and put a face behind the emails and the success of the 2014 Competition. A great way to kick off the Saturday evening of parties and films, invitees leave feeling inspired and confident.
This party will be at Fado Irish Pub located on 214 W. 4th Street. 

Saturday October 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Fado Irish Pub 214 W. 4th Street

6:00pm CDT

Writers Guild Foundation Wine Reception
Join us for the post-game party, hosted by The Writers Guild Foundation and the virtuosic viticulturists at The Naked Grape. Discover how effortlessly cool your favorite writers- and the geniuses at the Writers Guild Foundation- can be after a few glasses of pinot noir.
Lone Star, Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party takes place at The Driskill Hotel located at 604 Brazos Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

8:00pm CDT

Pitch Finale Party
Back for its 11th year, this event allows the top pitch finalists ninety seconds to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The panel is made up of agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters who judge the contestants in a constructive and entertaining environment. The winner receives a prize package which includes a Producers Badge for the 2015 Festival and Conference.
Judges for the pitch finale are: Scott Z. Burns, Ashley Miller, and Scott Rosenberg.
Lone Star, Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party will be located at Speakeasy located on 412 Congress Avenue. 
*Due to unforseen circumstance, Marti Noxon cannot make it to the Festival & Conference 


Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Speakeasy 412 D Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

11:00pm CDT

Heart of Film Conference Party
Hosted By: Whit Stillman
Held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Heart of Film Conference Party overlooks the beautiful Austin Skyline. The bright lights of the downtown skyline create the perfect backdrop for panelists, award recipients, and filmmakers to celebrate the last night before the end of the first Conference Weekend. With many special guests heading home after the Sunday’s panels, the Heart of Film Conference Party provides one last chance to network and mingle with aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. Enjoy the view with a glass of Naked Grape Wine or Stella Artois.
Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party is at The Long Center for the Performing Arts located on 701 W. Riverside Drive. 

Saturday October 25, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday October 26, 2014 1:00am CDT
Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
Sunday, October 26

10:00am CDT

'Hair of the Dog' Brunch
Hosted By: Ed Solomon
Hungover? Yep, us too. Here’s an ice cold water and delicious tex mex brunch to reinvigorate your soul. Ranch 616 is cooking up some South Texas delights to soak up the night before and put a jaunt in your step. Join us for this not to be missed event to get your fuel for another day of panels and films!
Producers Badge for entry
This party is at Ranch 616 & Rattle Inn located on 616 Nueces Street & 610 Nueces Street. 

Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
Ranch 616 616 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701
Tuesday, October 28

10:00pm CDT

Film Pass Party
Take a break from the first 6 days of films and enjoy a complimentary Stella Artois! Compare film notes and reviews with other film fans and get ready for more! Two days left of films, you’re almost there!
Film Pass, Lone Star, Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party will be at Lucky Lounge located on 209 W. 5th Street. 


Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Lucky Lounge 209 W 5th Street
Thursday, October 30

10:00pm CDT

Closing Night Party
You made it! Here’s a glass of champagne. In fact, here’s two. We’ll have a cold drink waiting for you, or maybe you would prefer a cold glass of Stella Artois? Compare Festival favorites with that new film fan friend you met and spill your conference stories with that panelist at the bar, either way, you’re in for a great time at our last blowout bash! Reminisce on the 21st Anniversary of AFF and make plans to attend next year!
Producers Badge for entry.
This party is at Buffalo Billards located on 201 E. 6th Street. 

Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00pm - Friday October 31, 2014 1:00am CDT
Buffalo Billiards 201 E 6th Street, Austin, TX