Local auteur Robert Rodriguez will host the 10th Annual Film & Food Party to kick off this year's Austin Film Festival. Rub shoulders with filmmakers and screenwriters here for the festival while noshing on signature dishes from top Austin restaurants, swilling cocktails from Twin Liquors, and bidding in both live and silent auctions, all to benefit the AFF Young Filmmakers Program. Reserve online or by phone. Wed., Oct. 17, 7pm (2012). $100; $90 in advance; $75 for members and badge holders.