AFF's On Story Project Gets Major Grant

NEA financial assist will keep unique project rolling

Austin Film Festival's On Story project is one of the most unique and vast archives of interviews with and by cinema's creative forces, from Oscar winners to first timers. Now the series is one of the beneficiaries of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

The multimedia project is one of 1,015 arts entities nationwide to receive a share of the $84 million made available by the NEA as part of its second round of funding for 2020. The grant, totaling $15,000, will go toward continuing its broad mission of providing access to its huge library.

Starting in 1994 with a conversation and workshop with screenwriter James V. Hart (Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Hot Zone), AFF has made use of the incredible opportunity of interviewing hundreds of industry experts, and made them available through its website, its PBS series, NPR radio show podcast, and several printed collections. The most recent season of the TV show, season 10, included conversations with Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Guinevere Taylor (Charlie Says), and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones).

AFF Executive Director Barbara Morgan said, “The content captured at the Festival directly reflects its reputation for being an intimate, instructive, and inspirational experience. We couldn’t be more thrilled for this incredible opportunity given by the NEA to help us provide these resources to the general public, free to anyone with an interest in storytelling through film, television, and new media.”

Lose yourself in the deep On Story archives here.

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