The Austin Film Festival Calendar

Plan out your 2018 Fest schedule

Film festival season is almost on us, and in Austin that means a jam-packed schedule for all tastes and genres. With some festivals still to confirm dates (including the Austin Asian-American Film Festival) and several new and revived events, the 2018 calendar is already filling up fast.


10: Transform Film Fest Austin School of Film and the Women's Community Center of Central Texas present a night dedicated to women filmmakers.


9-17: SXSW Austin's A-list festival, with screenings and filmmaker conversations, and mentor sessions.

11: Films for the Forest Eco nonprofit the Rainforest Partnership's one-day festival within SXSW.


19-22: Indie Meme Film Festival Highlighting new voices from South Asia.

26-29: Hill Country Film Festival The area's most scenic festival, screening indie films at the Fritztown Cinema in Fredericksburg.


2-6: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival Celebrating 21 years of cinema from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, as well as indigenous nations of the Americas.

19: Austin Youth Film Festival Focusing on short films by Central Texas middle- and high-schoolers.


1-3: The 48 Hour Film Project The Austin iteration of the two-day filmmaking challenge.

7-10: ATX Television Festival The small screen takes over with this celebration of all things episodic.


20-22: Contrast Film Festival New celebration of boundary-pushing cinema, with an emphasis on female and queer creators.


30-Sept. 2: Capital City Black Film Festival After a year off, Austin once again has a dedicated platform for African-American filmmakers.


6-9: All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival Celebrating LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world.

18-22: Austin Revolution Film Festival Home to Austin's off-the-grid indie filmmakers.

20-27: Fantastic Fest After a controversial year, the celebration of global genre cinema is back.


19-20: Cinema Touching Disability Reframing what it means to live with a physical or mental issue.

25-Nov. 1: Austin Film Festival Celebrating the art of the screenwriter.


4-10: Austin Jewish Film Festival Specializing in films that examine the Jewish experience, in Israel and beyond.

8-11: Austin Polish Film Festival Celebrating the work of Polish filmmakers and the extraordinary creativity of Polish film poster artists, as well as an International Shorts Competition.


6-9: Other Worlds Austin The area's only dedicated science-fiction festival, with premieres and retrospectives.

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