AutFest Texas: Autism Film Festival & Casino Party
The Autism Society of Texas is excited to host our second annual Autism Film Festival, AutFest Texas, at Alamo Drafthouse with a Casino Party at The Highball on Sunday November 12, 2017. The films will run from 12:30- 10 pm, with the Highball party from 5-8 pm.
Why a film festival? Through film and video we can raise awareness in a broader community about life with autism. Through film we can show a range of ages and abilities, challenges and triumphs, (however big or small), that living with autism can bring. Viewers can also witness the dedication and support needed to give individuals with autism the greatest chance of reaching their full potential. Through film, we tell our story. All funds raised at the Autism Film Festival will stay here in Texas to support our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism through free programming, information & support, education, advocacy, recreation, and community inclusion events.
AutFest Ticket (Films & Party): This guarantees entrance to all films, as well as our party at The Highball. The AutFest ticket includes a drink ticket, appetizers & casino games at the Highball party, and popcorn at the movies. AutFest Ticket is $60 until September 30, 2017. (Tickets will be $75 beginning 10/1! Buy now to save $15 per ticket!)
Party Only Ticket: This ticket gets you into the party at the Highball which includes free casino games, drink ticket, appetizers, Paddles Up, and silent auction. Party Ticket is $40 until September 30, 2017. (Tickets will be $50 beginning on 10/1. Buy now to save $10 per ticket!)
Tickets on sale here. Buy your tickets early and save!
Submit a Short Film
Are you a filmmaker? Please consider submitting your short film to our Film Selection Committee! Filmmakers must be 16 years old & up, and short films cannot last longer than 10 minutes.
These are the questions we’ll be asking ourselves while reviewing your film:
Is there a strong narrative drive? Is there a clear beginning, middle, and end? Is it clear whose story is being told? Do they exhibit change? If a documentary, does the main subject’s portrayal feel honest? If a scripted narrative, does the main character’s performance feel well-informed?
Here are some additional questions we’ll be considering if the central message of your film is related to autism:
How does the story seem to serve those with autism? Do the characters portray people with autism in a positive light? How do these characters defy autism stereotypes? Is there a call-to-action element of the film designed to help people with autism?
During film selection, preference will be given to films about autism or films made by autistic filmmakers. All films must be submitted by midnight CST on Friday September 15, 2017.
Submit your film via a Youtube link here.
Sponsor the Film Festival
Do you own a business or work somewhere that would sponsor this event?
View sponsorship opportunities: 2017 AutFest Sponsorship Packet
Sponsor the film festival online here.
Please contact Suzanne at email@example.com if you have questions about sponsorship.
About AutFest Texas
Films will be about autism or made by autistic filmmakers. Theaters will have adjusted light & sound to accommodate the sensory needs of our guests. Audio description available. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other accommodation needs. Thank you!
12:30 pm: “Temple Grandin”, followed by panel discussion on women and autism
3:30 pm: “Swim Team”
5 pm: Party at The Highball
7:30 pm: Submitted short film selections. (Submission deadline 9/15/17).
8:30 pm: “Autism in Love”
9:45 pm: Closing Discussion
10:00 pm: Event ends
Interested in volunteering?
We are seeking people to assist us getting sponsorships, soliciting silent auction items & other tasks. We also need volunteers the day of the event.
Sign up here on our volunteer interest list.
Please us at email@example.com if you’d like more information about volunteering or the event itself. Thank you!
2016 Autism Film Festival