Film Festival Planning: Interest Meeting

May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd
TX 78704
Jacquie Benestante
Film Festival Planning: Interest Meeting @ The Highball | Austin | Texas | United States

Meet the Autism Society of Texas development team on Wednesday 5/17 from 6-7 pm at The Highball to hear about what’s involved in helping to plan our 2017 Autism Film Festival. (We’ll have some appetizers too!). We’ll explain all there is to know about the film festival & party so you’ll know what’s involved if you’re interested in being part of it. The Film Festival will be on a weekend the first or second week in November 2017, we are currently finalizing a venue.  If you decide to join the planning committee, volunteer tasks will take place this Summer and Fall.

If you want to help but can’t make it on Wednesday, please email Jacquie at

Areas of need: Marketing, film selection, graphics, communications, media & marketing outreach, silent auction item solicitation & coordination, volunteer coordination, sponsorship tracking, as well as errand running/picking things up/dropping things off, ordering supplies for the event, and more!  We will help you with all of these tasks and let you know what needs to be done & how to do it. If you have another area or idea you’d like to help with, please let us know, we are open to suggestions!

Coming to our meeting does not mean you have to commit to anything, we just wanted to let you know what’s going on so you can decide if you’d like to be involved! As many of you know, the Autism Society is the oldest grassroots volunteer run autism organization. It is only in recent years that it grew too big to be run entirely by volunteers, but it was built on many years of parents and community members helping & supporting other parents, kids and adults with autism.

The Autism Film Festival is our big fall fundraiser, and it allows us to fund much of our work in programming, recreation, advocacy, support, information & referrals, and education. Funds are used for things like stipends for parents to attend education events, fund staff to create & plan community inclusion and recreation activities, camps, opportunities for kids & adults on the spectrum, support our support group leaders, provide free information & referrals, & do advocacy work at the state & national levels!

When you volunteer, you are helping adults and children in our autism community!