Best Austin Film Festivals


Austin Festivals

Do you love comedy, drama, or horror films? Austin has numerous fun film festivals for all three! With so much to do, it can be overwhelming sorting through the best things to do in town. Luckily, Realty Austin, is your top source for Austin activities and real estate, has the scoop on Austin’s top film festivals.

Austin Film Festival
Founded almost twenty years ago, the Austin Film Festival was the first event of its kind to bring together professional and amateur screenwriters to celebrate all things television and film.  Every October, the Austin Film Festival and Conference brings producers, agents and screenwriters together to showcase the best film talent in the nation. Past participants include Ron Howard, Sandra Bullock, Owen Wilson and America Ferrera.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the biggest music and film events in the country. For 10 days each March, Austin transforms into a playground for all things music, film, and interactive. During this citywide event, hundreds of filmmakers are able to showcase their work to audiences who come from all around the globe to experience it all. For full access, you’ll want to purchase a platinum badge or wristband, but you may not even need it with the hundreds of free shows & events that take place all over town during SXSW.

Fantastic Fest
Experience the world of sci-fi, horror and gore at Alamo Drafthouse's annual film festival. Fantastic Fest is the largest film festival in the U.S. that specializes in the genres of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action. The festival has premiered major horror flicks like Zombieland, There Will Be Blood, and Apacolypto. Celebrity guests in the past have included Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and Jon Favreau.

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