Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Insider's Guide to SXSW Film Festival 2018

Every year during spring break, crowds descend on the city to attend the world-renowned SXSW Conference & Festivals. Consisting of three main components, Interactive, Music and Film, each track brings top creatives and global professionals together to collaborate during this exciting 10-day…

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Austin Film Year in Review

To say 2014 was a phenomenal year for Austin film is an understatement. The Austin Film Commission launched our NEW Production Directory, Austin Studios' renovation and expansion started, the City of…

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Interview: John Smith, Alamo Drafthouse

It's back! South Lamar Alamo Drafthouseand Highball re-opened under one roof in August after an 18-month renovation, and it's definitely worth a look. Creative Manager John Smith took some time to tell us about what's new at the venue, what makes Alamo a great Austin attraction and some of his…

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Filmed over 12 years (with only 36 actual shooting days), Boyhood is Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's intimate epic about adolescence. The film, which Linklater began production in Austin in 2002, debuted to a standing ovation at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Boyhood, filmed in Austin…

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Violet Crown Cinema

Austin is famously known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but many visitors are also learning about our vibrant film scene. In addition to festivals such as the Austin Film Festival and South…

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SXSW Austin Films in 2014

Like Sundance, this year's SXSW Film lineup is stacked with Austin made films. It has nothing to do with playing favorites, it is the fact that Austin is a hub for independent cinema; at this point it…

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