Fall is always a wonderful time for film fans in Austin, with film festivals almost every weekend covering a range of genres and distinct visions. From sci-fi at Other Worlds Austin, to Black cinema at the Capital City Black Film Festival, screenwriter-centric Austin Film Festival and many more.
Here’s our rundown of Fall and Winter film festivals, so you can plan your viewing schedule over the next four months in Austin. Plus, many of the festivals include both an in-person and virtual component, so attendees can take part in amazing conference panels and screenings from the comfort of home or in the cinema with their closest friends.
Austin Film Festival. Credit Jack Plunkett.
9/23/21 - 9/30/21
Fantastic Fest is the Alamo Drafthouse's annual genre festival featuring horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian and cult films from around the world. The world-renowned festival hosts many writers, directors and actors, both well-established and up-and-coming. A notable feature of this festival is the inclusion of secret screenings, themed parties, outings and film-themed feasts.
9/25/21 - 9/26/21
Austin Action Fest
If you are an adrenaline-seeker, the Austin Action Fest is for you. The international festival is dedicated to films that include and or are strongly driven by the action, effects and stunt sequences of all kinds.
10/15/21 - 10/16/21
Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities hosts the annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition which shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability.
10/21/21 - 10/28/21
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival features top-billed films and indies alike. For the past 27 years, the conference has focused on the craft of filmmaking with a who’s who of Hollywood talent speaking on panels. The festival was the first to put the focus on the original creators - the screenwriter. Award recipients in attendance this year include Michael Schur (The Good Place) and Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow).
11/1/21 - 11/14/21
Austin Jewish Film Festival
The Austin Jewish Film Festival presents the best Jewish films from the U.S. and around the world, to entertain and educate cinephiles. The festival also provides complementary programs throughout the year to enhance the cinematic and cultural experience.
Courtesy of Capital City Black Film Festival.
Austin Under The Stars Film Festival
Austin's first outdoor film festival, Austin Under the Stars Film Festival mixes films, live music and socializing at Lone Star Court - a retro-inspired boutique hotel at the Domain.
11/26/21 - 11/28/21
Animalis Fabula Film Festival
Austin’s newest film festival showcases animal-centric stories by filmmakers of every skill level. Taking place over Thanksgiving weekend at Mueller, AniFab is the place for family friendly screenings for the holiday. Animalis Fabula is produced by World Animal Awareness Society, an Austin-based, award-winning nonprofit who engage and celebrate human animal interaction.
12/2/21 - 12/5/21
Other Worlds Austin
Indie at its heart, Other Worlds is the premier SciFi film festival in North America with the best films of the genre in all shapes and sizes like horror, drama and comedy. The festival is firmly committed to championing filmmakers bringing the best films to the Geek Capital of the World.
12/3/21 - 12/5/21
Capital City Black Film Festival
Celebrating black filmmakers from across the nation, the Capital City Black Film Festival provides a stage for burgeoning talent in the heart of Austin. With over 80 films, the festival elevates the stories centered on the beautifully complex lives of Black people with a focus on love, perseverance and joy.
12/7/21 - 12/11/21
Austin Music Video Festival
The Austin Music Video Festival is dedicated to the art of the music video, celebrating Austin's long standing music video heritage with music video screenings, awards, parties, panels, workshops and live performances from creators here in Austin and from around the world.