The Austin Film Society (AFS) Film Club Winter Festival showcases films created by students enrolled in the AFS Film Club, an afterschool program in which creative media professionals teach and share their expertise to children in under-resourced Austin schools. The Winter Festival, to be held at the AFS Cinema, will feature approximately 22 student-created original film projects.
The festival will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the AFS Cinema, 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd #3100. This event is open to AFS Film Club students and their families
Since 2004, the Austin Film Society’s afterschool program has engaged hundreds of students at under-resourced elementary, middle, and high schools each year. This fall, programs took place at 11 schools in the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Known to students as the “AFS Film Club,” the free afterschool workshops are operated through AISD’s ACE Austin Program and in partnership with AFS’s Austin Public and the Andy Roddick Foundation. The AFS Film Club uses media literacy as a framework for students to analyze, explore, and create films.
Led by AFS film mentors, workshops take place one to three times per week at each school during the academic year and summer. In project-based environments, students learn how to craft a coherent vision through the art and technology of short film. The program trains students to use a wide range of digital filmmaking tools, including stop motion animation, scriptwriting, and editing, among others.
About the Austin Film Society
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international, and art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse media makers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media and film literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community.
To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: www.austinfilm.org and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Source: Austin Film Society
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