LEARN Program

Thanks to the Ed Lowry Student Film Program, AFS offers complimentary admission to the LEARN program, exclusively for full time high school and college students, as well as part time college students enrolled in film programs. Every AFS Signature Program will have 20 complimentary tickets offered exclusively to AFS LEARN program participants. Participants can request one complimentary ticket to each eligible screening. Please note: LEARN tickets cannot be used for New Release films. Read more about eligibility below. If you’re eligible for this program, apply here.

Students in the five-county area (Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson counties) qualify for the program by being A) a full time high school student, or B) a full time student in any program or a part time student enrolled in a film program at one of the following institutions:

You can renew or activate the 2019-20 school year LEARN program participation by filling out this form. You will need to have your certificate of enrollment when applying which you can obtain from your school’s Registrar or online for $2.50 from the National Student Clearinghouse, you can order a current enrollment here . *Please note National Student Clearinghouse does not update until after your school’s add/drop date. 

We process applications on a rolling basis and there is no deadline to submit your application. However, you won’t be eligible for a free ticket at the cinema until we have confirmed your LEARN program acceptance.  We will not refund tickets purchased prior to being accepted into the program. LEARN participants registration forms are only accepted online and not accepted at the cinema. The LEARN program participants must be confirmed by our Filmmaker & Community Media Resources Department via email before you attend your first screening free of charge. Your Certificate of Enrollment Verification can be obtained for free from your school’s registrar’s office or paid for online through the National Student Clearinghouse. *Please note National Student Clearinghouse does not update until after your school’s add/drop date. 

The 2018-19 school year LEARN program will expire on August 31, 2019. Beginning on September 1, 2019, students must have a FY20 LEARN program registration in order to redeem a complimentary ticket. Students must be enrolled in the LEARN program in order to attend any AFS Signature Program free of charge. LEARN program participants are not eligible for other AFS member benefits or discounts.

This program was made possible by Michael Barker, founder and co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, and is in the spirit of continuing the work of the late Ed Lowry who, through UT’s affordable and accessible Cinematexas program, turned many young film lovers into true cinephiles. AFS seeks to continue this great Austin tradition by removing cost as a barrier for students seeking to expand their film education in a theatrical environment.

Do I need an AFS membership to become a LEARN participant?

Nope! All you need to do is fill out this form and provide current proof of enrollment. It’s that easy!

OK! I am a student and want to become a LEARN participant. What do I do?

Fill out this form. Submit current proof of enrollment to be accepted. Please note that due to limited student tickets, we will impose a penalty for no shows if you sign up in advance and don’t redeem your ticket at the theater. More details on that below.

I am a student but don’t have proof of enrollment. What are my options?

All students should be able to obtain proof of enrollment from their school’s registrar office or purchase online through the National Student Clearinghouse. Please contact your school’s registrar office for more information or visit the National Student Clearinghouse website here. *Please note National Student Clearinghouse does not update until after your school’s add/drop date. 

I am a High School student but don’t have proof of enrollment. What are my options? 

All high school students should be able to obtain a proof of enrollment from their school’s administrative front office. This is a letter stating that you are currently enrolled in that high school. Or you can submit an approved class schedule with your student name and semester date visible. *Please note that minors are prohibited from R-rated movies without parent or guardian present.  

How long does the LEARN program last?

The LEARN program expires on August 31 every year. Whether you sign up on September 1 or July 15, participation expires August 31. You may begin signing up for the next year of the LEARN program on August 17.

Application Dates

2019-20 School Year (Enrollment begins August 17, 2019)

What happens if you run out of the 20 free tickets on any given screening?

That’s it–after the 20 tickets go, you have to purchase your ticket.

What happens if I sign up for a free ticket through the LEARN  program and don’t show up?

If you sign up for a ticket and don’t use it, you will have a strike added to your record. If you miss a second screening without canceling your reservation, you’ll be banned from the program for the remainder of the school year. You can cancel any reservation by emailing afs@austinfilm.org three hours before the start time.

Which screenings will NOT have LEARN program tickets available?

New Release films are excluded from the LEARN Program. Also excluded are Artist Services programs, Premieres, Special Events and screenings labeled as “Special Screenings”. All AFS Signature Programs will have LEARN tickets available.

What’s the difference between Signature Programs and New Releases? All of our repertory selections and monthly series are Signature Programs. This includes Essential Cinema, Doc Nights, Avant Cinema, Newly Restored, Sunday School, and any retrospectives and themed series, among other programs. New Release programs will be listed as so on our website.

What if I want to attend a Moviemaker Dialogue?

LEARN participation is exclusive to our exhibition programs. However, LEARN participants can receive discounts to Moviemaker Dialogues ($7 admission).

Do I get a free +1 with my free student ticket?

Nope! LEARN participants may only request one ticket per eligible screening. Additional tickets may be purchased at the General Admission price. Violation of this policy may result in suspension or removal from the program. 

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