May 2 – 23
For the past two decades Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing has been making pointedly observational documentaries about his home country of staggering substance – and length. Though his work is unknown and unscreened in China, he has become one of the most important figures in the medium.
May 8 – 29
AFS Founder and Artistic Director Richard Linklater returns with the latest cycle of Jewels In The Wasteland, a series designed to spotlight some of the best films made during the 1980s.
May 30 – June 2
AFS Doc Days, our second annual festival of non-fiction cinema, features outstanding new documentary work from around the world with filmmakers in attendance. Doc Days is an opportunity for Austin’s vibrant documentary community, filmmakers and audiences, to come together, see new work, and meet with visiting filmmakers.
The art of cinema has always had a cutting edge. This series is a guided tour right up to that edge.
Cinema of Resistance highlights important stories about social action and organizing, and features post-screening community discussions.
We keep it real with the best documentaries from around the world.
The longest-running AFS program, Essential Cinema presents diverse, interesting and educational mini-tours through the most essential film works of past and present.
A small-screen adjunct to our big-screen programs. We present – in tandem with guest experts – some of the key work from television’s past, with enlightening insights and information about the work and process.
Rare and beautiful queer films, presented with special informative introductions. Brought to you by Mouthfeel and Young Creature.
Premieres & Special Events
Join us for advance screenings, guest events, major Premieres and more.
Creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.
An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Sunday School is a monthly family-friendly series at the Austin Film Society, which aims to introduce young audiences to global classics that parents and kids can enjoy together. Sunday School is guest programmed by local cinephile and mom Stacy Brick.