Ingmar Bergman's Centennial

Through October

This year marks the centennial of the great writer/director Ingmar Bergman. We will present two selections of his work, one in summer and one in fall.

Reality in Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective

September 8 – 29

AFS teams with the Austin Asian American Film Festival to present this selection of works by one of the most important filmmakers in the world today, the Taiwanese writer-director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.


October 4 – 30

We are honored to partner with the Austin Polish Film Festival to present a selection of films by one of Poland’s greatest filmmakers, the incomparable Andrzej Wajda, who chronicled in his films some of the most turbulent periods in world history, from the nation that had the closest vantage point to many of them.

Children of Abraham / Ibrahim: Films of the Middle East and Beyond

September 6 – 27

Films from the Middle East can open our hearts, minds and understanding about a region that we only experience in newscasts. For the 12th year running, AFS presents a selection of recent films that shine a light on diverse people and perspectives.

Other Forms of Life, programmed by Huma Bhabha

October 3 – 29

From sci-fi horror to film noir to docu-fiction, this greatly varied and surprising series of films has been programmed by artist Huma Bhabha to coincide with her exhibition Other Forms Of Life, showing at The Contemporary Austin starting on September 15.


October 5 – 28

The Italian style of thriller that has become known as the giallo, is, when done well, fascinating and haunting, thanks in large part to the films’ scores. This series presents some of the best films of the genre, and some of the best soundtracks.


Avant Cinema

The art of cinema has always had a cutting edge. This series is a guided tour right up to that edge.

Cinema of Resistance

Cinema of Resistance highlights important stories about social action and organizing, and features post-screening community discussions.

Doc Nights

We keep it real with the best documentaries from around the world.

Essential Cinema

The longest-running AFS program, Essential Cinema presents diverse, interesting and educational mini-tours through the most essential film works of past and present.

History of Television

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.

Homo Arigato

Rare and beautiful queer films, presented with special informative introductions. Brought to you by Mouthfeel and Young Creature.


The new cult film canon.

Modern Masters

Showcasing the great filmmakers who are making their best work right now.

Newly Restored

Sharing the newest restorations from archives and studios worldwide.

Premieres & Special Events

Join us for advance screenings, guest events, major Premieres and more.

Science on Screen

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

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.

World Cinema Classics

Showcasing the history of cinema for new audiences year round.

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