Sponsored Films

AFS MAKE members can submit their projects for fiscal sponsorship. If approved, the filmmaker can use AFS’s 501 (c)(3) status as an “umbrella” when applying to government granting agencies and foundations that will only grant funds to non-profit organizations. Fiscally sponsored projects can also solicit tax-deductible donations from private individuals and businesses. Fiscal sponsorship is not appropriate for all projects. In order to qualify, the projects must be noncommercial in nature and the filmmaker may not also raise funds by soliciting investors. For more information about the program and about how to apply, please contact the AFS Artist Services department by emailing erica@austinfilm.org

VALLAM KALI

In this celebratory story centered around an ancient royal sporting tradition of racing war boats, Sunil Kumar, who hails from a long line of prominent boat captains, strategically prepares to race his team for their village’s glory in the ancient tradition of “Vallam Kali”(meaning “Snake Boat Race”), keeping alive 400 years of rich regional cultural heritage.
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SHARK COWBOYS

Four anglers from different walks of life compete in an exhaustive, three-day shark fishing tournament in a monumental effort of shark conservation and an ultimate $20,000 prize.
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ON DYING OF DEMENTIA IN A CAPITALIST SYSTEM

Personal and political merge in a short animation documentary that takes an intimate look at both the business and the humanity of dying.
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A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING

An experimental documentary looking at the San Antonio pecan shellers’ strike of 1938 and the Jobs with Justice march led by Nacogdoches cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, and housekeepers in 1987.
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ALSO STARRING AUSTIN

ALSO STARRING AUSTIN explores a community’s rapidly changing built & natural environment and unique culture through its locally shot films.
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SOUTH OF MARFA

Karen Skloss’ SOUTH OF MARFA will be a 5-7 minute film about the institutionally systemic sexual abuse of immigration detainees under ICE.
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BAGATELLE

BAGATELLE is a social satire art-house film in the vein of masterworks of Otar Iosseliani, Luis Buñuel, and Pierre Étaix, who are major influences.
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BORN WITH IT

With a pool of 46 talented grandchildren to choose from, legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside chose 13-year-old Cedric as apprentice.
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BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Uncovers the story of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers upon whose backs and hard labor the boom is built.
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COME AND TAKE IT: THE JESSICA JIN STORY

COME AND TAKE IT: THE JESSICA JIN STORY captures the transformation of a young woman to leadership of America’s most inspired anti-gun violence movement called Cocks Not Glocks.
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Women in Film and Television – Austin

Mission Statement – WIFT Austin is here to connect, support and empower women in film and Television in the greater Austin area.
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Experimental Response Cinema

Experimental Response Cinema is an Austin-based collective of artists, devoted to bringing moving-image art to screens throughout our city.
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GOOD ‘OL GIRL

There is a steady rise of Texas women inheriting family ranches from their fathers.
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i’m gonna make you love me

i’m gonna make you love me is a tale of one man’s tragi-comedic journey into manhood, a journey that included tabloids, Tupperware parties, and two coming out parties – first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was meant to be.
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RAISING ANIYA

RAISING ANIYA plays in three movements built around a continuous musical score, visually expansive or intimate by turns, carrying us through sunset (the past), night (the present), and sunrise (the future) on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
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THE INCIDENT AT THE BELLWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

Carl Beesley, my grandfather, accidentally shot and killed a 9-year-old boy during a school play. Eighty-years after my grandfather’s incident, my brother Tim accidentally shot and killed a man. The Incident at Bellwood Schoolhouse discoveries how these tragic events are connected.
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CALL HER GANDA

Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman is found dead in a motel room with a 19-year-old U.S. marine as the leading suspect.
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BECOMING LESLIE

LESLIE is a hybrid documentary that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Albert Leslie Cochran, a rebellious, cross-dressing homeless man who became the most unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas.
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LIVING SPRINGS

LIVING SPRINGS is an interactive documentary about Barton Springs, Austin’s most beloved natural resource.
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GOOD NIGHT BLUES: THE DONN’S DEPOT STORY

A civil engineer and an Elvis-loving, piano-playing tire salesman transform an abandoned train depot & some derelict rail cars into an oasis of community, friendship & music.
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MAJOR

In August 1899 Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor became the first African-American World Champion in any sport.
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FIGHTING FAIR

“FIGHTING FAIR” is a documentary film that will provide a context-driven look at transgender athletes and their evolving role in sports and society.
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100 WAYS TO CATCH THE WIND

After seeing climate change disproportionately impact the lives of women in their communities, three female leaders from Peru, Fiji, and Malawi take matters into their own hands to save their homelands from the ravages of a warming world.
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FOXY TROT

FOXY TROT is a lighthearted, romantic comedy about a lesbian couple who take beginning ballroom dance lessons in Austin, TX.
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INQUIRER: GENE ROBERTS AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF NEWSPAPERS

INQUIRER tells the story of the legendary newspaper editor Gene Roberts, often called the best editor in the country at a time when newspapers had unprecedented resources and impact.
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RETURN TO SENDER

RETURN TO SENDER is a documentary film that explores the public policy and practical challenges of providing real world services to prisoners as they prepare for re-entry and reintegration into society.
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SEADRIFT

In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in a small Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese fishing communities along the Gulf Coast.
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THE SENSITIVES

THE SENSITIVES is an intimate, verité film focused on families put to the test by ​an ​unknown illness.​
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CABALLERANGO

CABALLERANGO is a meditative portrait of memory and grief in rural Mexico.
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SHOUTING DOWN MIDNIGHT

SHOUTING DOWN MIDNIGHT is the story of Texas women speaking out for reproductive justice.
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STUMPED

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser suddenly becomes a quadrilateral amputee, he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy.
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UNTITLED ISRAELI FOOTBALL PROJECT

With ten teams throughout the country, the Kraft Family Israel Football League is a thriving collective of disparate nationalities, religions, ages and skill levels all united with the goal of playing American Football in the Holy Land.
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VINYL GENERATION

In 1980s Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics and eventually, a revolution.
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WHEN WE WERE LIVE

WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a feature length documentary about the pioneers of Austin’s public access television in the 80’s and 90’s.
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FAILING FORWARD: ON THE ROAD TO SOCIAL IMPACT

This short documentary profiles a nonprofit organization using rigorous data collection and analysis to achieve meaningful changes in the lives of the people it serves.
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THE ACT OF READING

A retired high school English teacher is confronted by a former student who failed her class 15 years prior. He then involves her in a feature-length documentary about Moby-Dick and the science of reading.
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NOTHING STAYS THE SAME: THE STORY OF THE SAXON PUB

A feature-length documentary that explores the challenges – and triumphs – faced by musicians and
music venues in a rapidly growing city as seen through the lens of Austin’s Saxon Pub.
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NOTHIN’ NO BETTER

Nothin’ No Better is a series of cinematic portraits, each one a glimpse into the life and perspective of a different member of the community of Rosedale, in the Mississippi Delta region.
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BETO VS. CRUZ: THE FIGHT FOR 2018

Incumbent Ted Cruz (R) faces long shot challenger Beto O’Rourke (D) in a fight to represent a polarized Texas electorate and tip the balance of power in the US Senate.
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WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND follows Julian Moreno, the 89-year-old grandfather of filmmaker Iliana Sosa, on his monthly journey from Mexico
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DESERT OF THE REAL

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LIFE IN THE LOGWOODS

Life in the Logwoods is a documentary portrait of a culture and industry rarely witnessed firsthand by outsiders.  Rural East
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FOR THE RECORD

In a small Texas Panhandle town, which over the decades has lived through oil booms and busts, devastating wildfires, and
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TURNING TEXAS

Turning Texas will tell the history of Latino voting in Texas and one women’s fight to ensure that Latino voices
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KINDERLAND

The tale of a century-old rivalry and newfound alliance between two Jewish summer camps – one Communist, the other Socialist
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