AFS Works In Progress was started in 2005 to support filmmakers by providing peer-level critique of their rough cuts. As of March, 2020, the AFS Works In Progress program is suspended due to COVID 19-related budget cuts. We will update this page when the program resumes. You can stay up to date on AFS filmmaker programs and news by signing up for the AFS MAKE newsletter. Change your email preferences here.

Read on for more history and information about the program.

Our Works-In-Progress series grew out of Docs-In-Progress, which began in 2005 as a way to offer the growing, diverse and vibrant filmmaking community of Austin peer-level critiques of rough or fine cuts of their work. Films that have gone through the program have premiered at major film festivals like Sundance and SXSW. We hold regular screenings of rough/fine cuts, followed by audience discussion and feedback (written and verbal). Sessions are moderated by experienced Austin filmmakers and audience members are expected to agree to confidentiality regarding the film and the feedback process. To submit your work for screening consideration, please read the submission information below. Submissions are selected for screening by our filmmaker advisory committee.

Works-In-Progress is a program for feature films.

Screenings are typically held in the evening at Austin Public’s Studio 1 (1143 Northwestern Ave) and are free, but you must be an AFS MAKE level or higher member to submit or attend Works-In-Progress. On occasion, we do open up these screenings to Members to experience the filmmaking process. Find out more about Membership >>

“I can’t imagine anything more valuable – or thrilling – for a filmmaker with a rough cut than to sit in the back of a theater and listen to a group of people talk about it. This is precisely what AFS facilitates. The feedback I received from my work-in-progress screening – both positive and negative – was invaluable, and will be of great assistance as I push the film toward its final cut. I can only hope that the eventual premiere is as satisfying.”

David Lowery

Submission Rules

The Director / Producer must be a current AFS member at the MAKE level member or above. More about membership >>

Submitted rough cuts should have a running time between 40 and 120 minutes. Filmmakers should send in their applications as early in the editing process as possible, as it can take up to 4-6 weeks for the review process and scheduling process to yield a screening date.

Filmmakers may submit their film for consideration a maximum of 2 times.

Aside from basic contact information about the filmmaker, we require a short synopsis of the film, a description of your submitted video, a description of project personnel, a project timeline, and information regarding the kind of feedback you are looking for at this stage of the filmmaking process.

In order for us to process your request, we must receive your materials a month before your proposed screening date.

Please note: projects will not be considered unless the Producer / Director is an AFS MAKE level (or higher) member. Join here.

We will not be able to publicly screen all submitted films. Once we receive submitted materials, the information is forwarded to members of our filmmaker advisory committee. They review the materials and will do one of two things: recommend the film for participation in the program; or return the materials to the filmmaker with written comments.

If selected for the program, the filmmaker will be matched up with a moderator who will provide peer-level feedback and facilitate the audience discussion at the screening. AFS staff will work with the filmmaker to schedule the event and technical details.

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