Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Fresh off the heels of our expanding partnerships with Cannes, Raindance, Hollyshorts, and AFM (more on that shortly) and our new partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission and the Hamburg Film Festival, we're proud to announce that we have now joined forces with the prestigious Austin Film Festival.

For starters, we'll be screening our 4th Annual Short Film Program during the festival.  So far this program has screened at Hollyshorts, Raindance and now we're excited to bring it to Austin and their audience of fervent film fans.  Later this year, we'll be screening this program online for an audience of over 500 executives all over the world, giving our winning filmmakers unparalleled access to managers, agents, development execs, financiers and more.

"Austin Film Festival is excited to partner with Stage 32 for our 26th Annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference. With our shared missions of helping storytellers find their voice on the page and on the screen, this is a natural fit. We look forward to sharing this experience!" – Alexandra T. Mitchell, Shorts Programmer, Austin Film Festival

Additionally, our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, and I will be speaking on numerous panels covering screenwriting, filmmaking, film producing, film finance and more.

And, of course, we will be hosting our 7th Annual Stage 32 Rooftop Bash at Handlebar, just a short block away from the Driskill hotel. 

All of these fantastic partnerships bring more opportunity and access for our talented members.  There's more to come!  But in the meantime, our thanks to all the incredible people at the Austin Film Festival & Conference for working with us and forging this exciting and exclusive partnership!



Austin Film Festival Exhibit Hall: The Stage 32 Booth

Come meet Stage 32 Script Services team, Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, and Script Services Coordinator, Nick Assunto, live and in person at the Stage 32 booth in the conference hall. We'll have plenty of fun prizes and giveaways for our Stage 32 members. Plus some special surprises. You don't want to miss out!

Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Friday, October 25, 2019 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: The Driskill Hotel, Exhibit Hall 604 Brazos St., Austin, Texas

Click here to learn more!


Panel: Short Form Story Telling with Jason Mirch

Date: Friday October 25, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 10:15am

Location: The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701
Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry. Get a Festival Badge Here
Not many people understand story like our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch. Composing an engaging story with clear characterization, dialogue, and structure is challenging enough when creating a feature film—imagine successfully placing these nuanced elements into a half-hour or less! Jason and his fellow panelists will share tips, tricks, and strategies for brewing the right storytelling potion.


Panel: Finding the Time To Balance as a Creative with Richard "RB" Botto

Date: Friday October 25, 2019

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm

Location: The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry. Get a Festival Badge Here

If you have listened to our CEO, Richard "RB" Botto on his numerous podcast appearances, seen his posts here on Stage 32, or read his articles on Medium, you know he is a big proponent in finding happiness in all your creative and personal pursuits. How do you find the time to pursue your creative goals “on the side” while still focusing on work and family? RB and his fellow panelists will discuss strategies for balancing your creative endeavors with real world responsibilities, with advice for maintaining all your creative impulses.


7th Annual Stage 32 Rooftop Bash

For the last 7 years, the Stage 32 Rooftop Bash has been THE party to attend at the Austin Film Festival. We invite all our Stage 32 members for a fun night to celebrate YOU, the most creative community on the planet, at the Handlebar J's Austin Rooftop Patio. Every year, hundreds of AFF attendees and Stage 32 members attend this party and it's regularly the most talked about event during the Austin Film Festival. This year will be no different! Come meet Stage 32 Founder and CEO, Richard "RB" Botto, Stage 32 Director of Script Services Jason Mirch, and our Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator Nick Assunto. You must RSVP - space is limited, so don't miss out! This is a 21 and over event!

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Handlebar Austin Rooftop, 121 E. 5th St., Austin, Texas

Click here for more details and to RSVP to the Stage 32 Meetup!


The 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening

Date: Saturday October 26, 2019

Time: 4:00pm - 5:25pm

Location: Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Screening details: click here

Must have a Film Pass or a Badge for entry.

Film Pass: Get Your Film Screening Pass Here

Badge: Get a Festival Badges Here

Fresh off our screenings at Hollyshorts and Raindance, Stage 32 is proud to screen its 4th Annual Short Film Program at the Austin Film Festival. Come see films by 7 filmmakers hailing from 4 countries. Stage32's Short Film Program is judged and curated by Academy Award-winning short film filmmakers and leading industry executives. The 2019 Stage 32 screening features filmmakers from the France, USA, Canada, and Turkey. For the last 4 years this program has served as the leading incubator of finding representation for new writing and directing talent. Our winners have gone on to be repped by the biggest management companies and agencies in the world, many have gone on to direct features for major prod co's, land jobs at networks, and one has even moved on to one of the biggest script spec sales of the last 5 years!



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