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5 Reasons Why You Should Go to the 12th Annual Film & Food Party

Like film? Like food? The you should head to the 2014 Austin Film & Food Party. Here's five great reasons why.

12th Annual Film & Food Party

12th Annual Film & Food Party


The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St, Texas

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Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce the 12th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and renowned culinary hotspot. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, this evening brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. We can guarantee that there will be great people, food, drinks, entertainment, and a lot of fun! The party takes place on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m., and here’s what you need to know about the event:

1. There will be a wide array of delicious foods from top Austin restaurants

There will be specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative dishes presented by some of Austin’s most notable chefs. We always have some of the hottest names in the Austin culinary scene at the party. By having many restaurants present, there will be an exciting range of cuisines. Food will be provided from the cooking talents behind The Driskill Hotel, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Ranch 616, Whole Foods Market Cheese Lounge, and more!

2. Rub shoulders with well-known Hollywood filmmakers

You will have the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and screenwriters coming to AFF in a social environment. It’s not every day you can attend a party where notable celebrities will be present. Past film professionals who have attended our Film & Food party were Shane Black, Robert Rodriguez, and Alexis Bledel. Cary Fukunaga, executive producer and director of “True Detective,” will be hosting this year’s Film & Food Party.

3. Participate in the silent auction, which presents the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences

You will have the chance to bid in live and silent auction where the proceeds will benefit one of Austin Film Festival’s current projects. Some of the prizes at this year’s event are wine tastings and tours, show tickets at the Long Center, nights at the St. Cecilia, jewelry from Russell Korman Jewelry, signed movie posters and so much more all in the silent auction.

4. Hear Elizabeth McQueen perform in person

Elizabeth McQueen is a local Austin musician. She is the current vocalist for the Texas legends and nine-time Grammy winner band, Asleep At the Wheel. Elizabeth also recorded and performed with Willie Nelson during an Austin City Limits Live taping. During her time with the Wheel she's been featured on six records, performed and recorded with the Fort Worth Symphony, and backed up Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Willie Nelson on the "Last of the Breed Tour." Elizabeth’s latest effort has her exploring jazz and the swing side of roots music.

5. Help out and raise funds for the Austin Film Festival’s On Story® Project

The On Story® Project encompasses AFF’s PBS affiliated show On Story, the book series On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft; and the On Story Podcasts — all produced off various recordings captured from past Festivals & year-round events. The On Story archive is also made available to students through AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program, which introduces young people to the film industry and provides new mediums for them to express their creativity, improve their communication skills, and benefit the arts community as a whole. The On Story Project shares 20 years of wonderful experiences and knowledge from screenwriters such as Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and Vince Gilligan, just to name a few.

About Jenny Zurita

Austin Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters and is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

Published October 7th, 2014