AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY

aka AFS, Texas Film Hall of Fame, Austin Studios, Texas Film Awards, AFS Cinema, Austin Public   |   Austin, TX   |  www.austinfilm.org

Mission

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS's mission is to empower our community to make, watch, & love film and creative media. AFS curates & screens hundreds of repertory, international & art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a production facility with six soundstages, & Austin Public, a space for our city's diverse media makers to train & collaborate. AFS encourages media literacy & provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking & gain access to tools for media production. AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin & Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational org.

Ruling year info

1986

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Rebecca Campbell

Main address

1901 E. 51st Street

Austin, TX 78723 USA

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EIN

74-2433823

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Exhibition

The AFS Exhibition program began 32 years ago when our founders came together to screen films that weren’t available to the community. Today AFS' signature repertory series include Essential Cinema, Doc Nights, Avant Cinema, Newly Restored, Sunday School, Cinema of Resistance, and Science on Screen, as well as director retrospectives and new arthouse releases. We present these films in our newly renovated two-screen theater, the AFS Cinema.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The AFS Grant provides cash to emerging film and video artists whose work demonstrates promise, creativity, and skill. Since 1996, AFS has awarded grants to 393 artists and 495 projects, totaling $1.6 million in cash and $332,730 in goods and services. The cash grants have funded production, post-production, distribution, and stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals. Additional support and resources include fiscal sponsorship, individual consultations, Moviemaker Dialogues with industry experts, works-in-progress screenings, and networking events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFS engages community members of all ages. Last year we invested in 448 area youth by providing critical 21st century media literacy skills and early training in the art and science of filmmaking through our after-school programs (AFS Film Club) at under resourced local Austin schools and at our summer film camps (Summer @ Austin Studios). In addition, we train 45 interns each year, who, upon completion of their internship, enter our unique Filmmaker Referral Program. This program has facilitated 693 job placements on feature films, commercials, television series, and other media-arts projects. Furthermore, AFS offers affordably priced classes at our Austin Public facility. Classes range from practical skills in pre-production, production, and post-production to soft skills such as navigating the film festival environment when your film has been programmed. AFS also offers the opportunity for all film and media makers to share their work on the city’s public access channels.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFS attracts film development and production to Texas through Austin Studios. Austin Studios was founded in 2,000 and operates on land leased from the City of Austin. Austin Studios features 100,000 square feet of dedicated production space as well as additional space for a screening room, industry vendors, and production offices. Austin Studios has brought $1.65 billion in economic impact to Texas from feature films, commercials, music videos, industrials and still shoots, and created over 12,400 jobs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Exhibition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic and the temporary closure of the AFS Cinema and switch to our Virtual platform, [email protected], 2020's number is currently an approximation.

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Artist Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AFS Grant - direct cash paid to artists

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Media

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The lower number in 2020 is due to the pandemic.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Austin Film Society are to provide internationally relevant film culture to every Austinite; nurture and support filmmakers and creative media artists toward career leaps; encourage Austin's growing creative media community and infrastructure; and achieve financial and operational stability.

We work to achieve these goals by curating thousands of repertory, international, and art-house film screenings annually at the AFS Cinema; delivering financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operating Austin Studios, a film and television production facility; managing Austin Public, a space for our city's diverse mediamakers to train in classes and workshops and collaborate by producing content for the City of Austin's official public access cable channels; and encouraging media literacy and providing a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and enjoy access to tools for media production through afterschool classes, intern training, and the LEARN program.

Our 32-year history, partnerships locally and nationally, and expert and dedicated staff and board allow us to carry out these strategies. Our experienced programs staff meticulously curates arthouse films with an eye for the Austin film-loving community and develops an educational program that serves a broad spectrum of creative mediamakers.

We are deeply proud of the talented filmmakers who have gone through our educational programs and launched successful careers; the many productions that have filmed on our lot; and a 32-year strong exhibition history. We've taken up the torch for the longest running public access station in the country, and inspire youth to tell their stories through filmmaking while cultivating media literacy. We've accomplished much, and our organizational capacity continues to expand. However, although we are better positioned today in terms of both facilities and leadership to meet long identified needs, as a nonprofit we still rely on community partners to help make up the funding gap so that we can keep our services affordable and accessible, allowing us to support Austin's current creative class as well as the next generation of filmmakers. Therefore, in order to maintain this forward momentum and to continue to make Austin synonymous with great film, it is vital that AFS seek out enhanced partnerships with funders whose support will play a vital role in ensuring that our artistic and financial goals are met.

Financials

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eric DeJernett

Jane Schweppe

Richard Linklater

Chris Adams

Louis Black

Eric DeJernett

Chale Nafus

Tracy LaQuey Parker

Charles Ramirez Berg

Shanaz Hemmati

Mehcad Brooks

Kat Candler

Adam Chibib

Lisa Hickey

Lina Plath

Riki Rushing

Artemio San Martin

Dan Allen

Michael Blizzard

Cecilia Conti

LeMel Humes

Heather Page

Christopher Rios

Robert Rodriguez

Irene Shoghi

Ya'Ke Smith

Rebecca Campbell

Austin Film Society, CEO

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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